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Annika Sorenstam rules out Open bid

Women's world number one Annika Sorenstam has ruled out playing in the men's British Open championship in 2006.

"I don't think I'm going to try and qualify for the Open," Sweden's Sorenstam told reporters on Thursday.

Sorenstam, who is in South Africa to compete at the Women's World Cup of Golf, will not take advantage of a rule change by the Royal and Ancient (R&A) which relaxed the criteria on females competing in the world's oldest golf tournament.

Women will be allowed to pre-qualify for the first time in 2006. However, the number one female player will not be among those trying to earn a place in the field at Royal Liverpool.

"I had my chance to play the men, not at the British Open but at the Colonial a couple of years back, so I've tried it.

"I know what it's like and I enjoyed it, but I don't want to go back." Sorenstam missed the cut at the 2003 Colonial, carding 71 and 75.

Sorenstam is making her first trip to South Africa and her first appearance at the World Cup of Golf, which is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

January 19, 2006


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