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It was an uncharacteristic round for Sorenstam, especially in Hawaii. She opened the season with a victory at Turtle Bay and finished fourth the following week at Ko Olina.
Sorenstam had trouble with her short game and navigating the fast and undulating greens. She had two double bogeys and two bogeys in a horrendous six-hole stretch to make the turn at 5 over.
On the par-4 fourth, Sorenstam had to chip over a small hill, directly into the howling wind three times from almost the same spot just to get it on the green.
The 72-time tour winner had just two birdies and dropped to near the bottom of the leaderboard at 6 over when she missed a 7-foot par putt on No. 13.
She'll have more favorable conditions Friday with an early tee time but will still require a better round to make it to the weekend. The last time she failed to make the cut was the 2006 Michelob ULTRA Open.
Sorenstam is making one of her last competitive appearances in the United States. Sorenstam, who drew the loudest applause during introductions, plans to retire at the end of the year.
The group at 71 included Pat Hurst, Cristie Kerr and Hee-Won Han.
Divots: The event marked the return of women's golf to Maui. The Kemper Open, which was played at Wailea, left in 1992. ... Kapalua also hosts the PGA Tour's Mercedes-Benz Championship, which is played on the Plantation Course. ... Hilary Lunke and China's Shanshan Feng withdrew because of undisclosed reasons.
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