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By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 12, 2003, 5:00 pm
Annika Sorenstam announced Wednesday that she will be the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour when she plays in the Bank of America Colonial in May.
I think she just wants to find out how good she really is, said Tiger Woods.
Sorenstam told The Golf Channel in an exclusive interview that was exactly the reason shes crossing the gender barrier.
Plain and simple, I want to see how good I am, she said. I love different challenges and I think this is a great motivation for me.
It all boils down to that Im curious. I love to play with the guys. We used to have a lot of mixed tournaments at the end of the year, and now we dont. Here, I get a chance to play with all of them.
Woods and Phil Mickelson were among the PGA Tour players who were asked to express the opinions on a female playing on the mens primary tour.
I'm curious as anybody to see how the best LPGA player of today, and possibly of all time, will play against the men, Mickelson said.
As is Sorenstam.
She said she and husband, David Esch, first started talking about playing in a mens event late last year. Then, in the wake of Suzy Whaley qualifying for the Greater Hartford Open in July, Sorenstam was asked in January if she would accept an invitation to a PGA Tour event.
She said yes, and the offers began to flow.
After that everything was going so crazy and I got invites from everywhere ' totally unexpectedly, she said.
Sorenstam, who won 13 times around the world in 2002, picked the Colonial because of its premium on accuracy. The course is 7,080 yards (par 70) with only two par-5s.
I think that Colonial is a wonderful course for her to do it on because the holes have a lot of dog-legs. A lot of the men have to hit irons (off the tee), and we might be able to hit from the same spot as Annika, or she might be able to hit from the same spot as us into the greens, said Mickelson, who won the event in 2000.
Mickelson also said he expects Sorenstam to make the cut and probably finish around 20th.'
How will he fare?
I hope 19th or better, he said with a laugh before adding, She's the greatest player on the LPGA Tour. It's not like she's a slouch. She's one of the best ball-strikers in the game today, and putters. I don't see it as being derogatory to finish behind her at all.
While Mickelson may compete in Ft. Worth, Texas, May 22-25, Woods will likely skip the event.
The worlds No. 1 hasnt made the trip down Hogans Alley since 1997.
I think it all depends on the golf course and how they set it up. If they set up the pins in the corners like when I played there in '97, they are hard to get to, they really are, Woods said.
Woods, who teamed with Sorenstam in winning the 2001 Battle at Bighorn, wouldnt predict how Sorenstam would fare, but said: I think it's great she's playing, butit will only be great for women's golf if she plays well. I think if she goes out there and puts up two high scores, then I think it's going to be more detrimental than it's going to be any good.
Sorenstam, however, is trying not to focus on the pressure.
I dont really know what to expect -- thats one of the reasons Im curious, she said. Its going to be such a different experience that I hope I can just hit the middle of the clubface on the first tee.
Sorenstam would be the first female since Babe Zaharias in the 1945 Los Angeles Open to compete in a PGA Tour event. Zaharias made the 36-hole cut before shooting 79 in the third round and not qualifying for the final round.
Colonial hosted the 1991 U.S. Womens Open. Sorenstam did not play that year, and said shes not sure if she will play in any other mens tournaments.
I havent really thought about anything other than this particular event, she said. Im going to take one step at a time.
This is really overwhelming. This is becoming like my fifth major.
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    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

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    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

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    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.