On Thursday, Phil Mickelson shot his highest-ever first round of his 27 Open Championship appearances. On Friday, missing the cut was a mere formality.
Mickelson followed his 10-over 80 on Thursday with a 72 on Friday, ending his week at Royal St. George’s. At 12 over, only a handful of players finished worse than the 2021 PGA champion. It’s just the seventh time he’s missed the cut in his Open career, which includes four top 10s and a win at Muirfield in 2013.
Mickelson, however, wasn’t the only marquee name to miss out on the weekend.
The cut was projected for one over early on Friday and ended up staying there throughout the day. Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau were among a long list of players who finished at one over to make the cut on the number, while some others were on the wrong side.
Francesco Molinari made a quad and a double bogey in a four-hole span on Friday and signed for a 74, which put him at two over and outside the cut line. Marc Leishman (two over), Keegan Bradley (two over), Tyrrell Hatton (two over) and Henrik Stenson (two over) all missed the cut by a shot.
Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed, Stewart Cink and Gary Woodland all finished three over to miss the cut; Jason Day was five over, and Matt Kuchar was six over.
Louis Oosthuizen leads The Open at 11 under, with Collin Morikawa at nine under and Jordan Spieth at eight under. Check out the full leaderboard here.