Sorenstam Unsure of Playing World Cup


Annika Sorenstam has one week to decide whether she wants to play in the Womens World Cup of Golf, which starts the LPGA Tour season in February in South Africa.
I was really excited to hear about the World Cup, so thats a positive thing, Sorenstam said. Im just trying to figure out if my break is going to be long enough, and if thats going to prevent me from getting more tired by traveling all around the world. I guess I have to look at my schedule and see if it fits.
The tournament will be Feb. 11-13 at Fancourt, the same course where Tiger Woods and Ernie Els had their dramatic playoff before the Presidents Cup ended in a tie last year.
Sorenstam might not be the only marquee player missing.
One issue for some countries is whether their top player can choose her own partner. And that might be enough to keep Karrie Webb of Australia from playing.
Webb and Rachel Teske won the World Cup when it last was played, in 2000 in Malaysia. She wants to defend the title with Teske in South Africa, but Australian Ladies Professional Golf wants to use a ranking system. That means Webb would have to play with Wendy Doolan.
If Webb chooses not to play, the bid shifts to the top Aussie from the Ladies European Tour, Anne-Marie Knight. If Sorenstam doesnt play, Swedens spot goes to Asa Gottmo from the LET.
I would like to pick who I play with, Webb said.
Each countrys ruling body is in charge of deciding teams. The United States (LPGA) is letting its highest-ranked player choose, and Meg Mallon probably will take Beth Daniel or Juli Inkster.
Canadian officials also avoided the problem by letting Lorie Kane choose. She is taking Dawn Coe-Jones.
I never really considered anything beyond her, Kane said.
As for the other countries?
I dont agree 100 percent with amateur bodies suggesting who we play with, Kane said. I think we can figure it out ourselves.
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