Rain Postpones Sorenstams Celebration


THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam will have to wait another day to enter the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame as heavy rain forced the suspension of Thursday's opening round of the Samsung World Championship.
Sorenstam, who needs to complete one round to count this event as her 15th tournament of 2003 and her 10th year on the LPGA Tour for the Hall of Fame honors, will have to wait until Friday to meet the final requirement.
A ceremony was planned on the 18th green for the completion of Sorenstam's round, but heavy rains drenched The Players Course at The Woodlands.
The 47-time winner on the LPGA Tour was able to celebrate her 33rd birthday on Thursday, however, even though she didn't hit a single shot.
'It was going to be a very special day, and it was such a coincidence that it was my birthday as well,' said Sorenstam. 'But it will happen eventually! I know I'm very excited and very honored to be part of such an elite group of women. I'm certainly excited about the opportunity.'
This has been a fitting year for the Swede to earn her way into the Hall of Fame. Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour when she teed it up with the men at the Colonial and has captured two major titles on the LPGA Tour.
On top of that, Sorenstam was part of the victorious European squad that won back the Solheim Cup in her home country this year.
The first round will resume on Friday with hopes of completing 36 holes before the weekend.
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