Rachel Hetherington isn’t planning to be flooded with emotions as she walks down memory lane one final time on Sunday afternoon.
To be blunt, Hetherington is ready to be done with life on the LPGA Tour.
Hetherington, a 38-year-old Australian who turned pro in 1994 and has accumulated nearly $6 million in career earnings, plans to retire after the final round of the 2010 CN Canadian Tour Women’s Open at St. Charles Country Club.
“Not really, no. I’ve just been kind of excited,” Hetherington said after she was asked if she was feeling sentimental this week. “I just don’t want to play anymore. That’s really the simple answer. If I’m really honest with myself, I don’t want to practice and work as hard as I need to.
“I’ve always been a really disciplined player and I’ve worked really hard on all the areas of my game, especially fitness and I really struggle doing it now. If I can’t play my best, I don’t want to play.”
It’s not that Hetherington doesn’t love the game anymore either, since she plans to retire to her home in Australia and stay involved in the game.
“I may do some teaching and I’d like to get involved in junior golf and the fitness side of golf,” said Hetherington, who also loves surfing.
After firing a 6-under 66 on Saturday, Hetherington would love nothing more than to give herself a victory as a going-away present.
But with a three-round total of 2-under 214, Hetherington is focusing on going out in fine form and letting the final result take care of itself.
“To be honest, I was really happy to make the cut in my last event,” said Hetherington, who is playing only her fourth LPGA Tour event of 2010 and has earned $15,778 to sit 119th on the money list. “I don’t have a goal and I think it’s because I don’t have any expectation. I’m not going to be doing the tour grind anymore and I’m looking forward to doing other things.”
Hetherington has engineered plenty of memorable moments during her career.
“Every win has been a highlight because there is something special with each one,” said Hetherington, who turned pro in 1994 and was an LPGA Tour rookie in 1997. “I’ve been fortunate to have won eight events on the best tour in the world. I played in an era with some of the best players ever being No. 1, with Karrie (Webb), Annika (Sorenstam). The era that I played was great. I’ve loved it.”
Hetherington played last week at the Safeway Classic in Oregon and just felt right about walking into the sunset after playing in the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
“These are my two favourite events from this half of the year, so I wanted to play these two,” said Hetherington.