Annika Sorenstam to become first female pro in PNC Father-Son

Annika Sorenstam to become first female pro in PNC Father-Son

Annika Sorenstam will make a bit of history in December when she becomes the first female professional to compete in the PNC Father Son Challenge alongside her father, Tom.

Played Dec. 7-8 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Sorenstam will join the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson in the 36-hole event.

“I can’t wait to play with my dad at the PNC Father Son Challenge," Sorenstam said in a release. "He introduced my sister and me to the game and has been there providing support to us ever since. To tee it up with him in such a special televised event with so many of golf’s global icons really means a lot. We will have fun.”

Sorenstam is a ten-time major champion, which is a prerequisite for getting into the event, as well a 90-time winner worldwide and eight-time Solheim Cup player. In 2003, she became the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to tee it up on the PGA Tour. Starting in 2020, she will co-host a mixed-gender tournament with Henrik Stenson in Sweden co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour.

The Swede and her dad will take on the field in the 36-hole scramble for a $1.085 million purse and the Willie Park Trophy.

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