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Sorenstam Paired with Journeyman Rookie

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- PGA Tour rookies Dean Wilson and Aaron Barber are about to enter the spotlight without getting into contention. They're playing with Annika Sorenstam the first two rounds at Colonial.
Sorenstam, the first woman to compete on the PGA Tour in 58 years, was drawn out of the third category of players reserved for those who haven't won or finished in the top 125 on the money list.
Names were selected randomly by a computer.
Her group will start on the 10th tee at 8:58 a.m. Thursday, and from the first tee at 1:43 p.m. Friday. Starting early in the first round is considered the more favorable time.
Sorenstam played a practice round Tuesday morning with Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik, although they didn't get far. Rain and the threat of storms stopped them before they finished the first hole.
Sorenstam hit her drive into the right rough, advanced it up the fairway and still had 190 yards to the middle of the green on the 565-yard par 5. Her approach went short and right of the green, hopping into a bunker.
Wilson has spent most of his career on the Japanese tour, winning three times in 2001 to finish third on its money list. He finally earned his PGA Tour card last year through qualifying school, and two weeks ago tied for seventh in the Wachovia Championship, his best finish ever on tour.
Barber, no relation to former PGA champion Jerry Barber, tied for eighth at Q-school. His only top-10 this year was a tie for fourth in Tucson, which was played opposite a World Golf Championship event.
Related Links:
  • ''Everything Annika'' Feature Page
  • Annika and the Colonial Timeline
  • Full Coverage of the Bank of America Colonial

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