SOUTHPORT, England — Madison resident Steve Stricker kept a personal streak alive by making the cut in the British Open, the 25th major championship since 2009 that he has played on the weekend.
Former champions Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington weren’t as fortunate, heading home after failing to get inside the cut line of 5-over par.
Harrington came close, barely missing out on holing a chip on the final hole. Mickelson, meanwhile, added a 77 to the 73 he shot in the first round to finish 10 over.
“Unfortunately, it’s the first cut I’ve missed this year,” Mickelson said. “And I missed it with flair.”
Mickelson, with brother Tim on the bag in place of former longtime caddie Jim Mackay, looked as if he might make a run at playing on the weekend when he opened with a birdie on the first hole. But a triple-bogey 7 on the third hole set him back and he made four straight bogeys to open the back nine.
“It’s part of the game,” Mickelson said. “I don’t want to put too much stock in it, because I’ve really been hitting the ball well and playing well. So rather than dwell on two rough days here, I’ll go back home and get ready for these upcoming events.”
The 50-year-old Stricker, who tied for 16th at both the Masters and U.S. Open this year, has never won a major championship. He opened this one with an even-par 70, then added a 72 in blustery conditions in the second round.
His lone birdie of the round came on the par-5 17th. He had three bogeys on the front nine.
Harrington, who won here the last time the Open was at Royal Birkdale in 2008, couldn’t believe the chip that would have gotten him inside the cut line didn’t go in. He finished with two 73s.
“It looked like it was going in all right,” he said. “The story of my day.”
Henrik Stenson had more than the wind at Royal Birkdale on his mind when he teed off Friday. The private house where he is staying this week was burglarized.
Stenson says he learned about the burglary when he finished his opening round. He said the thieves took some valuable personal items and all his clothing for the week.
What they didn’t get was the claret jug, the trophy he was given for winning the Open last year. He gave that back to the R&A on Monday.
Stenson said he was happy that his family was not there at the time and was not going to let the burglary spoil what has been a great week for him as the defending champion.
Garcia loses temper
Masters champion Sergio Garcia was upset and hurt after angrily swinging his club into shrubs on the fourth hole during his second round.
He clutched his shoulder immediately after hurting himself, but continued to play. He ended up with a 69 and was 2 over for the tournament.
Garcia said he was treating the injury with pills and got physical therapy afterward.
“Obviously, I am not happy about it because I almost screwed up my British Open,” Garcia said. “Fortunately for me, I didn’t.”