Annika back in the game, back with the boys in Tahoe

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DUBLIN, Ohio – Annika Sorenstam is coming out of retirement. Well, sort of.

The LPGA Hall of Famer announced on Wednesday that she will play the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe July 18-20. The 43-year-old retired in 2008, but will tee it up with the men in Tahoe 11 years after her historic start at the 2003 Colonial.

Sorenstam will join the likes of former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden and former NFL quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Mark Rypien in the event which uses a Stableford scoring system (10 points for a double eagle, eight for a hole-in-one, six for an eagle, 3 for a birdie, 1 for a par, 0 for a bogey and minus two for a double bogey or higher).

When asked the state of her game and whether she thought she could win the event, Sorenstam flashed her familiar competitive smile, “I always do.”

“I don’t consider myself a celebrity,” she said. “I’m always a golfer.”