World No. 1 women's golfer Annika Sorenstam has started her off-season earlier than she planned - she failed to make the cut at the L.P.G.A.'s A.D.T. Championship.

Sorenstam fired an even-par 72 in her second round and finished Friday two-over-par, 146, just one shot away from being one of the 16 women who remain in contention for the one million dollar first prize.

It is only the sixth time that Sorenstam has missed the cut on the U.S. women's tour since the start of the 1995 season.

Japan's Ai Miyazato has the lead at seven-under-par (137) after shooting a three-under-par 69 in her second round. Julieta Granada of Paraguay is in second place at five-under-par (139) after shooting a three-under-par 69 Friday. American Natalie Gulbis is tied with Australian Karrie Webb for third place at four-under-par (140).

Unlike normal tournaments, where anyone tied on the cut line advances, this week's event allows only 16 players to reach the third round.

Eight players then move to Sunday's final round, when the scores from the previous three days are wiped out and players vie for the biggest paycheck in L.P.G.A. history.