14. Annika Sorenstam:
Sorenstam was on top of her sport when she decided to call it quits. She’s considered one of the best ever in her sport. Many believe she is the greatest women’s golfer to ever compete. Indeed, Sorenstam boasts a long list of decorated accomplishments. She won 72 total LPGA titles and 10 total major championships.
Overall, she has the most wins of any female golfer. As of today, Sorenstam sits alone atop the LPGA’s all-time money list with $22 million earned. That’s over $2 million more than her closest competition. And she played 149 fewer events. Her success is simply unparalleled. Sorenstam’s individual records in the sport are many. However, she could have smashed those and achieved many more records. For whatever reason, she stepped down from competition in May 2008 at the age of 38. Sorenstam went on to become a mother, and her accomplishments in golf can never be discredited. They just could have been even greater, a sobering prospect to consider.