Sorenstam misses cut; 4-year run over


Annika Sorenstam failed to the make the cut in a women's golf tournament for the first time since 2002 yesterday, shooting a 2-over-par 73 in the second round of the LPGA Michelob Ultra Open on a course in Williamsburg, Va., 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.

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.

For Sorenstam, who had finished no better than sixth in three prior appearances at the $2.2 million event, it 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. She also dropped out after 36 holes in the PGA Tour's 2003 Colonial.

Sorenstam 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.

"I was hoping it was going to turn around. I really was," she said. "But then it just kept on going the way it's been going. Obviously, I'm very disappointed."

Her putter, known for being streaky, didn't stay hot long.

She immediately gave a shot back on the par-4 fourth, missing a 5-footer to the right. She made bogeys at the par-4 sixth and ninth 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 4-over, well outside the cut line.

"This year, it's really not going my way at all, so I've got to keep on going, keep on grinding. It's all I can do," Sorenstam said. "I've just got to keep on working."

PGA Byron Nelson Championship -- Arron Oberholser knew as soon as he struck the putt that he had missed his chance at history. Instead of becoming only the fourth player to shoot a 59 in a PGA Tour event, Oberholser settled for a 10-under 60 and the tournament record in Irving, Texas. His 15-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole curled and settled about a foot right of the cup. After an opening 74, Oberholser moved within four strokes of co-leaders Adam Scott and Brett Wetterich, both at 10-under 130 through two rounds. Joe Ogilvie and Omar Uresti, both from Austin and in the same group, were tied for third at 133. Oberholser was with Phil Tataurangi and first-round co-leader Steve Lowery at 134. After getting even for the tournament with a 4-under 30 on the front nine, Oberholser made four straight birdies after making the turn. It was during that stretch that he thought about the possibility of a 59, a mark reached only by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval, who had the last one in 1999.

Champions Boeing Championship -- Bobby Wadkins set a course record, shooting a 9-under 62 to grab the first-round lead in Destin, Fla. Wadkins is trying to end a five-year winless drought on the Champions Tour. Curtis Strange and Don Pooley were four back in the 54-hole event with opening 66s. Ray Floyd shot 68.

PGA European British Masters -- Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 to open a three-stroke lead at the halfway stage at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. Casey has an 11-under total of 133, with Darren Clarke in second place after his 2-under 70.

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