On May 22, 2003, Annika became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since 1945, when she teed it up in the Bank of America Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Starting on the 10th tee with the world watching, she striped the longest four-wood of her career right down the middle. “On the first hole, I remember just trying to keep my hands from shaking so the ball would stay on the tee,” she said.
This historic occasion was followed closely by people from all walks of life around the world. Annika hit the ball beautifully Thursday and Friday and demonstrated her characteristic grace despite just missing the cut. On this, the 11-year anniversary, she looks back and regards that week at Colonial as one of the highlights of her career.
“I can’t believe it’s been 12 years. It was quite the journey to get to Colonial, and I cherish the memories made that week, but also the countless hours of work on the course and in the gym that led up to it. I had incredible support and learned a lot about myself.” Read more →