Luke Donald, Lee Westwood Miss The Cut At British Open
The top two players in the world won't be playing this weekend at the British Open. Luke Donald, who won the Scottish Open last week and Lee Westwood have missed the cut at their nations championship. A disappointment to them and their nation who had so much hope.
It should come as a surprised that either of these golfers will not be playing this weekend. Donald finished the second round with four consecutive bogies on 15,16,17 and 18 to finish 6-over par for the two rounds. The cut was 3-over. Donald has made the cut in all but one event, the Northern Trust Open in February, and has three wins in 2011. One on the PGA TOUR and two on the European.
A bogey on the 16th hole on Friday was part of the reason Lee Westwood missed the cut. Westwood made birdie on the the 15th hole to move to 3-over (the cut line) but a bogey on 16 moved him to +4. Unable to make birdie on the final two holes, Westwood came up one stroke short of making the cut. Although he hasn't had the year Donald has, Westwood won the Ballentine's Championship in May and followed it up with three consecutive top 10's, including the U.S. Open, prior to this week.
Top 10 Players Struggle at British Open
Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were not the only players on the top 10 to miss the cut at the British Open. American Matt Kuchar, currently ranked 7th in the world, finished with a two day total of +11 to miss the cut. It's the first time in 2011 Kuchar has failed to make the cut and ends a streak dating back to May of 2010 when he missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship. Although he is yet to win in 2011, he has twelve top 25's and eight top 10's this season.
The 9th ranked player in the world, Graeme McDowell, didn't make a single birdie during the second round on his way to missing the cut. McDowell shot a 7-over par, 77, on Friday which included five bogies and one double bogey. He's had a disappointing year with only three top 10's on the PGA TOUR in 10 starts.Continued on the next page