Sorenstam Gets BC Open Invite


Annika Sorenstam got her wish. She has been offered a sponsors's exemption to the B.C. Open, a $3 million PGA Tour event, July 17-20 in Endicott, N.Y.
Sorenstam was asked originally on the Golf Channel if she is interested in competing against a PGA Tour field, then the question was repeated Wednesday at a Callaway Golf outing. She replied in the affirmative on both occasions.
B.C. Open tournament director Mike Norman heard about Sorenstam's remarks when he was attending the PGA Merchandise Show which ended Sunday. Norman dropped by the Callaway Golf booth and offered the exemption to Sorenstam's agaent, Mark Steinberg.
Steinberg noted that it is not his decision but indicated he would forward the offer to Sorenstam, who was in Hawaii over the weekend for an LPGA Skins Game.
The En Joie course where the B.C. Open is held would seem to be ideal for Sorenstam. It is 6,974 yards. If she accepted, Sorenstam would have to forego the Sybase Big Apple Classic, which is played the same weekend as the B.C. Open.
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