Vijay Apologizes

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IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Vijay Singh said Tuesday he was sorry if his comments about Annika Srenstam playing on the PGA Tour came across as a personal attack.
 
'If it was an attack on Annika at all, I would like to apologize to her,' Singh said after a practice round for this week's EDS Byron Nelson Championship. 'It was not put that way. It came out the wrong way.'
 
Singh told The Associated Press on Sunday that Srenstam had no business playing in next week's Bank of America Colonial and said that on the odd chance he gets paired to play with her, he'd withdraw.
 
'I hope she misses the cut. Why? Because she doesn't belong out here,' Singh said during an interview as he left the locker room after the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, N.C. 'If I'm drawn with her, which I won't be, I won't play.'
 
On Tuesday, Singh attempted to cast his remarks in a different light.
 
'I actually said if I miss the cut, I'd rather she miss the cut as well,' he told reporters who were waiting for him as he came off the course. 'I hope she missed the cut because I don't want to have a woman beat me.'
 
On Tuesday, Singh said he would play with Srenstam if they both made the cut and were paired in the weekend rounds. But he said something would be wrong if the two were paired for the first two rounds because, as a past champion, he is drawn from a different pool.
 
'I was saying my category was different,' Singh said. 'If I was put with her, it means I wasn't given the right attention for my category.'
 
Singh's reaction has been the strongest yet about Srenstam becoming the first woman in 58 years to compete on the TOUR. The last woman to do so was Babe Zaharias, who qualified for the 1945 Los Angeles Open.
 
Efforts to reach Srenstam through her agent were unsuccessful.
 
The Bank of America Colonial is an invitational with a limited field. Srenstam received one of eight sponsor's exemptions, and Singh reiterated Tuesday his feeling that she didn't deserve one.
 
'This is a man's tour,' he said. 'There are guys out there trying to make a living. It's not a ladies' tour. If she wants to play, she should -- or any other woman for that matter -- if they want to play the man's tour, they should qualify and play like everybody else.'
 
On Sunday, he had said: 'What is she going to prove by playing? It's ridiculous. She's the best woman golfer in the world, and I want to emphasize 'woman.' We have our tour for men, and they have their tour. She's taking a spot from someone in the field.'
 
Asked Tuesday if he spoke for a majority of tour players, Singh said: 'I speak for myself and that's my opinion.'
 
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