Sorenstam has made it her job to play well at the $1.75 million event, winning
two of the last three tournaments and finishing second in 2002.
This year, Sorenstam will be working on her 50th LPGA tournament title and second victory in three starts.
Sorenstams impressive resume at the Office Depot Championship Hosted by
Amy Alcott is complemented by her stellar performance in title defenses. The
LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member has successfully defended
11 tournaments in her career.
If the 33-year-old Swede can take home another Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott title, she will have won three separate tournaments three times, joining an elite list of LPGA Tour greats'Patty Berg, Betsy King, Patty Sheehan, Louise Suggs, Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright'who have accomplished that same feat.
Sorenstam will be joined by an impressive 144-player field, all looking to
get on the payroll for the $262,500 firstplace check.
In addition to Sorenstam, four current LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame members are in the field (tournament host Amy Alcott, Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster and King), as well as four former Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott champions: Se Ri Pak, 2002; Grace Park, 2000; Rachel Teske, 1999; and Karrie Webb, 1997-98.
Leading Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year candidate Aree Song will be looking for her fourth consecutive top-10 finish in her first four starts as an LPGA professional.
Mikaela Parmlid, another 2004 rookie, will make her second start of the season thanks to a sponsor exemption. Parmlid, who hails from Sweden, was the 2003 NCAA individual champion while at the University of California.
Carrie Roberts, a second-year LPGA Tour pro, earned the other sponsor exemption and will make her first start of the season.
Last year, Sorenstam opened with a 68 (-4) to take a two-shot lead and never
looked back. With rounds of 72-71 on the weekend, Sorenstam led wire-towire
and finished four strokes clear of Pat Hurst, Heather Bowie and Pak. The
title was Sorenstams first of six victories in another record-setting season.