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Sorenstam misses cut in LPGA final

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 18, 2006


WEST PALM BEACH - Annika Sorenstam, the two-time defending champion of the LPGA Tour's season-ending ADT Championship, missed the cut Friday - for only the sixth time in 250 LPGA starts since 1995 - to fall out of the chase for a record $1-million first prize. She shot par 72 and finished two rounds at 2 over, one stroke from a playoff.

Japan's Ai Miyazato, the first-round leader, shot 69 and moved to 7 under, two shots ahead of Julieta Granada (69). Natalie Gulbis (70) and Karrie Webb (71) were another shot back at 4 under.

Only 16 women advanced to the third round, with the final three spots getting settled in a six-way playoff. Morgan Pressel was the first in that mix to secure her spot, making birdie on the second hole, and Juli Inkster and Lorena Ochoa followed with birdies on the third. Pat Hurst, Brittany Lang and Jee Young Lee failed to advance.

"It felt like I was in a Saturday afternoon horse race at the club, everybody out there playing and eliminating one at a time," Inkster said.

The ADT format calls for only 16 players to reach the third round, then eight move on to final round - when the scores from the first three days are wiped out and the survivors play for the biggest check in LPGA history, $1-million.

The remainder of the third-round field: Wendy Ward (141); Il Mi Chung, Paula Creamer and Se Ri Pak (142); Diana D'Alessio, Jeong Jang and Mi Hyun Kim (143); and Hee-Won Han and Cristie Kerr (144).

Brittany Lincicome of Seminole shot par 72, but missed the cut at 4-over 148.

JAPAN: Tiger Woods shot 5-under 65 to take one-stroke lead into the second half of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki. The two-time defending champion used an early eagle to post a two-round 8-under 132 and move past Padraig Harrington (66).

EUROPEAN/ASIAN: Defending champion Colin Montgomerie shot 4-under 66 to move up the leaderboard and stay five shots behind Jose Manuel Lara after the second round of the Hong Kong Open. Lara, who also shot 66, was at 10-under 130, one stroke ahead of Gregory Bourdy (66). Retief Goosen missed the 140 cut by one stroke.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Nathan Green shot 1-under 71 to hold a two-shot lead after the second round in Sydney. Green had a two-round total of 6-under 138, and was followed by Richard Green - no relation - after 71. Stuart Appleby was at 1 under after 68, the best round of the day, and was tied for third with Gavin Coles (70).