Byrd, Beljan Lead Greenbrier; Woods, Mickelson Might Miss Cut

Jonathan Byrd and Charlie Beljan share a one-shot lead at the Greenbrier Classic, where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in danger of missing the two-round cut for the first time together as professionals.

Byrd and Beljan are at 8 under for the tournament at the Greenbrier’s Old White TPC course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. They are one-shot ahead of J.B. Holmes and Jeff Maggert.

Byrd shot a 2-under 68 today, while Beljan, a 27-year-old PGA Tour rookie, had a 62 after being 9-under par through his first 16 holes. Beljan missed an opportunity to become the sixth player to shoot 59 on the Tour when he ended his round with a par and a bogey. Australia’s Stuart Appleby was the last player to accomplish the feat, shooting 59 in the final round to win the 2010 Greenbrier event.

Beljan has missed the 36-hole cut in six of the 10 full events he has played on the Tour. His best finish came at last month’s Travelers Championship, tying for 29th.

Woods is 1 over through his first six holes today and 2 over for the tournament, three shots higher than the projected 36-hole cut. Mickelson is also 2 over after consecutive rounds of 71, marking his seventh straight over-par round, the longest stretch of his career.

If Mickelson and Woods both miss the cut, it would mark the first time that both players failed to qualify for weekend play in the same event as professionals.

The Greenbrier is Woods’s last event before the British Open, the third of four annual major championships, which is scheduled for July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in northwest England.

Woods won the AT&T National on July 1 for his third title this year. The victory was his 74th on the Tour, breaking a tie with Jack Nicklaus for the second-most in history behind Sam Snead’s 82.

Woods is playing in the 3-year-old Greenbrier event for the first time. Snead was the head professional at the Greenbrier Resort from the late 1930s until his death in 2002.

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