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


    How will Sorenstam fare against the men at the Colonial?
    Top 10 finish
    Top 25
    Makes the cut
    Barely misses the cut
    Misses the cut by a mile




    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.''


    Will Annika Sorenstam's short game be enough to make her competitive on the PGA Tour? We'll find out at the Colonial.

    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.


    What do you guys think about this? Personally I think this is pretty cool. Annika is definately head and shoulders above the rest of the field in women's golf and it will be interesting to see how she does in a men's PGA event. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    She's playing from the mens tees. She's gonna get smoked. She may be able to make the cut, but there is simply no way she can compete when on a par four she hits 3-4 iron to greens where men are hitting 9-pw. It's just not reasonable to think that on a course like the colonial anything other than an advantage would allow you to compete. She is at a great disadvantage almost immediately no matter how short the course is. She's a great golfer, and I've met her/practiced with her and she is really a terrific ball striker. However, the PGA is an entirely different caliber of play. It should be fun to watch. I think Phil Mick will end up eating his words though. I don't see her in a top twenty situation out of this at all.
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    I don't think that the distance of the course is going to be so much of a factor for her as her driving distance avg. is comparable to players like Brad Faxon and Jim Furyk. But, where Brad and Jim lack distance on the PGA tour they make up for in other ways. Brad is always one of the top putters and Jim was second to Tiger last year in greens in regulation.

    Annika is in the top ten in greens in regulation on the women's tour but she is not a very good putter, so the stats say, 39th on the tour.

    So, what it boils down to is what you were saying Seen. Will Annika be able to play a game like Jim Furyk does and be accurate with the long irons. If she can't then it will probably be very tough for her, because like I said she isn't very good with the flat stick.
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