Swing Out, Sister

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photoAnnika Sorenstam is the Tiger Woods of the LPGA. With 43 tournament wins in just a decade, she dominates the field. Now, she's getting ready to tee off against the men at the Colonial Open in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the home course of Ben Hogan, one of only five players to win all four Grand Slam titles.

Not everyone is cheering her on, and it's not just the men who question why she's playing. Some women say Sorenstam is diminishing the women's tour by opting to play with the men; some male golfers say she's taking a spot away from a man. One thing everyone can agree on is that the spotlight will be on Sorenstam this weekend, and if she makes the cut, professional golf may find itself charting a new course.

Click the "Listen" link above to hear more about the controversy sorrounding Annika Sorenstam and whether women should play on male sports teams.


John Feinstein, sportswriter , commentator, and author of the new book "Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black"

Robin Bachin, professor of history at the University of Miami, where she's on the board at the Center for Research on Sport in Society

Tom Rinaldi, covering the tournament for ESPN News;Tara Gravel, senior editor Golf magazine

This program aired on May 21, 2003.


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