• Greenbrier Classic, Round Two

Woods misses second cut of the year

ESPN staff
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Tiger Woods missed the ninth cut of his career - and second of 2012 - after a poor second round at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday.

Woods, who has won three times on the PGA Tour already this season, joined Phil Mickelson in having the weekend off - the first time the pair have ever both missed the cut in the same event since they both turned professional.

Woods, following an opening round 71 that left him in danger of seeing his tournament cut short, managed a second round 69 - on a day that saw delays due to poor weather - to sneak back to level-par for the tournament - but that was not enough to get him inside the cut-line.

He defeated Mickelson by two shots, but both men will nevertheless now have an extra two days off as they prepare for the Open Championship in just under two weeks' time.

To make matters worse for Woods, it is playing partner (and US Open champion) Webb Simpson who leads the way in West Virginia, the American navigating The Old White TPC in 66 to reach nine-under for the tournament, one ahead of a group of players that includes Jonathan Byrd and Charlie Beljan.

Beljan in particular had a memorable day - the tour rookie held the worst second round average of any player in 2012 before Friday, before a remarkable 62 shot him up the leaderboard and into contention ahead of the weekend.

Jeff Maggert and Jerry Kelly are also eight-under.

While Woods struggled, another great of the game showed you never lose your touch completely. Tom Watson put together a fine round of 68 to reach two-under for the tournament, enough to make the cut and go on into the weekend.

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