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Sophie Gustafson retires from LPGA Tour

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Sophie Gustafson at North Texas LGPA Shootout in April 2013. Gustafson announced her retirement from the LPGA after missing the cut at the Safeway Classic on Friday.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sweden's Sophie Gustafson retired from the LPGA Tour on Friday after missing the cut in the Safeway Classic.

"It's with mixed emotions that I'm now choosing to step away from the LPGA," tweeted Gustafson, who has battled a severe stuttering problem. "Thanks for all your kindness over the years."

The 39-year-old Gustafson won the last of her five LPGA Tour titles in 2009. She also won 13 times on the Ladies European Tour and topped that circuit's money list three times.

The long-hitter played in eight Solheim Cups, going 13-12-6. She was 4-0 in Europe's 2011 victory in Ireland and made an inspirational statement at the event by doing a lengthy television interview.

In her final tournament, Gustafson had rounds of 73 and 76 at Columbia Edgewater.

Here is her entire statement to fans on Twitter:

Overwhelmed by the outreach of support I've gotten in the last 18 hours. You guys are great! I'll try to thank every single one of you personally in the next few days.

I've gotten questions about my next step, about retirement and about the LET and thought I'd straighten out a few question marks for you.

First of all, I don't have any immediate plans to retire from professional golf. I'm still stupid enough to think I have more in me. This year has been shitty on the course to put it mildly. When my confidence is low, the LPGA is the hardest place for me to be. No wiggle room at all, and if I don't play well, I better make plans for the weekend. Getting confidence back that way is almost impossible.

My plans at the moment is to play on the LET next year and see what happens. Maybe that will be my last year as a player, maybe not.

Something really cool came out of my blog work during Solheim. They liked it so much they offered me a little part time job. I wish my Swedish teacher were here now.... My absolute worst subject in school and I might end up working with it.

Thanks again for all the messages. Means the world to me. And yes, I will keep twittering :-)

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