Defending champ Clarke misses cut


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England – Phil Mickelson was the biggest name to miss the Open Championship cut on Friday, but he had plenty of star-studded company amongst those slamming the trunk and failing to qualify for the weekend.

Last year’s champion Darren Clarke continued his string of poor play since that victory, posting scores of 76-71 in the first two rounds.

Also gone are the last two champions from Royal Lytham & St. Annes, as David Duval (2001) and Tom Lehman (1996) each finished at 5 over, two shots outside the number.

A pair of pre-tournament popular picks are headed home, as well. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, who played the first two rounds together, each finished one stroke too high.

Others with the weekend off include recent major champions Charl Schwartzel, Y.E. Yang, Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink and Martin Kaymer.