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Anna Rawson won't be playing full-time in 2011

Jay Busbee
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Looks like Anna Rawson may be stepping away from the game of golf, at least on a full-time basis. She's not registered for the LPGA's Q School, and she'd need to play astonishingly well at the Tour Championship to hang on.

Or not. When Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry asked Rawson about the apparent imminent end-of-the-line, Rawson was forthcoming: "I’ve done this for six years, and it’s been awesome; I love it," she said. "But maybe there’s other things in life."

Rawson is a charming personality, no doubt, but her golf skills are, well, not quite up there with her marketing acumen. In three full years on the LPGA, she's notched only one top 10, and has career golf earnings of "just" $166,910.

Still, she'll have plenty of opportunities to grow both her own brand and that of the game. She'll also play on some sponsors' exemptions throughout the year.

It's not a terrible idea. What ladies' golf needs right now isn't another middle-of-the-road player; it needs a champion, in the public relations sense of the term, that can get the game in front of more people. If Rawson can do that, bringing more interest to the game through other outreach efforts, it'd be far more important than anything she could achieve on the course.

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