Kansas golf alum Gary Woodland’s dream of winning back to back majors came to an end on Friday evening at The Open Championship in Northern Ireland.
Playing in his first of the PGA Tour’s four major tournaments since winning the U.S. Open in mid-June, Woodland followed up Thursday’s first-round 74 with an even-par 71 on Friday at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, but the three-stroke improvement was not enough for him to stick around for the rest of the weekend.
Woodland, at +3 overall, was one of 83 golfers who missed the cut (+1 for the tournament) on Friday. Rory McIlroy (+2), Zach Johnson (+4) and Tiger Woods (+6) also failed to make it to the weekend.
Through 13 holes of Round 2, the 35-year-old Topeka native was on pace to hit the cut line on the nose.
A birdie at the par-3 13th hole brought Woodland to 2-under for the day and 1-over for the tournament. But bogeys on holes 14 and 17 pushed him back to even for the day, 3-over for the event and out of the mix.
Woodland entered the week ranked No. 5 in the world in golf’s FedEx Cup standings. The next event on the PGA Tour schedule is the WGC-FeEx St. Jude Invitational, July 25-28 in Memphis.