Defending champions comment on Sorenstam at American Century

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Updated: 7/18 5:48 am

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — The golfers that compete at the American Century Championship have someone new to worry about this weekend in Annika Sorenstam.

Defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver, a four-time winner of the event, along with seven-time winner Rick Rhoden will have to contend with one of the most successful women's golfers of all time at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Sorenstam, who is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and won 89 events, including 10 majors, is coming out of retirement this week to compete in the event for the first time.

"Even though she hasn't played, you know she's going to show up here ready to play," Rhoden said. "She's not going to embarrass herself. So I expect her to play really good. But I think we've got some guys here that can, if we play good, some of our guys, it would be just like always. I don't think anybody's going to run away with it."

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