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The of­fi­cial draw­sheet makes no men­tion of any­thing ex­cep­tional tak­ing place. But at 8.58am on Thurs­day May 22 2003, Annika Soren­stam teed off from the 10th tee at the Colo­nial Coun­try Club in the open­ing round of the Bank of Amer­ica Colo­nial. Soren­stam was the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since Babe Za­harias made the halfway cut in the 1945 Los An­ge­les Open. But her play­ing cre­den­tials were not in doubt. In­deed, hopes were high the 32year old Swede might du­pli­cate Za­harias’ feat on one of the Tour’s short­est lay-outs. Still, Soren­stam’s pres­ence wasn’t re­ceived with uni­ver­sal warmth. “What is she go­ing to prove by play­ing?” moaned Vi­jay Singh. “She doesn’t be­long out here. It’s ridicu­lous.” But Soren­stam’s en­try was far from a mere pub­lic­ity stunt. No, she did not qual­ify for the week­end after rounds of 71 and 74. But she did fin­ish ahead of a few no­table names, in­clud­ing fu­ture US Open cham­pion Geoff Ogilvy.

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