On this day: May 22

Annika Sorenstam and AC Milan star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on May 22nd.

2003 – Annika takes on the men

Following Sorenstam’s exceptional season in 2002 – where she notched up 13 wins in 25 starts – she was invited to play in the Bank of America Colonial on May 22.

The Swede was the first women invited to play on the PGA Tour since Babe Zaharias in 1945.

Despite the controversy, where some players did not agree with her playing with the men, the crowd seemed behind Sorenstam all the way, cheering her on at every hole.

Unfortunately there was no fairytale ending, with Sorenstam shooting five over par for the opening two rounds and subsequently missing the cut.

1963 – AC Milan lift European Cup

The Italian superclub lifted the European Cup for the first time in a thrilling final played at Wembley Stadium in London on this day in 1963.

Portuguese club Benfica opened the scoring in the 19th minute via Eusebio, but centre forward Jose Altafini would score two goals in 11 minutes in the second half for a comeback win in front of over 45 000 fans.

Sporting Birthdays:

1974: Greg Jones, American NFL player
1975: Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer
1981: Jurgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
1983: John Hopkins, American motorcycle rider
1987: Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player