The world’s top female golfer teed off today in Fort Worth, TexasÑ the first woman in nearly six decades to play in a Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour event. After enduring weeks of media scrutiny and drama, including hostile remarks from PGA golfer Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam today made a strong start amidst cheering crowds at the Colonial Golf Tournament, coming one over par in the first round. The Colonial golf course is approximately 700 yards longer than the average course used in a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) event. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” she told the Associated Press.
Sorenstam, the top-ranking player on the LPGA Tour, won 13 competitions worldwide last year, and two years ago became the first woman to earn over $2 million in a single season, reported the Free Press News Service.