British Open 2019: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy among notables to miss the cut
Two rounds are in the books at the British Open at Royal Portrush, and there are some heavy-hitter names that won’t be playing on the weekend. First and foremost, Tiger and Phil.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut at the same major for the first time in their careers. That spans more than 20 years worth of majors played. Woods shot 78-70 to finish six over while Mickelson went 76-74.
While fans in Northern Ireland will be disappointed to not see Woods and Mickelson on the weekend, they’re likely more disappointed to not see Rory McIlroy. The Ulsterman made one helluva run at the cutline Friday afternoon, but had too much ground to make up after shooting 79 Thursday. McIlroy’s 65 Friday was not enough. Sixty-four would have done the job.
With the cut finishing at one over, anyone who failed to shoot below par at Portrush was grinding to play the weekend. Adam Scott was one of them. Scott’s first round 78 was surprising, as were his total of just four birdies. Bryson DeChambeau, who played well recently on the PGA Tour, made just two birdies himself en route to finishing five over.
Now, the focus turns to the weekend. Shane Lowry and J.B. Holmes are your co-leaders, both sitting at eight under for the championship. Mr. Major Brooks Koepka is just three shots back.
Jason Day (+2)
Andrew Johnston (+2)
Gary Woodland (+3)
Hideki Matsuyama (+3)
Zach Johnson (+4)
Billy Horschel (+5)