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Australasian PGA Tour head Wayne Grady has warned Karrie Webb against playing alongside men this summer.

Swedish world No.1 Annika Sorenstam’s participation in the Bank of Colonial tournament on the US PGA Tour last weekend had many believing Webb should follow suit and tee up with the men in an Australasian event later this year.

But Sorenstam’s result, where she missed the cut and then said she will never play with the men again, prompted Grady to tell The Daily Telegraph that while he would not be against the move, he believes Webb should stick to the women’s circuit.

"She went OK? Sorry, she's the best player in the world, she's dominating the women's game, killing them, she's by far the best player in the world ... and she only beat 11 of them home. That's not OK," Grady said of Sorenstam’s effort.

"If the promoters in Australia feel they need to invite Karrie, well, that's up to them and we won't be trying to stop them at all. But why? We've just had the best woman go in a men's tournament and we saw what happened."

Grady’s thoughts aside, organisers of the Heineken Classic, Australian PGA and Australian Open have indicated they might offer Webb sponsor’s exemptions to play alongside the likes of Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and Greg Norman this summer.

"I would love for Karrie to be one of the 10 invitees at the Heineken," Australian PGA and Heinken Classic Director Tony Roosenburg told BBC Sport.

"It's not very popular with the Australasian PGA ... but we have to survive as promoters and this is a funny gimmick that would be really popular."

 

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