Sorenstam to play in Skins Game

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La Quinta, CA (Sports Network) - Annika Sorenstam will become the first woman to compete in The Skins Game this year, as she officially committed to play in the made-for-television event. Sorenstam will join defending champion , and all- time Skins Game money winner at Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta on November 29-30.

The 21st edition of The Skins Game will be broadcast on ABC and the focus will be on Sorenstam.

She became the first woman to play on the PGA Tour in 58 years when she teed it up in this year's Colonial. Sorenstam missed the cut with rounds of 71-74, but stole the hearts of golf fans with her impressive display.

"The entire country was captivated by not only Annika's play at Colonial, but her poise," said Chuck Gerber, executive vice president and general manager of ESPN. "We are thrilled to have her make Skins Game history this year and we couldn't be happier that she has decided to play."

Sorenstam has won four times on the LPGA Tour in 2003, including the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. Those two majors completed the career Grand Slam for Sorenstam and she will become eligible for the World Golf Hall of Fame in October.

O'Meara is in the Skins Game for the fifth time. He won last year and in 1998, the same year he captured the Masters and British Open en route to Player of the Year honors.

In last year's competition, O'Meara collected eight skins worth $405,000. He finished second in both 1997 and 1999 and with $1,320,000 in earnings, O'Meara ranks second in career earnings behind only Couples.

Couples will make appearance No. 10, giving him the Skins Game record for appearances. He won the event in 1995, 1996, and 1999, while taking second from 1992-94. Couples, the 1992 Masters winner, returned to the winner's circle this season on the PGA Tour with an emotional victory in Houston.

Mickelson, who recently tried out as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers Triple-A team, the Toledo Mud Hens, will make his second appearance in The Skins Game. He finished second last year with three skins and $300,000.

The purse for The Skins Game is $1,000,000 and the players have agreed to donate 20 percent of the earnings to their favorite charities.

Each of the first six holes will be worth $25,000, while the second six holes, Nos. 7-12 will be worth $50,000. The 13th through 17th holes will be worth $70,000 and the 18th will be for $200,000.

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