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No hat-trick for Harrington as host of big guns miss cut

A host of big names missed the cut in the 139th Open Champion-ship at St Andrews, among them a number of former champions.

Two-time Claret Jug winner Pádraig Harrington (pictured), who has not triumphed in any tournament since claiming his second Open title and the US PGA Championship back-to-back in 2008, bowed out on six over after rounds of 73 and 77.

Even with the second round incomplete because of a 65-minute suspension due to high winds the chances of 2002 champion Ernie Els (four over) had gone, along with his successor Ben Curtis (five over) and the man who followed him, Todd Hamilton (five over).

World No5 Jim Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion who has had three top-12 finishes in his last four Open appearances, was six over while Argentina's Angel Cabrera, a two-time major winner, ended up only one better.

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open champion, went home on six over along with 1997's Troon winner Justin Leonard, while 2001 champion David Duval finished 11 over.

Of the veterans, five-time winner Tom Watson said farewell to Opens at St Andrews with a birdie on his last hole but it was only good enough to sign for a 75, leaving him four over.

Nick Faldo, with three Open victories, could manage only nine over with 1985 champion Sandy Lyle just two shots better off alongside the last British winner, 1999 champion Paul Lawrie.

With 30 players still to complete their rounds today, England's Justin Rose, winner in two of this last three tournaments, was left to sweat on three over with the likelihood being he would not make it once the final 10 groups had finished.



Oosthuizen has driving issues

Louis Oosthuizen's five-under-par 67 -- a round which included just 30 putts -- in wet and breezy morning conditions showed he has impeccable judgement.

Unfortunately for the South African, it does not always manifest itself off the course. The 27-year-old recently changed his Mercedes ML sports utility vehicle for a BMW X5 4x4.

Unfortunately, he drove it home only to discover it was too wide to fit through his garage doors and he had to buy new ones.


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