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Sorenstam turns down $1 million challenge

June 7, 2003 at 12:01 PM

WILMINGTON, Del., June 7 (UPI) -- Annika Sorenstam has declined to accept a unique challenge and will not play PGA member John Riegger for $1 million.

Her agent told her of the challenge Thursday afternoon. She said she thought it was amusing and brushed it off, even though she says she has backers who will put up the money.

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"I thought it was quite funny," Sorenstam said, "but I am not interested in doing that."

The challenge came two weeks after Sorenstam played The Colonial, where she did not make the cut, but was the first woman to play in a PGA event since Babe Zaharias at the Los Angeles Open in 1945.

"I had a great time doing it," Sorenstam said. "It was the biggest challenge of my life, and that's where I want to leave it. I have no intention of doing it again."

She made the comments while playing the LPGA McDonald's Championship in Wilmington, Del.

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