Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Five questions with Annika Sorenstam

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Five questions with LPGA star Annika Sorenstam - who is entered in this week's PGA Tour Colonial tournament - from her pre-tournament press conference last month at the LPGA Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas.

1. At what level did you play with guys?

Answer: I started playing golf when I was 12, and we played against boys, some younger and some older. That's how we grew up, playing with the guys, some the same tees. We played against them.

2. You are obviously an athlete, why did you choose to play golf?

A: When I grew up, I competed in tennis. I wanted to be a tennis pro, and my role model was Bjorn Borg. I was dreaming about playing at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. I used to practice five times a week when I was 10 years old, and then I got burned out totally. I didn't really succeed on the tennis court, so I thought I would try something else. My parents played golf, so I started playing. When I was 16, I started taking it more seriously.

3. Do you really see Culinary School in your future?

A: Yeah, I'd really love it. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy the game. But it's tough to travel week after week and set new goals. I mean, like this year, it's tough to start out and think that you have to win 14 tournaments to have a better year (than last year). That's a lot of pressure.

4. What's going to happen when a guy wants to join the LPGA Tour.

A: If the rules allow it, well, then he's welcome to it. But it's the Ladies Professional Golf Association, so I don't know if he would be allowed to play on our tour.

5. Michael Jordan left relatively early. Have you thought about maybe leaving too early?

A: Yes, I might try to start a family and by then they will have a senior tour for ladies, and I will want to come back to play.

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