Date: November 22, 2008

Hull leads as Sorenstam bows out

Australian Katherine Hull, who led after Thursday&aposs first round, remained atop the leaderboard after at the season-ending ADT Championship shooting a one-under 71 on Friday to put her on five-under 139 overall. “I&aposm really happy with today,” said Hull, whose bogey-free round featured a lone birdie on the 15th hole. “Obviously, no bogies, so yeah, very happy with the way I kind of made the up and down on 18 and finished off.” Annika Sorenstam&aposs LPGA Tour career came to a disappointing end as she missed the cut. The former world No.1, who announced earlier this year that this would be her last season on the tour, shot a three-over-par 75 yesterday at Trump International Golf Club to finish tied for 18th place at five over through 36 holes. The field was trimmed to 16 players after the second round, with Australian Karrie Webb locking up the final spot with a two-day total of three-over 147. “It&aposs almost that a tear wants to come out, but it&aposs not really coming out,” said the 38-year-old Swede will play her final competition in three weeks at the Dubai Ladies Masters. “I think it&aposs because I&aposm very happy with what I&aposve done. You know, I&aposm content. I&aposve said it all along, I feel good. “I had really two good chances there (on the 14th and 15th), and when you don&apost make those, you know it&aposs going to be very hard.” World No.1 Lorena Ochoa, the defending champion, also failed to make the cut as she finished tied with Sorenstam after 36 holes. “I can&apost imagine how she&aposs doing right now,” said Ochoa of Sorenstam. “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.” The winner of 72 LPGA titles and 10 major championships, Sorenstam announced in May that she had decided to end her Hall of Fame career and pursue other interests. She has not used the word &aposretire&apos but has insisted she will not be seen on the LPGA Tour next season. “It&aposs been a wonderful career,” Sorenstam said. “I&aposve enjoyed it immensely. I don&apost think just a few words would summarise how I feel or what I&aposve achieved or what I&aposve gone through in experiences.” Sorenstam won three times on the LPGA Tour this season and has said she has no regrets about moving on. She also stated that she wants to start a family and pursue other business interests, including her golf academy in Florida.