'We'll see. It's a long day left,' she said.
Not long enough. With a second straight 2-over-par 73 Friday, the top player in women's golf missed the cut for the first time since 2002. She finished in a tie for 72nd, with the top 71 players continuing into Saturday on the 6,306-yard layout.
Sorenstam had made 68 consecutive cuts before enduring a second straight day with a balky putter, even as playing partners Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr did well.
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.
'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.'
'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.'
Sorenstam had made 74 consecutive cuts before missing at the British Open in 2002, and said she knew it had been a long time, but only pays attention to victories.
That might serve as a warning to everyone else on tour. She followed that missed cut in 2002 with three consecutive victories, and had won 27 of 65 starts since.
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