From the Annals of Golf – In 2003, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She did so at the storied Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. The Colonial Invitational invited her to play based on her stellar record on the LPGA in the preceding years. When she retired Sorenstam had won 72 LPGA events and 10 major championships. But for Sorenstam her two rounds at the Colonial provide a large part of her legacy. Sorenstam refers to the experience as “one of the highlights of my career.” She ended the day at 1-over par and missed the cut by a stroke.
On a personal note, Red was there for her second round on Friday and strategically placed himself where he could watch Sorenstam play on holes 5, 6 and 7, and managed to catch her only birdie of the day. The crowds were incredible and largely supportive. It was a fun day to watch golf.
And who was the last women to play in an PGA event before the striking Swede? It was Texan Babe Didrikson Zaharias at the Tucson Open in 1945.