TROON, Scotland – Four seniors made the cut, both amateurs in the field missed it, and the last three Open champions at Royal Troon will not play the weekend.
Such is life at the 145th Open, where weather had a lot to do with who is moving on and who is heading home.
Mark O’Meara, 59, and Marco Dawson, 52, both made the cut. O’Meara shot 71-72 and is 11 shots off the lead. Dawson is playing in his first ever Open as the winner of the Senior Open last summer and shot 72-73 to make the cut by two shots. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 52, and Colin Mongtomerie, 53, both made the cut too.
Ernie Els, runner-up to Todd Hamilton in the 2004 Open at Troon, bogeyed the last hole to miss the cut by a shot. Hamilton himself, the 2004 champ, Justin Leonard (1997) and Marc Calcavecchia (1989), who missed his last 11 greens in a row, all missed by a shot.
Masters champions Bubba Watson and Danny Willett both scrambled to make the cut on the number. Watson made a scruffy bogey on the par-3 17th, but rallied with a birdie on the last via an 8-foot putt to secure a spot for the weekend. Willett got up and down from outside 100 yards on the last hole for par to make the cut on the number. He made a 16-footer to save par.
U.S. Open contender Shane Lowry didn't fare well at Royal Troon. He shot 78-71 and said: "I was like Hulk Hogan yesterday and Ben Hogan today."
Louis Oosthuizen shot a first-round 71 but followed it with an 83 in Round 2 that included a quintuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 11th and a double bogey on No. 16. He failed to make a birdie over 36 holes, with his only red number being a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th on Day 1. Billy Horschel, separately, shot 67 in the first round and 85 in the second round.
Amateurs Scott Gregory and Stefano Mazzoli both missed the cut.