The resurgence of Tiger Woods came to a shuddering halt on Friday as he missed the halfway cut at the Greenbrier Classic.
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Just one week after winning the AT&T National, Woods faces a rare weekend off after missing the cut at a PGA Tour event for only the ninth time. The former world number one saw four birdies almost wiped out by three bogeys, and his even-par score through 36 holes meant he missed the cut by one shot.
Also heading home is another big name, Phil Mickelson. For the second straight day ‘Lefty’ shot a one-over-par round, and his two-over total means the 2012 Greenbrier Classic is the first time Mickelson and Woods have both missed the cut in the same tournament as professionals.
Webb Simpson (7/4 tournament favourite) currently sets the standard at the top of the leaderboard following a flawless performance in the second round, which was delayed by rain and later suspended due to darkness with a handful of players still to finish.
The US Open champion reeled four birdies to improve his total to nine-under through 36 holes, a shot ahead of fellow Americans Jonathan Byrd (7/1), Charlie Beljan (40/1), Jeff Maggert (25/1), Jerry Kelly (25/1) and Martin Flores (16/1).
Korean Charlie Wi (16/1) breaks the American dominance ever so slightly after climbing to seven-under, alongside JB Holmes (14/1). Another group of Americans – Bob Estes (33/1), Scott Piercy (40/1), Billy Mayfair (66/1), Ken Duke (33/1) and Sean O’Hair (25/1) – are locked on six-under.
Steve Stricker (20/1) and Keegan Bradley (33/1) are two shots further back on four-under, while overnight leader Vijay Singh (100/1) plummeted down the leaderboard on the second day, racking up five bogeys as he dropped to three-under through 36 holes.