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Setup No Advantage to Annika

FT. WORTH, Texas -- Mark Russell, the PGA Tours tournament director in charge of overseeing course strategy, said the addition of Annika Sorenstam to the field had no effect on the course setup. Annika, he said, will be treated as a member of the field ' nothing more, nothing less.
Players want a challenge, Russell said. They want a situation where a player has to hit his best golf shot to get it close to the hole. Annika this week is just another competitor on the PGA Tour.
The PGA Tour prides itself on being a tour of the best PLAYERS in the world ' not the best men. And that apparently isnt about to change, despite the presence this year of Annika Sorenstam here at Colonial, Suzy Whaley at Hartford, or 13-year-old Michelle Wie barely missing qualifying at the Sony Open.
If the rules were to be changed, tour players would probably initiate it. David Toms said that is unlikely, at least at the moment. Sorenstams presence isnt likely to matter.
To me, it (Sorenstams appearance) looks like a one-week thing, and depending on how everything goes, well see, he said. As of right now, I just dont see any need to take any action whatsoever.
Eighty-year-old Jeanette Widmer volunteered to let Sorenstam use her locker this week at Colonial Country Club. And suddenly she was the focus of several media interviews.
Im amazed there has been so much to-do over my locker, she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Its become famous.
Widmer has been a Colonial member since World War II. Her husband, Richard, fell off a ladder and injured his legs, forcing him to abandon his golfing career.
Widmer hasnt yet met her famous locker mate, but she left a card. It read: Dear Annika, May each new day bring you sunshine and flowers, a happy face and many, many birdies. Welcome to Colonial.
Widmer also taped several happy faces to masking tape, affixed one to the card and one to a shelf in the locker. So when she opened it (the locker), shed see all those happy faces, she said.
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