Annika Sorenstam Will Return Again to Pebble Beach for 2014 Callaway Invitational
November 3, 2014
Since retiring in 2008, legend Annika Sorenstam has played in only three events, all of them being the annual Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.
She’ll make her fourth tournament appearance in a few weeks when she tees off in—you guessed it—this year’s Callaway PBI, which is slated for Nov. 20-23 at Del Monte Golf Course, Spyglass Hill and host Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Sorenstam’s entry into the event was confirmed by tournament director Patrick Freeman.
This year’s PBI could possibly be one of the last chances to see Sorenstam on the links. Her contract with tournament sponsor Callaway runs until 2016.
One of the most unique tournaments in golf, the PBI is the only event that features members of each of golf’s biggest tours (PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com) competing side-by-side for the same purse ($300,000 with $60,000 going to the winner).
It’s the unique format that has made the tournament, now in its 43rd year, a favorite of the players.
“Along with getting the chance to Pebble Beach, the format is what makes the event so much fun,” Invitational regular and two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach champ Kirk Triplett said. “Getting the chance to walk down the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach with a star from another tour, while playing in a competition, doesn’t usually happen. It’s something special.”
It’s also a great event for fans. Along with free admission each day, spectators are granted ‘inside the ropes’ access during the PBI, meaning they can follow their favorite players directly down the fairways.
As for this year’s field, joining Sorenstam as part of the LPGA Tour contingent will be among others Monterey native Mina Harigae and Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods.
As of this week, Harigae is 48th on the LPGA Tour money list. Earlier this year, Woods In 2014, Woods had her second professional win (and first on a major tour) at the Ladies European Tour Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.
Among those representing the PGA Tour will be former NCGA star Matt Bettencourt, ex-Cal great James Hahn, 2012 PBI champion Tommy Gainey and Pat Perez, who came in tied for seventh at this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Bettencourt, a native of Alameda, won the 2010 Reno Tahoe Open, while Hahn made a charge at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am before finishing T-3.
Representing the Champions Tour will be among others Triplett, Olin Browne, former NCGA standout Kevin Sutherland and Mark Brooks.
Browne won the 2011 U.S. Senior Open and is a former winner of the PBI, having won in 2001. Brooks is a record-three time winner of the event, having won in 1992, 2002 and 2009.
The Web.com Tour contingent will feature the likes of the long-hitting Tony Finau, who won this year’s Stonebrae Classic to secure his PGA Tour playing card, former Cal star Max Homa and Andres Gonzales.
Other pros slated to tee off include Arron Oberholser and Todd Fischer. Since his win at the 2006 AT&T Pro-Am, Oberholser has had four surgeries on his left hand, including the removal of an arthritic bone in 2010 and he’s had surgery on his right hip.
The tournament will be held simultaneously at each course Thursday through Saturday. Following the first three rounds of tournament play, there will be a 54 hole cut with the low 40 professionals and ties advancing to Sunday’s final round at Pebble Beach.
Last year’s event was won by PGA Tour member Kevin Kisner.