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Ernie misses Open cut

2010-07-17 11:35

St Andrews - St Andrews - Louis Oosthuizen's five-shot British Open lead remained intact on Saturday as the final 10 pairings finished their rounds following Friday's battering by the wind at St Andrews.

The players returned to the Old Course to resume play at 05h30 GMT but none could make significant inroads on the South African, whose second-round 67 gave him a 12-under total of 132 and the biggest halfway lead since American Bobby Clampett in the 1982 Open at Troon.

South Korean amateur Jin Jeong completed one hole, and his birdie at the 18th took him to six under and a share of third place alongside England's Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares.

Canizares was also among the early starters and he too birdied the 18th to go to six-under.

The third round will start at 09h00 GMT with Oosthuizen (15h40) going out last with 1989 champion Mark Calcavecchia, who is on seven under after benefiting from the best conditions early on Friday.

The cut came at two over with 77 players remaining for the final two rounds with South African Ernie Els one of the big name casualties to miss out on the weekend action, along with Padraig Harrington.

Dry and sunny intervals are forecast with winds not as strong as the violent gales that prompted a 65-minute suspension of play on Friday.

Open scores after the completion of the second round (The cut was set at 146.)

132 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 65 67

137 Mark Calcavecchia (U.S.) 70 67

138 Paul Casey (Britain) 69 69, Lee Westwood (Britain) 67 71, Jin Jeong (South Korea) 68 70, Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 67 71

139 Tom Lehman (U.S.) 71 68, Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 68 71, Peter Hanson (Sweden) 66 73, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 72 67, Graeme McDowell (Britain) 71 68, Retief Goosen (South Africa) 69 70, Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 67 72

140 Ignacio Garrido (Spain) 69 71, Toru Taniguchi (Japan) 70 70, Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 69 71, Martin Kaymer (Germany) 69 71, Nick Watney (U.S.) 67 73, Tiger Woods (U.S.) 67 73, Darren Clarke (Britain) 70 70

141 Shane Lowry (Ireland) 68 73, Vijay Singh (Fiji) 68 73, Yang Yong-eun (South Korea) 67 74, Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 69 72, Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 68 73, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Sweden) 67 74 Bo Van Pelt (U.S.) 69 72

142 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 73 69, Bradley Dredge (Britain) 66 76, Alvaro Quiros (Spain) 72 70, Adam Scott (Australia) 72 70, Sergio Garcia (Spain) 71 71, Marcel Siem (Germany) 67 75, John Daly (U.S.) 66 76, Trevor Immelman (South Africa) 68 74, Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 74, J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 70 72

143 Simon Khan (Britain) 74 69, Andrew Coltart (Britain) 66 77, Lucas Glover (U.S.) 67 76, Rory McIlroy (Britain) 63 80, Camilo Villegas (Colombia) 68 75

144 Peter Senior (Australia) 73 71, Kevin Na (U.S.) 70 74, Marc Leishman (Australia) 73 71, Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 73 71, Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 71 73, John Senden (Australia) 68 76, Simon Dyson (Britain) 69 75, Robert Allenby (Australia) 69 75, Ian Poulter (Britain) 71 73, Stewart Cink (U.S.) 70 74, Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 71 73, Zane Scotland (Britain) 70 74, Kim Kyung-tae (South Korea) 70 74

145 Colm Moriarty (Ireland) 72 73, Scott Verplank (U.S.) 72 73, Luke Donald (Britain) 73 72, Steve Stricker (U.S.) 71 74, Colin Montgomerie (Britain) 74 71, Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 69 76, Heath Slocum (U.S.) 71 74, Steve Marino (U.S.) 69 76, Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 69 76, Ross Fisher (Britain) 68 77, Jason Day (Australia) 71 74, Steven Tiley (Britain) 66 79

146 Hirofumi Miyase (Japan) 71 75, Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 79 67, Zach Johnson (U.S.) 72 74, Richard Johnson (Sweden) 73 73, Danny Chia (Malaysia) 69 77, Robert Rock (Britain) 68 78, Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 72 74, Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 71 75, Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 72 74, Tom Pernice Jr. (U.S.) 72 74

(Missed cut: Ernie Els (148 - 69, 79), Mike Weir, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington)


Reuters

Comments
  • greg - 2010-07-17 12:02

    Poor Ernie is like the Stormers, big on talk but little delivery these days.

  • Jakes - 2010-07-17 12:56

    Yes, lots of support, but no cups. Ernie has always been my hero,but lately he is missing out. what about a sabatical, and come back after a year, refreshed and focussed?

  • Billy of Arabia - 2010-07-17 13:08

    It's not poor Ernie - it's WELL DONE Ernie! Jeez, some would say he is past his sell by date but he is hanging in there, playing amongst the top in the world and still keeping his Big Easy reputation. Ernie, keep it up Boet!

  • Charl - 2010-07-17 13:21

    Just a stupid question to anyone who knows... Is Louis Oosthuizen nie 'n produk van die Ernie Els Golf Academy nie ??

  • James - 2010-07-17 15:28

    sorry Ernie things not working out in the majors so far. my view, he is not playing enough tournaments leading up to the majors. start of the year he build good form and then started to play, stop play stop, cant build confidance and form like this. same problem with Phil and Tiger. Yes Louis was part of the EE foundation. Trust he can pull it off. Go Louis

  • V. Zela - 2010-07-17 17:13

    Greg smells like a small piece of blue bull s*@t

  • Torra - 2010-07-18 10:21

    Prior to any major, the news media including sport 24 hypes up Ernie Els who will lead the SA challenge. Yet its the very Els who always fails miserably and not enough praise is heaped on the other SA contingent. The time has come to write off this sell by date player and concentrate on our alternatives. Go Louis go.

  • Hermine - 2010-07-19 12:56

    Not sure if you guys are really following golf but Ernie is rank No 1 on the FedEx cup points. He is only going to be 41 in October and I predict that he can still win a number of majors. He is currently just trying too hard in the majors. I am still supporting Ernie and always will.

  • Double Bogey - 2010-08-04 08:49

    Ernie can't handle Tiger being in the same field as he. He showed good form early this year when Tiger was on sabbatical. No sooner had Tiger returned, then the wheels came off. Until he shackles himself of the Tiger boogey, he will continue to falter. Askies Ernie.

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