Woods you believe it? Tiger set to miss cut as Marino shares lead

July 17, 2009

After giving the players a gentle start, Mother Nature appeared to wake up on the second day of the British Open as the wind strengthened, claiming a number of high-profile casualties including Tiger Woods.

Overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez battled hard for a three over 73 which cost him his lead but there were worse cases.

One-time leader and former champion Ben Curtis was a notable victim. The 2003 champion birdied the first to reach six-under-par and claim a share of the lead before finishing the day with a ten-over 80 to end up with a five-over-par 36-hole total.

Last year’s runner-up Ian Poulter also had a day to forget slumping to a nine-over 79. His total of 154, 14-over, means he can go home and watch some Ashes cricket action this weekend.

And U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover will be heading straight to the airport after a 77 left him at nine-over for the championships.

But there were a few success stories. Little known American Steve Marino can sit back and enjoy seeing his name at the top of the leaderboard with Tom Watson.

He went out in the fourth group of the day at 0603 (GMT) and fired a fantastic two-under-par 68 in the worst conditions to leave him at five-under for the tournament.

But the back pages will all be about struggling Woods on Saturday.

PHOTO: Steve Marino of the U.S. waits to putt during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Turnberry REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Tiger missing the cut means a great television audience for ABC….on a Saturday and Sunday morning. An early Saturday and Sunday morning.

Tiger missing the cut opens the debate; will viewing figures take a tumble? They may do, but I’m of the opinion that the ‘Tiger’ effect is not what it was as other players have narrowed the gap.
Last year’s Open pulled in a great deal of interest despite Tiger’s absence, and this year won’t be any different, largely thanks to Tom Watson.
The stage is also set for Sergio Garcia, somehow majorless so far. Ideally placed and a fan of links golf, hopefully this can be the year for the likeable Spaniard.

Posted by Tom Pilcher | Report as abusive

There is certainly no doubt that Tiger is one of the greatest golfers out there. I am wondering if this course is kind of like Colonial in Fort Worth. He avoids Colonial because it takes finess and skill to play instead of just hitting the ball a mile. Tiger is really good but he’s better at picking and choosing courses that fit his game.