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Annika Sörenstam at the Colonial

In 2003 Annika Sörenstam was invited to play in The Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, making her the first woman to play in a PGA event since Babe Zaharias, who qualified for the 1945 Los Angeles Open. Less than week before The Colonial, Vijay Singh made what appeared to be disparaging comments to the Associated Press about Sörenstam's invitation. Singh later gave further explanation to his original comments. After winning the Byron Nelson Championship the week before the Colonial, Singh announced his withdrawal from participation in the Colonial. He said the withdrawal occurred because of a promise to his wife that he would take a week off if he won a tournament, and that the decision had nothing to do with the Sörenstam controversy.

A day before the Colonial, golfer Ernie Els said "You have a girl that's so much better than the rest of the girls, if she wants to prove it to herself, I'm all for it, but if she wants to prove something to us, I think she's making a mistake."

Ken Schofield, executive director of the PGA European Tour, announced his opposition any women playing in a men's event on his tour.

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