Sorenstam at Skins again

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LA QUINTA, Calif. (Ticker) -- A year after pocketing $225,000, Annika Sorenstam is ready to impress the men again this weekend.

The Swedish superstar joins Tiger Woods, defending champion Fred Couples and Adam Scott in the Skins Game -- a two-day, 18-hole event which begins Saturday in the California desert.

"I have never really felt like I had anything to prove when I play against the men," Sorenstam said. "To me, it's a challenge that I look forward to."

Last November, Sorenstam was invited to the Skins Game because of her dominance on the LPGA Tour. She made quite an impression, finishing second to Couples and beating Phil Mickelson and Mark O'Meara.

By winning five skins at Trilogy Golf Club, Sorenstam earned as much money in last year's event as Woods won in four overall appearances. Sorenstam won four skins and $175,000 over the first nine holes and earned another $50,000 with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 10th hole. Her most memorable moment was a 40-yard sand shot for an eagle on the ninth hole.

"It was probably one of the best shots I've ever seen," said Couples, who won the event for a record fourth time last year. "We were all impressed by her. Basically, she probably played the best out of everybody, but you do not win six to eight tournaments a year unless you're a great player."

This year, Sorenstam has won 10 events worldwide and eight on the LPGA Tour. She won the ADT Championship last Sunday in a playoff against Cristie Kerr.

Sorenstam became the first female in 58 years to play in a PGA Tour event last year at the Colonial and credits playing among the men for improving her game.

"I cannot tell you how many shots I saved the last year and a half, thanks to playing with the guys at the Colonial," Sorenstam said.

However, Sorenstam said she has no plans to play another PGA Tour event.

Couples took eight skins and earned $605,000 last year, including $200,000 for a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. A former Masters champion, Couples also claimed the event in 1995, 1996 and 1999 and will make his 11th Skins appearance.

Woods, who lost his No. 1 ranking this year, last played in the Skins Game in 2002 and finished last in the four-player field with $125,000 in earnings.

Each of the first six holes are worth $25,000, Nos. 7-12 pay out $50,000, Nos 13-17 offer $70,000 apiece and the 18th rewards $200,000. The foursome plays for $300,000 on Saturday and $700,000 on Sunday.


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