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Sorenstam Vague About BC Open Invitation

WAILEA, Hawaii -- Annika Sorenstam, offered an exemption to compete against the men on the PGA Tour, was vague Sunday when asked if she would play in the B.C. Open.
``I don't know anything about it,'' she said after finishing second in the LPGA Skins Game. ``I told my agent I'm in Hawaii to play the Skins. We can talk about it when I get home.''
The 32-year-old Swede has dominated the LPGA Tour the last two years, setting or tying nearly two dozen records. Her 13 victories worldwide last season were the most in women's golf in nearly 40 years.
Sorenstam said last week in Orlando, Fla., that she would relish the chance to play a PGA Tour event, provided she received a sponsor's exemption and the tournament was held on a course that suited her game.
The B.C. Open, played in Endicott, N.Y., offered her a spot on Friday. The tournament in upstate New York is held in July opposite the British Open and the LPGA's Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Sorenstam said she knew nothing about the B.C. Open.
``I don't even know where that is,'' she said.
Earlier Sunday, agent Mark Steinberg at IMG said it was unlikely a decision on the B.C. Open invitation would be made anytime soon.
Women playing against the men on the back tees has captured the public's and media's attention ever since Suzy Whaley, a Connecticut club pro, won a PGA sectional.
Whaley won the event from a shorter set of tees than the men and qualified for the Greater Hartford Open in July. She will be the first woman to play on the PGA Tour in the modern era and will play from the championship tees.
Laura Davies believes Sorenstam can succeed, saying she has no doubt the Swede could make the cut ``comfortably.''
``But knowing her, she wouldn't be satisfied with making the cut, she would want to win it too,'' she said.
Davies already has some experience playing against the men.
She played in a Skins Game against John Daly, Peter Senior and Tom Watson, and in the Johnnie Walker Cup with Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Jesper Parnevik.
``I've done it before and I will tell you that besides playing on a tougher course from the back tees, I found that there is an extra pressure of playing well to justify being there,'' Davies said. ``I could hit it out there with them, but I just didn't play that well.''