Annika Sorenstam was facing the fiercest scrutiny of her career.Her decision to become the first woman since 1945’s Babe Zaharias to take a swing with the men pros was met with cheers and vitriol.Critics decried her for slicing the Professional Golf Association’s tradition-soaked gender barrier.
Sorenstam swung to 89 tournament titles during her 1992-2008 career and now runs a golf academy. The Annika Academy View Enlarged Image
Skeptics in the press and among fans called her entry into the May 2003 Bank of America Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, bogus, a publicity stunt.
Vijay Singh, the 2000 Masters champ, was so peeved, he pulled out of the Colonial while saying Sorenstam had “no business” competing in it. Nick Price, who had won there the year before, called her entry “a publicity stunt.”