Sorenstam Back with the Boys

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Annika Sorenstam just cant seem to get enough of this inter-gender competition.
 
For the third time this year, the worlds top female player will compete against the fellas, this time in The Skins Game.
 
Sorenstam will take on Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Mark OMeara in the $1 million event, which will be contested at Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif.
 
This is Sorenstams maiden appearance in this skins game, but it is not her first foray into such a competition.
 
The 48-time LPGA Tour winner has played in four LPGA Skins Games ' winning in 1997. She also got a nice tune-up for this particular event by competing in the Tiger Skins exhibition two weeks ago in Singapore.
 
Sorenstam, who became the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour when she missed the cut in the Bank of America Colonial, collected five skins for $35,000 to finish second behind Retief Goosen. She was the lone female in the four-person field, which also consisted of Jesper Parnevik and local player Lam Chih Bing.
 
(The) experience I got that week, I know I can win a few Skins, Sorenstam said. I think my chances are par 3s; I noticed on the par 5s and 4s when they hit the driver they just hit the so much further, but I am happy with my game right now.
 
Hopefully I can continue to play like this, and make a birdie on the right hole and win the right skin it will be all mine.
 
Sorenstam has won six times on her tour this year, and nearly made it a seventh last week in the LPGA's season-finale.
 
Meanwhile, her competition is far from championship form.
 
Mickelson failed to win a tournament this season, and went 0-5 in last week's Presidents Cup. Couples, who won this year's Shell Houston Open, is continuing to battle a bad back. And O'Meara is coming off his worst financial season in his lengthy PGA Tour career.
 
This is the first time the par-72, 7,085-yard Trilogy venue has played host. It is the seventh different venue in the events 21-year history.
 
OMeara won last years edition over Tiger Woods, Mickelson and Couples by finishing with eight skins and $405,000.
 
OMeara will be competing in this annual event for a fifth time. He won in 1998 and 2002, and finished second in 97 and 99. With $1,320,000, he trails only Couples in career Skins earnings.
 
Couples is making his record 10th appearance. He is the most prolific player in Skins history. He holds the record for Most Career Skins Won (58), Most Career Skins Money ($2,270,000) and most birdies in one year (nine, in 1999).
 
He won in 1995, 96 and 99, and has earned at least three skins in each of his 10 career starts.
 
Mickelson returns for the second straight year. The San Diego native made his debut with three skins and $300,000.
 
The two-day event will be televised Saturday and Sunday.
 
Each of the first six holes (1 through 6) will be worth $25,000. Each of the second six holes (7 through 12) will be worth $50,000. Holes 13 through 17 will each be worth $70,000, and the 18th hole, the Toyota Super Skin, will be worth $200,000. The foursome will play for $300,000 on Saturday and $700,000 on Sunday.
 
All four players have agreed to donate 20 percent of their winnings ($200,000) out of the $1 million purse to their favorite charities.