USA will go live with Sorenstam's first two rounds

Updated: May 15, 2003, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Annika Sorenstam will get more TV coverage at the Colonial than Tiger Woods ever got on the PGA Tour.

USA Network announced Wednesday it will provide live coverage of Sorenstam's first two rounds next week when she becomes the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour.

USA Network has the rights to Thursday and Friday rounds. On the day Sorenstam has an early tee time, it will present 4½ hours of coverage and then return to the Colonial at its regularly scheduled time from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

CBS Sports will broadcast the weekend rounds. It already has said it would expand coverage by one hour Saturday -- starting at 3 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. -- to either show Sorenstam live, on tape or give highlights of the first two rounds if she misses the cut.

Tee times for the Colonial will be released Tuesday.

Patty Sheehan, a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame and U.S. captain of the Solheim Cup, will join USA Network as an analyst at Colonial.

The network also plans features of other great moments in women's sports, such as Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs, and Julie Krone becoming the first woman to win a Triple Crown horse race at the 1993 Belmont Stakes.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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