Mark Steinberg, head of the golf division at IMG and Sorenstam's agent, said the Swede became concerned last week upon hearing that some players were told the top 18 on the LPGA Tour money list would get in to the event at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif.This is also rather incredible regarding Michelle Wie's exemption:
The rest of the field is comprised of the defending champion, four major champions, leader on the Ladies European Tour money list, one special exemption (Michelle Wie), and the rest coming from the money list.
"She didn't want the perception that she was taking a spot," Steinberg said. "She decided to do what's best for the LPGA."
Wie, who has made only two cuts on the LPGA this year and just began her freshman year at Stanford, accepted the special exemption in March. This will be her fourth straight year playing the tournament.
If not for Wie getting a special exemption, the last spot in the field would have gone to Evian Masters champion Natalie Gulbis.