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The former AC Milan star missed the cut in the Kharkov Superior Cup after firing rounds of 84 and 86 to end with a score of 26 over par

Andriy Shevchenko did not enjoy the strongest of sporting comebacks as he ended his professional golf debut 40 shots off the lead at the Kharkhov Superior Cup in his native Ukraine.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea star, who retired from football after Euro 2012, ultimately opted to swap the pitch for the putting green and was handed an invitation to the event - which is just one level below the full European Tour - earlier this month.

However, the former European Footballer of the Year must have felt like burying his head in a bunker after hitting rounds of 84 and 86 to finish 26 over par, a full 40 shots adrift of leader Sihwan Kim.

The 36-year-old, who plays off a handicap of two, was even a fair way behind former world no.1 tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who finished on a respectable 16 over par.

Shevchenko enjoyed a succession of honours as a footballer, lifting the 2003 Champions League trophy and the 2004 Ballon d'Or prize, as well as becoming the third-highest scorer in European Cup history and the all-time top Ukraine marksman with 48 international goals.

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