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The cream has risen to the highest of the leaderboard on the one hundred and fiftieth Open Championship. Cameron Smith instructions the solo lead at 13 beneath heading into the weekend with Cameron Younger, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler and lots different large names scorching on his heels and in with an opportunity to boost the Claret Jug come Sunday night at St. Andrews.

But it isn’t all excellent news popping out of the Previous Course as quite a lot of notable names might be absent from the sphere this weekend. Tiger Woods was unable to get well from his abysmal begin on Thursday and by no means sniffed the minimize line with a 9-over 153. Tiger was emotional strolling down the 18th fairway, although he held out hope for a return to St. Andrews sooner or later. The 15-time main winner will not be alone as Phil Mickelson took on water within the second spherical and signed for a 5-over 77 to overlook the minimize Friday by 5 strokes.

“My two-day play is I made my share of errors, struggled once more in the present day to get the texture of the greens. I left a variety of putts brief once more. Similar as yesterday. And I had hit a few poor pictures, find yourself in dangerous spots,” mentioned Woods. “And, once more, I simply by no means bought something going. And I wanted to shoot a low one in the present day, and I actually didn’t try this. And therefore, I will not be round on the weekend.”

Whereas the 2 veterans’ omission from the latter levels of this championship will not be all that shocking, seeing the reigning Champion Golfer of the 12 months slip up was a shocker. Along with his brief journey to St. Andrews official, Collin Morikawa has turn out to be the primary defending champion since Darren Clarke in 2012 to overlook the minimize the yr after elevating the Claret Jug.

The 2-time main winner’s poor 2022 continued on the The Open because it did for Brooks Koepka who hovered across the even-par quantity for almost all of his championship and in the end fell on the incorrect aspect of the cutline. This week concluded a forgettable main season for the 32-year-old as he missed the minimize on the Masters and was unable to seize a top-50 end at both the PGA Championship or U.S. Open. It marks the top of a formidable streak because it had been eight years since Koepka was held and not using a top-10 end in a significant championship in a season.

These unfortunate souls who is not going to be round this weekend should wait till April of 2023 for his or her subsequent shot at glory. It was a quick, compact main championship season, and identical to that, 4 extra alternatives have passed by the wayside.

2022 Open Championship missed cuts

  • Collin Morikawa (+1)
  • Webb Simpson (+1)
  • Louis Oosthuizen (+1)
  • Brooks Koepka (+4)
  • Phil Mickelson (+5)
  • Tiger Woods (+9)

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