By Jay Coffin
Annika, Michelle. Michelle, Annika. Its open for debate which player will capture the most headlines this week.
Ultimately it comes down to performance. If Annika Sorenstam works her way into contention at the Womens British Open, her last appearance in a major championship, she deserves a bulk of the ink. The only way she wouldnt get that ink is if Michelle Wie makes the cut at the PGA TOURs Reno-Tahoe Open.
History says that Sorenstam has a better chance of winning than Wie has of making the cut, but stranger things have happened.
Wie, 18, makes news no matter what she does ' good or bad ' and shell be playing in the U.S., a significant piece to the puzzle. Most of the American golf media will be at neither event, rather will be home resting before a busy week at the PGA Championship. Still, should something develop with Wie playing on the weekend, it means the media will have easier access to her because shes in the States.
Meanwhile, Sorenstam will chase her 11th major championship at Sunningdale and Lorena Ochoa will look to become the first repeat champion of the Womens British Open since Sherri Steinhauer won in 1998-99, when the event wasnt an LPGA major.
If there wasnt enough anticipation about this weeks events ' and we havent even mentioned the WGC-Bridgestone or the U.S. Senior Open ' Sorenstam fired the first blow Tuesday afternoon from across the pond.
You know, I really dont know why Michelle continues to do this, Sorenstam said of Wies incessant need to play on the PGA TOUR. I mean, we have a major this week, and if you cant qualify for a major, I dont see any reason why you should play with the men.
Ouch. So Sorenstam clearly wont be sending Wie a holiday card this year.
Editor's note: GolfChannel.com will be tracking both Annika and Michelle during their opening rounds - Annika in the Women's British and Michelle at the Reno-Tahoe Open.