Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Crashing Men's Tour Good for Ladies Golf.(Final)(Editorial)


Going into it, pundits said Annika Sorenstam had a 500-to-1 shot at winning the PGA Tour competition. Pretty realistic odds. But the odds are even the 32-year-old Swede will have an impact on golf -- both men's and women's -- that will go far beyond this historic tournament.

Right away, the fact that Sorenstam was the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event in 58 years brought out some surprisingly nasty reactions. Former Masters champ Vijay Singh went so far as to say women shouldn't play in the PGA, even though there is no gender barrier in its rules.

Thirty years after Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in tennis' groundbreaking "Battle of the Sexes," the male-female match is still threatening to some. …

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