Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Annika Sorenstam has accepted in invitation to play in a PGA event, the Colonial, this May. From The Golf Channel:
Sorenstam's husband, David Esch, confirmed his wife's decision early Wednesday morning. Esch said the details were worked out over the phone late Tuesday night.
Last week there was speculation that the club's members didn't want to be the first men's tournament for Sorenstam. But that position shifted abruptly over the weekend when it became apparent that the tournament's new title sponsor, The Bank of America, wanted Sorenstam to play in the tournament.
By the way, this story and others say it'll be the first time a woman competes with men since Babe Zaharias in the 1945 Los Angeles Open. But my information has Babe Didrikson (before she got married) playing in 1938. Either my date is wrong, or she came back and played again?
Phil Mickelson, for one, welcomes Sorenstam to the competition.
"Most of the guys hit 2-iron or 3-wood off those tees and Annika will hit driver," she said. "So they are about the same. I don't think their is much of a disadvantage at all. And the fairways are always fast, so it's not like you have to fly it a long way.
"I think it's a perfect venue for her."