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Ex-Soccer Player Shevchenko Misses Cut by 25 Shots in Golf Debut

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Former Chelsea And AC Milan Striker Andriy Shevchenko
Former Chelsea And AC Milan Striker Andriy Shevchenko. Photographer: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- 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, 36, wound up 40 shots behind leader Sihwan Kim of South Korea. Kim tied the course record by shooting 64 today and is 14 under, six shots ahead of England’s Lloyd Kennedy.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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