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Sorenstam one over par for Pro-Am event

Annika Sorenstam was an unofficial one-over-par for 10 holes when rain washed out play in the Colonial pro-am event on Wednesday.

Team Sorenstam finished a collective six-under-par and tied for 33rd place, the Swedish player recording one birdie and two bogeys.

"I wasn't really keeping score but level, plus one, something like that," Sorenstam told reporters. "I had a good team so I didn't have to finish on every hole."

In Thursday's first round, the world's leading female golfer will play a different course than most had predicted, a hard and fast layout has been transformed into a wet and soft Colonial Golf Club that will play longer than the 7,080 yards on the card.

"The course is obviously playing much longer, almost 300 yards total," she said. "The only good news is that the greens are softer, so I can fire more at the flag.

"I'll do my best. I'm going to hit a few longer clubs than I expected."

As the course gets longer, Sorenstam will need to rely more on her short game. On the LPGA Tour she ranks second only to Rosie Jones in putting when she hits the green in regulation, with a 1.74 putts per hole average.

But Sorenstam is tied for 64th in total putting with 29.89 per round and equal 48th in sand saves with an average of 0.389.

"The chipping and putting is obviously important because the course is getting longer and longer," Sorenstam said.

"There might be holes where, if I can't reach it, then obviously I've got to chip well. When the conditions are tough you've got to rely on your short game.

"Tomorrow's the day I've been waiting for a long time," Sorenstam said.

"I'm excited. I just hope it clears up a little bit and I can enjoy it."


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