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Sorenstam misses the cut in LPGA farewell

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  • Annika Sorenstam misses the cut at the ADT Championship in Florida
  • The Swedish legend was playing in her final tournament on the LPGA Tour
  • Mexico's world number one and title holder Lorena Ochoa is also eliminated
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(CNN) -- Annika Sorenstam's glittering career on the LPGA Tour ended in anti-climax as the Swedish legend failed to make the cut in her final tournament.

Sorenstam acknowledges the gallery as she walks towards the 18th green.

Sorenstam stumbled to a three-over par 75, leaving her five-over at the halfway stage of the season-ending ADT Championship in Florida.

Only 16 players advanced to the third round in the elite 32-woman event, and Sorenstam finished two shots out of that mix.

She announced six months ago she was leaving the tour at year's end to pursue business interests, get married and start a family.

Sorenstam remains second in the world rankings, but at 38 she decided it's time for new challenges. "All of a sudden, the time is here," she said.

"You're standing there on the 18th fairway and it's your last approach shot in an LPGA event. A lot of thoughts go through your head ... and what's been the coolest thing this week is all these people who showed up that I don't know, my fans," Sorenstam told the Associated Press.

The popular Sorenstam attracted a big gallery as she played her final round with Laura Diaz.

Even Lorena Ochoa -- the defending ADT champion, who also didn't advance to the weekend -- showed up at the 18th green to give her friend and rival a farewell hug.

"I can't imagine how she's doing right now," Ochoa said. "But I guess it will come for all of us at one point. So we can only say that we enjoyed having her and thank you for everything."

Australia's Katherine Hull shot 71 to get to five-under, making her the leader after two rounds, a fact that will be completely irrelevant on Saturday morning.

The scorecards of the surviving 16 all get erased for the third round, and will again when the final eight play on Sunday.

Angela Stanford finished on four-under, one shot ahead of Christina Kim, In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer, who was up most of the night before with the flu but shot her second straight 71.

"This is one of the hardest rounds I've ever had to play," said Creamer, who will win the season's money title if she wins the tournament.

Others who advanced included Jeong Jang, Angela Park, Seon Hwa Lee, Ji-Yai Shin, Helen Alfredsson, Eun-Hee Ji (who was seven-over for her final three holes and got through anyway), Jee Young Lee, Suzann Pettersen, Sun Young Yoo, Karen Stupples and Karrie Webb.

Sorenstam is set to play her farewell tournament at the Dubai Ladies Masters on the European Tour in three weeks time, but is already looking forward to retirement.

"The good thing is, I have a lot of fun things ahead of me," she said.

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