Woods and Mickelson miss cut, Simpson leads

Jul 08, 2012, 08:05 IST | Agencies

Webb Simpson seized the lead at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday, and the US Open champion won't have to worry about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the weekend.

Woods, fresh from his third victory of the season at the AT&T National, was one stroke outside the projected halfway cut when darkness halted the weather-disrupted second round with a dozen players still on the course.

Woods during the second round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on Friday. Pic/AFP

The 14-time major champion carded a one-under 69, capping it with a birdie at the par-three 18th that left him on even-par 140 with the cut expected at one-under 139. “I didn’t quite have it,” Woods said. “I drove it really good today (Friday) and I just did not have the feel for the distances. The ball was just going forever. I know we’re at altitude, but I just couldn’t get the ball hit pin high no matter what I did, and subsequently, I made some bogeys.”

It’s the ninth missed cut in Woods’s pro career. He failed to qualify at Quail Hollow earlier this season, making this just the second time he has missed the cut twice in the same year.

Atwal makes cut
Indian golfer Arjun Atwal sank a tense 13-foot putt for a birdie on the 18th hole to squeeze inside the cutline.

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