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tennisIlove09
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:28 PM
Sorenstam to Play Vs. Men at Colonial
Wed Feb 12, 2:21 PM ET

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas - Annika Sorenstam has decided to tee it up against the men, accepting an invitation to play in the Colonial in May.

She would be the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour.


"Annika's accomplishments show that she is certainly deserving," tournament chairman Dee Finley said Wednesday.


No golfer has won more tournaments than Sorenstam over the last two seasons, Tiger Woods included. Last year alone, she shattered the LPGA Tour scoring record and won 13 times around the world, the most by anyone in nearly 40 years.


"All the attention and speculation is flattering, and I appreciate that the Bank of America Colonial Golf Tournament is giving me this opportunity to compete in a PGA Tour event," Sorenstam said in a statement released by the sponsor.


"There were many invitations, but the golf course and schedule of the Colonial were ideal. For all the well-wishers who want to know why I would accept such a challenge the answer is simple: I am curious to see if I can compete in a PGA Tour event."


Sorenstam's main stipulation about playing against men has been to compete on a course that does not require power off the tee. Colonial is 7,080 yards (par 70) and puts a premium on accuracy.


"I'm as curious as anybody to see how the best LPGA player of today, and possibly all time, will play against the men," Phil Mickelson said. "Colonial is a wonderful course for her to do it on."


Mickelson, a past champion at Colonial, predicted that Sorenstam would "definitely" make the cut and probably would finish 20th.


How will he do?


"I hope 19th or better," Mickelson said.


The Colonial was made famous by Ben Hogan, who won five titles on his home course, and is steeped in tradition. No course has hosted a PGA Tour event longer than Colonial.


The last time a woman played a PGA Tour event, Babe Zaharias qualified for the 1945 Los Angeles Open and made the 36-hole cut before a 79 knocked her out of the final round.


Connecticut club pro Suzy Whaley has said she will play in the Greater Hartford Open in July. She qualified by winning a PGA of America sectional tournament, even though she was allowed to hit from a shorter set of tees.


At the Colonial, May 22-25, Sorenstam would play from the same tees as the men. The course hosted the 1991 U.S. Women's Open, but Sorenstam did not play.


The Colonial has one of the smallest fields on tour 114 to 120 players, while most events have 132 to as many as 156 players. The 32-year-old Sorenstam is getting one of the 12 sponsor exemptions for the event.


"Our course has provided a great platform to showcase the world's best players for more than 50 years, and we look forward to having a future Hall of Famer such as Annika compete at the Colonial," said Jim Thigpen, president of Colonial Country Club.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:29 PM
annika :worship:

nick will probably be in here in a couple of minutes! :p

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:34 PM
Yeah u guessed right Marri, but i don't like Golf very much actually :D I hope she'll do well though.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:35 PM
since our "tutta" and bjrn are playing like morons recently, i'll cheer for annika :angel:

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:37 PM
That's a good choise Marri, i think u should support every swede possible in sports ;)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:38 PM
lol POSSIBLE, yes, only if you do the same with us! ;)

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:40 PM
Hmm i supported your Hndball women, i'll started cheer for Stabekk, what more do u want me to do? ;) :kiss:

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:40 PM
i am staring to like hong kong now!

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:41 PM
HK rocks :cool:

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:42 PM
nick! the football team is written Stabk - the original, traditional way;)

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:43 PM
Du va krsen d :o I can't write that sign on my pc :p

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:44 PM
lmao @ stupid swedish computers! :p

:p

seff er jeg kresen! :p

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:46 PM
They are not stupid, just normal ;)

We have these one's though :p

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:46 PM
:p

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:48 PM
why do you have them?, it's not fair :D

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:49 PM
norwegians are so bright! lol we have a button *there* :p

nasty nick#2
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:52 PM
We should have them too somewhere :eek:. These one's will do $#. They suit u better :D

~ The Leopard ~
Feb 13th, 2003, 12:29 AM
Anyway, won't it be great if she does well? :angel:

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 13th, 2003, 01:26 AM
oh yes, of course joui :D

the swedes writing history for the first time :p

cyberix
Feb 13th, 2003, 02:01 AM
Originally posted by Martian Marri
oh yes, of course joui :D

the swedes writing history for the first time :p

The swedes wrote history with Bjorn Borg !

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 13th, 2003, 02:02 AM
lol i know, i just had to joke a lil bit with nick :angel:

nasty nick#2
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:19 AM
she know we're a superpower of sports ;)

Barrie_Dude
Feb 13th, 2003, 01:54 PM
:worship: :worship: Golf Goddess Anika:worship: :worship:


Actually, I am a big fan of Anika! I'm going to call my sis in Dallas and see if she can hook her brother up with tickets!

Barrie_Dude
Feb 13th, 2003, 03:29 PM
Bump

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 13th, 2003, 04:34 PM
Barrie, if oyu meet Annika, you can say this to her: Jag lskar dig :angel:

don't worry, i didn't teach you anything bad :p

Barrie_Dude
Feb 13th, 2003, 04:45 PM
Originally posted by Martian Marri
Barrie, if oyu meet Annika, you can say this to her: Jag lskar dig :angel:

don't worry, i didn't teach you anything bad :p


Have no fear, Marri! I have enough sense NOT to say anything in Swedish that you taught me! I'm not looking to get slapped!:p :rolleyes: :)

korben
May 13th, 2003, 07:28 PM
Singh to Sorenstam: Stay Home

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer May 13, 2003

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Vijay Singh made it clear how he feels about Annika Sorenstam playing on the PGA Tour.

He wants to her miss the cut next week in the Colonial.

And on the odd chance that he is paired with her, Singh says he won't play.

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In 1998, he played in an unofficial event called the ``Super Tour'' that matched the scorecards of nine professionals after playing 18 holes a day in four Asian cities. Laura Davies was invited to play, and finished 39 strokes behind Singh.

``Laura Davies is a long-ball hitter, but she still had to hit good irons,'' Singh said. ``It's just different for ladies to play on the men's tour. It's like getting the Williams sisters to play against a man, and they're far better athletes than she (Sorenstam) is.''


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*JR*
May 13th, 2003, 10:29 PM
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