If Annika is 'the one,' she hasn't convinced everybody
Monday, May 19, 2003
I went to see "The Matrix: Reloaded" this weekend, apparently like every other person in the Cape Girardeau area. It made me think about golf.
Few people actually believe Annika Sorenstam is "the one." Sorenstam is not the Christ-like savior sent to deliver women's golf, a la Neo in "The Matrix." Annika is not playing for the advancement of women's golf this week, although she is representing it, and she's playing for the advancement of her career.
This isn't about shattering the old acronym adage of GOLF (Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden). This isn't a social issue at all. If it was, you can bet Martha Burk would be in the background of every picture that appeared in the papers during the past three weeks.
Vijay Singh and Nick Price's comments showed that the PGA is still a long way off from allowing women golfers to compete on a regular basis. And regardless of what one might think of their opinion, they do have a right to it because, after all, it is their tour.
Sorenstam, a five-time LPGA Player of the Year, has 43 career victories, including 11 in 2002. Tiger Woods had five victories in 2002. Yet Sorenstam has received significantly less attention and publicity for obvious reasons. One, because no one throws a U.S. Women's Open party complete with an office pool. Two, see reason No. 1.
"I know I can play," Sorenstam said recently.
Here's your chance. Now go prove it to everyone else.
David Wilson is a sportswriter for the Southeast Missourian and a student at Central High School.