Merrill Lynch Skins Game


Destination / Golf

Pga Tour / Lpga Tour / Local Courses

November 22, 2005|By BILL FREE

Site -- La Quinta, Calif.

Schedule -- Saturday-Sunday

Course -- Trilogy Golf Club (7,068yards, par 72)

Field -- Annika Sorenstam will play against Tigers Woods for the first time when they tee off Saturday at the Trilogy Golf Club in the middle of the desert. Fred Couples and Fred Funk complete the field.

Purse -- $1 million.

TV -- ABC (Saturday, 1-3:30 p.m., Sunday, 3:30-6 p.m.)

Last year -- Couples continued his dominance at the Merrill Lynch Skins Game, picking up $605,000 on Sunday for his fifth career victory. Sorenstam made a sensational debut by winning five skins and $225,000 as she finished second.

Chip shots -- Sorenstam won as much money last year as Woods has in his four previous appearances in the Merrill Lynch Skins Game. He's won only a total of nine skins. "I'll never forget my first one [Skins Game]," said Woods. "I shot a 31 on the front nine and didn't get any skins."

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