Sorenstam Woods Play Practice Round


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Count Atlanta Braves' closer John Smoltz among those who'll be rooting for Annika Sorenstam in her PGA Tour debut in May.
Smoltz, a scratch golfer, and teammate Chipper Jones joined Sorenstam and Tiger Woods for a round last weekend at Woods' home course in Isleworth, just outside of Orlando. According to Smoltz, Woods had the best score that day at 66, with Smoltz next with 74.
Sorenstam was two shots behind Smoltz, and Jones, who's been battling a thumb injury since early in spring training, declined to give his score from that day. He did offer that he shot 71 Wednesday at a different course.
'I had absolutely nothing to be proud of,' Jones said. 'Well, I had one thing to be proud of. I beat Tiger on one hole.'
Sorenstam, the top player on the LPGA Tour, will become the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour when she tees it up at the Colonial.
'I was surprised how far she hit it off the tee,' said Smoltz, who estimated Sorenstam's drives averaged about 260 yards.
Smoltz plans to give golf a try when his baseball career ends, and he spends most of his off days during the season on the links. He's never beaten Woods in about 10 rounds, but there's still hope.
'One day, I just hope he's off his game,' Smoltz said.
Woods and Smoltz often get together during spring training, and this year, Woods called last Friday with an offer to play with him and Sorenstam.
'It was more pressure than any seventh game I've ever been in,' Smoltz said.
When asked how he expects Sorenstam to do at the Colonial, Smoltz shrugged.
'She's good enough, obviously,' he said. 'I don't think she realizes what's going to be put on her that week. Regardless if she makes the cut or not. The atmosphere is going to be amazing.'
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