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Annika Sorenstam set for season ending ADT Championship

Annika Sorenstam headlines the field for the season-ending LPGA ADT Championship which boasts the largest purse in tour history.

Starting Thursday, a field of 32 will compete at Trump International Golf Club for one million dollars.

"I feel pretty good about my progress," Sorenstam said. "I'm making some good strides.

"I've had some top six finishes the last few LPGA events I've played in, so I'm just excited to be back playing and kind of getting into the swing of things, and of course I'm thrilled to be here."

The event is the conclusion of the season-long LPGA playoffs which splits the season into two halves, providing players with two qualifying periods to earn a spot in the field.

Former World No 1 Sorenstam tied for third last week at the Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions.

She still qualified despite missing most of the season with ruptured and bulging discs in her neck, the first major injury in her 13-year career.

Sorenstam's rivals include Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Norway's Suzann Pettersen and Nicole Castrale.

South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis will all challenge Sorenstam for the title.

The second half of the playoffs ended at last week's event.

The 32-player field was finalized by adding two wild cards which went to Catriona Matthew and Meaghan Francella.

The format was changed last year to a playoff event with a final round shootout. The full field plays 36-holes with the leading 16 going through to a third round. The top eight then play the final 18 holes for the one million dollars prize.


November 15, 2007

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