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Transsexual in pro event: Bagger cards 84

Updated: March 5, 2004, 4:33 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia -- Mianne Bagger brought a new twist to gender blending in golf.

After a year in which seven women competed in men's tournaments, Bagger made history Thursday in the Women's Australian Open as the first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament.

She struggled mightily on day one, though, shooting a 12-over 84 to drop 16 strokes behind the early leaders.

Bagger improved her second-round score Thursday by shooting an 8-under 80, missing the cut.

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