This Day In Sports History (May 22nd) — Annika Sörenstam
It was on this day in 2003 that Annika Sörenstam played in the Bank of America Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. By taking part in the event, she became the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to compete against men on the PGA Tour.
At the time, Sörenstam was coming off back-to-back LPGA Tour Player of the Year awards, and she had set the record for most wins in a single year, with a total of 11 in 2002. That had many believing that she would be able to compete with the men, although, not everyone was convinced. Among the doubters was Vijay Singh, who believed Sörenstam had no business playing with the men on the PGA Tour. Apparently, he was somewhat correct in his analysis, as Sörenstam missed the cut after shooting five-over-par through the first two rounds and finishing in 96th out of 111 golfers.
While Sörenstam’s appearance in the Bank of America Colonial may have paved the way for other women, like Laura Davies and Michelle Wie, to take part in men’s events, many remain unconvinced that women can compete with their male counterparts on the golf course, and they may have a point. After all, when was the last time you saw one of these female golfers compete for a men’s tournament title?
Here is a look at Annika taking part in a men’s skins game.
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