Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko missed the cut by 25 shots in his debut on European golf’s second-tier Challenge Tour.
The ex-soccer player shot 14 over-par 86 today at the Superior Cup in his native Ukraine to finish with a two-round total of 26-over 170. A score of 144 was needed to play the final two rounds.
Shevchenko, who has a handicap of two, retired from soccer after playing for Ukraine at the 2012 European Championship. The former European player of the year had taken part in Pro-Am events since then and was invited into the field by the president of the host Superior Golf and Spa Resort in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko finished 121st in the 130-player field. Along with two birdies and five pars today, he made a quadruple-bogey, two double-bogeys and eight bogeys.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the former French and Australian Open tennis champion, also missed the cut. The Russian, who has played events on the top-tier European Tour since retiring from tennis in 2004, shot a second consecutive 80 today to finish tied for 110th place at 16 over.
The Challenge Tour was established in 1989 as a place for professionals to compete as they try to earn their way to the European Tour.