Tiger Woods on brink of missing [British] Open cut

This 2015 [British] Open is not getting any better for Tiger Woods. As 45mph gusts tormented St Andrews at 7:00am today and time was rapidly called on the day’s play, Woods was out on the 13th hole, and he is left in need of five shots gained over the last six holes of his second round, to reach level par and make the halfway cut.

It’s not impossible, but the inward holes of the Old Course form its most testing stretch, the gusts look set to persist to some degree, and Woods, 39, is a golfer stuck in transition.

Woods’ front nine yesterday afternoon was an improvement on the first round but that’s not saying much. He shot a humiliating 40, four over par, over the inviting outward nine on Thursday, and Friday’s return was a limp 38, with dropped shots at the fourth and sixth. Woods did at least complete his day’s work with the slightest glimmer of hope, having claimed his first and only birdie of the day at the short par-four 10th.

Earlier in the day, Phil Mickelson refused to comment after dropping a shot at the short par-four 18th, which completed a rocky second round from the 2013 [British] Open champion.

Mickelson talked about having had “fun” on the Old Course in Thursday’s first round, when he shot an eventful 70, two under par, dotted with five birdies but three dropped shots. After Mickelson started brightly yesterday though, gaining three shots in the first 10 holes, the fun seemed to run out on the back nine, as four dropped shots and one more birdie brought his score for the day back to level par.

A moment of Mickelson magic came at the notoriously difficult 17th hole on the Old Course—the Road Hole—when from 200 yards and in light rough, he cut a low long iron approach onto the front of the green. Two putts gave the five-time major winner a par on a hole many players regard as a par five.

Mickelson, 45, sits at two under par after two rounds and in a tie for 40th place. He is seven shots behind the leaders Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett.

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