x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

It's a sorry ending for Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour farewell came to a shuddering halt when she missed the cut at the season-ending ADT Championship.

Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour farewell came to a shuddering halt when she missed the cut at the season-ending ADT Championship. A four-times winner of the elite event, the Swede slid to a three-over-par 75 in the second round at Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach for a five-over tally of 149. Only 16 players in the 32-strong field advanced into the third round and Sorenstam missed out by two shots after finishing in a seven-way tie for 18th.

"It's been an emotional week," the world No 2 said. "You go back and forth from happy to being sad, and you always think: 'Have I made the right decision?' "All of a sudden the time is here," added Sorenstam, who announced in May she would quit golf at the end of the year. "It was always at the end of the year, in another month or so. And then all of a sudden you're standing on the 18th fairway and it's the last approach shot in an LPGA event.

"A lot of thoughts go through your head and you're trying to win a golf tournament and you're trying to enjoy it." Taken aback by the huge galleries following what proved to be her final round on the LPGA Tour, Sorenstam said she was looking forward to her life away from the game. She wants to start a family and plans to pursue business interests, including her golf academy in Florida, her charitable foundation and course design projects.

"I'm very content and another win or so is not going to change that," said the 38-year-old, who has triumphed three times on the LPGA Tour this season. Sorenstam has been the dominant figure in women's golf for the past decade and has piled up 72 LPGA Tour victories including 10 major titles. * Reuters