By Jerry Stewart
Northern California Golf Association
Since retiring in 2008, legend Annika Sorenstam has played in only three events, all of them being the annual Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.
She’ll make her fourth tournament appearance in a few weeks when she tees off in—you guessed it—this year’s Callaway PBI, which is slated for Nov. 20-23 at Del Monte Golf Course, Spyglass Hill and host Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Sorenstam’s entry into the event was confirmed by tournament director Patrick Freeman.
This year’s PBI could possibly be one of the last chances to see Sorenstam on the links. Her contract with tournament sponsor Callaway runs until 2016.
One of the most unique tournaments in golf, the PBI is the only event that features members of each of golf’s biggest tours (PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com) competing side-by-side for the same purse ($300,000 with $60,000 going to the winner).
It’s the unique format that has made the tournament, now in its 43rd year, a favorite of the players.
“Along with getting the chance to Pebble Beach, the format is what makes the event so much fun,” Invitational regular and two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach champ Kirk Triplett said. “Getting the chance to walk down the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach with a star from another tour, while playing in a competition, doesn’t usually happen. It’s something special.”
It’s also a great event for fans. Along with free admission each day, spectators are granted ‘inside the ropes’ access during the PBI, meaning they can follow their favorite players directly down the fairways.