Sorenstam to Focus on Womens Tour

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GOLD COAST, Australia -- Annika Sorenstam believes women golfers have proved they can compete against men. Now she wants to concentrate on supporting the women's tour.
 
'I think we've showed men on different tours that we can play,' Sorenstam said Wednesday, a day before playing in the ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines. 'It's time that the women's tour and golf grows. We have a great tour, both in the U.S. and Europe, and that's where we should all play.'
 
Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour when she played in the Colonial last May. She missed the 36-hole cut by four strokes and finished tied for 96th, ahead of 11 men. In January, 14-year-old Michelle Wie missed the cut by a stroke in the Sony Open, a surprising effort that prompted seven other PGA Tour events to offer her exemptions.
 
Two weeks ago, England's Laura Davies, the defending ANZ Ladies champion, became the first woman to play in either a European PGA or Australasian tour event. She missed the cut at the ANZ Championship and finished next to last among the field of 156 golfers.
 
Sorenstam, who won six women's tournaments last year and completed her career Grand Slam with victories at the LPGA Championship and the Women's British Open, said she's glad she played in the Colonial.
 
'I think people have different reasons for why they do it,' Sorenstam said. 'I did it to improve myself and my game, and I had a really great year last year.
 
'I won't do it again because we have a great tour. I don't think we necessarily need to go out and prove anything. However, (in) Laura's case, or Michelle Wie, whatever they want to do it for, that is really up to them.'
 
Davies said her two rounds at the ANZ Championship were among the worst of her career.
 
'I was trying to help sponsors, get media coverage, but it was called a gimmick,' Davies said. 'I really thought I could play with them or I wouldn't have bothered.'
 
Australia's Karrie Webb, a four-time winner here, said she has no inclination to play in a men's event.
 
'At this stage of my career it's something I have no interest in,' she said.
 
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