Aussie 'excited' to give up life on tour


, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

Rachel Hetherington isnt 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 Womens Open at St. Charles Country Club.

Not really, no. Ive just been kind of excited, Hetherington said after she was asked if she was feeling sentimental this week. I just dont want to play anymore. Thats really the simple answer. If Im really honest with myself, I dont want to practice and work as hard as I need to.

Ive always been a really disciplined player and Ive worked really hard on all the areas of my game, especially fitness and I really struggle doing it now. If I cant play my best, I dont want to play.

Its not that Hetherington doesnt 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 Id 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 dont have a goal and I think its because I dont have any expectation. Im not going to be doing the tour grind anymore and Im 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. Ive 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. Ive 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 Womens Open.

These are my two favourite events from this half of the year, so I wanted to play these two, said Hetherington.