Tiger Misses Cut; Watson Keeps Lead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2009 2:46 PM CDT
Tiger Woods of the US is seen after playing from a bunker towards the fifth green during the second round of the British Open Golf championship.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods missed the British Open cut after shooting a 4-over 74 in today's second round, marking only the second time he has failed to advance in a major since turning pro; the first was the 2006 US Open, which took place soon after the death of his father. But two double bogeys on the back side sank him today, even after he birdied two of the last three holes.

Woods fell 10 shots behind co-leaders Steve Marino and Tom Watson, and that probably won't be good enough. Watson, meanwhile, had another magical day at Turnberry. The 59-year-old bounced back from a dismal start, rolling in two impossibly long putts to share the midway lead with little-known American Marino. "It's as if the spirits are on my side," said Watson, who rolled in a 75-foot birdie at the 16th and a 45-footer at the final hole to pull even with Marino.