Singh says remark 'came out the wrong way'


IRVING, Texas -- Vijay Singh said Tuesday he was sorry if
his comments about Annika Sorenstam playing on the PGA Tour -- "I
hope she misses the cut" -- came across as a personal attack.

"If it was an attack on Annika at all, I would like to
apologize to her," Singh said after a practice round for this
week's Byron Nelson Classic. "It was not put that way. It came out
the wrong way."

Singh told The Associated Press on Sunday that Sorenstam had no
business playing in next week's Colonial and said that on the odd
chance he gets paired with her, he'd withdraw.

"I hope she misses the cut. Why? Because she doesn't belong out
here," Singh told AP golf writer Doug Ferguson during an interview
as he left the locker room after the Wachovia Championship in
Charlotte, N.C. "If I'm drawn with her, which I won't be, I won't

On Tuesday, Singh attempted to cast his remarks in a different

"I actually said if I miss the cut, I'd rather she miss the cut
as well," he told reporters who were waiting for him as he came
off the course. "I hope she missed the cut because I don't want to
have a woman beat me."

A review of Ferguson's notes confirmed the original version of
Singh's remarks.

On Tuesday, Singh said he would play with Sorenstam if they both
made the cut and were paired in the weekend rounds. But he said
something would be wrong if the two were paired for the first two
rounds because, as a past champion, he is drawn from a different

"I was saying my category was different," Singh said. "If I
was put with her, it means I wasn't give the right attention for my

Singh's reaction has been the strongest yet about Sorenstam
becoming the first woman in 58 years to compete on the tour. The
last woman to do so was Babe Zaharias, who qualified for the 1945
Los Angeles Open.

Efforts to reach Sorenstam through her agent were unsuccessful.

The Colonial is an invitational with a limited field. Sorenstam
received one of eight sponsor's exemptions, and Singh reiterated
his feeling that she didn't deserve one.

"This is a man's tour," he said. "There are guys out there
trying to make a living. It's not a ladies' tour. If she wants to
play, she should -- or any other woman for that matter -- if they
want to play the man's tour, they should qualify and play like
everybody else."

On Sunday, he told Ferguson: "What is she going to prove by
playing? It's ridiculous. She's the best woman golfer in the world,
and I want to emphasize 'woman.' We have our tour for men, and they
have their tour. She's taking a spot from someone in the field."

Asked Tuesday if he spoke for a majority of tour players, Singh
said, "I speak for myself and that's my opinion."