Sorenstam misses cut

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Annika Sorenstam failed to the make the cut in a golf tournament for the first time since 2002 on Friday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
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Annika Sorenstam failed to the make the cut in a golf tournament for the first time since 2002 on Friday. She shot a two-over-par 73 in the second round of the Michelob Ultra Open on a course that has always frustrated her. The women's top-ranked player had made 68 consecutive cuts before struggling for a second straight day, while playing partners Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr did well. Early lead Webb, the first-round leader, is at 8-under 134 after a 68 and leads Kerr by one shot and Pat Hurst by two. Kerr shot a 66, and Hurst had her second consecutive 68. Sorenstam had finished no better than sixth in three prior appearances at the $2.2 million event. This marked only the second time in 143 events that she failed to make the cut, dating to June 1999, and the first time in 198 non-major events. The last time she missed the cut in a non-major was the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in July 1994. Poised to win The Swede started the day tied for 68th, but appeared poised to make a push into contention when she made consecutive birdies on the second and third holes. Her putter, known for being streaky, didn't stay hot long. She immediately gave a shot back on the par-four 4th, missing a five-footer to the right. She made bogeys at the par-four 6th and 9th holes, each time needing three shots to get down from the back fringe, and missed a short putt for another bogey at No 10. That put her at four over, well outside the cut line, and left tour officials pouring over the record books to help put some perspective on her potential failure. A birdie at No 12 brought her closer, but she gave that back, too. Another Hall of Famer, Julie Inkster, moved into contention with a bogey-free 67. She's at 137, one better than Han Hee-won (67) and Jang Jeong (70). (AP)

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