Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the two-round cut at the Greenbrier Classic, the first time in their professional careers that both have failed to qualify for weekend play.
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson was atop the leaderboard at 9-under yesterday when play was suspended because of darkness after rain forced a delay of more than two hours earlier in the day. Simpson made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th for a 4-under-66.
Round two will resume this morning for three golfers on pace to make the cut, who were left on the course as darkness fell. Among them was Martin Flores who was in a five-way tie for second place with two holes to go.
Charlie Bejian, Jonathan Byrd, Jeff Maggert and Jerry Kelly completed the round to share second place at 8-under, one stroke behind Simpson.
Woods carded a 140 after 36 holes to stand at even par and miss the cut by one stroke. Mickelson missed weekend play after shooting his second straight 71 yesterday to post a 2-over 142.
Woods was playing in the three-year-old Greenbrier event for the first time.
“I didn’t quite have it,” Woods told reporters yesterday. “I know we’re at altitude, but I just couldn’t get the ball hit pin high no matter what I did, and subsequently, I made some bogeys.”
Woods said he wasn’t concerned about distance control for the British Open which starts July 19.
“It’s not going to be this warm and we’re not going to be at altitude,” Wood said. “We’ll be on the beach.”
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.