McGwire Ready for Title Defense


Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire will try to defend his title for longest drive when he takes on seven PGA tour pros and LPGA star Annika Sorenstam at the ADT Skills Challenge on Monday.
The ADT Challenge is a made-for-TV event, and includes eight events, including long drive, putting and chip shot, with a total purse of $750,000. It is being held at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.
Each player is allowed three shots per skill, with only the best one counting. All nine players will be wearing microphones for the event that will be televised Dec. 25-26.on NBC.
In addition to McGwire and Sorenstam, the field includes John Daly, Nick Faldo, Peter Jacobsen, Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Funk and Chris DiMarco.
McGwire is the defending champion of the longest drive contest, earning $122,500 when he defeated Greg Norman and Paul Azinger, who finished second and third, respectively.
McGwire, a 3-handicap who finished 13th in the American Century Championship last year, won with a blast of 319 yards.
Former NFL quarterback John Elway competed against the pros in the 2003 event. He finished eighth out of nine players in a competition won by Matt Kuchar.
Past winners of the Challenge include Kuchar, Price, Peter Jacobsen, Brad Faxon, Billy Andrade, Gary Player, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh.
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