Annika Praised by Swedish Ambassador

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FT. WORTH, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam has received praise from the Swedish government for her exemplary conduct this week. The following is a letter to Sorenstam from Jan Eliasson, the Swedish Ambassador to the United States:
 
Dear Annika,
 
As Sweden's Ambassador to the United States, I would like to thank you for the style, equilibium and humility which you have shown in a vulnerable and important situation.
 
You should know that we are immensely proud of you and that we stand behind you to a man -- and to a woman.
 
Good luck and a warm welcome to the capital of the United States and to the Swedish Ambassador's residence as soon as possible.
 
CONGRATS FROM THE COMMISH
 
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem had the following words for Sorenstam:
 
On behalf of the PGA Tour, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Annika Sorenstam. Annika is a champion who so wonderfully represents the core values of our great game, sportsmanship and integrity. Despite the tremendous pressure and scrutiny over the past several months, she has distinguished herself at the Bank of America Colonial by her outstanding play as well as her demeanor and poise. Her presence this week has drawn positive attention to the growing and broadening fan base of his game. I look forward to this fall when Annika takes her rightful place in the World Golf Hall of Fame, as she is inducted with Nick Price, Leo Diegel and Chako Higuchi.
 
GARCIA'S SLUMP CONTINUES
 
Sergio Garcia continues his string of puzzling performances with another missed cut, this time at the Bank of America Colonial. Garcia, who won Colonial in 2001, has missed the cut in five of 10 events, and his best finish in a full-field event this year is a tie for 28th at the Masters.
 
I still hit some good shots, said Garcia of the Colonial experience, when he went 72-71 to miss by two strokes. I hit some really good ones, but somewhere in there, I also hit some weird ones. Im just going to keep working on it.
 
HOGAN DOESNT HELP ALLEM 'OR DOES HE?
 
After shooting 75 to open the tournament Thursday, Fulton Allem decided to change balls for the second round. He took three Ben Hogan balls from the practice range and fired a 66 with them. But he didnt credit the golf balls.
 
It makes no difference, said Allem. They are all good balls. Its just a question of confidence.
 
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