• Canadian Open, Round Two

Donald misses the cut in Canada

ESPN staff
July 26, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Luke Donald sits just below the projected cut-line after his second round at Glen Abbey © Getty Images
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Luke Donald has missed the cut in successive tournaments for the first time since April 2010 after carding a second round of 71 at the Canadian Open, leaving him 13 shots off Hunter Mahan's lead.

The world No. 9, who missed the weekend action at The Open Championship earlier in July, finished at even-par for the tournament, which was not enough to see him into Saturday after American Mahan stormed to the top of the leaderboard with an eight-under round of 64.

Donald began with a bogey when three-putting on the 10th at Glen Abbey, and soon found himself two-over for the day following a wild drive at 14.

However, a marvellous third shot at the par-5 16th left him two feet shy of the cup, which the Englishman finished for birdie. That was shortly followed by back-to-back birdies at the first and second, before suffering another bogey at the third.

A 124 yard chip-in at the fifth saw Donald make eagle, but he surrendered the advantage when finding the water at the par-3 seventh, finishing with a double bogey five.

Another chip-in at the final hole, albeit from a shorter distance of seven yards, provided Donald with a positive end to his round, but he remained one stroke off the cut ahead of round three.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell recovered from his opening day to post a seven-under score of 65, leaving him three-under par overall.

Starting on the 10th, McDowell enjoyed a bogey-free opening nine holes and followed an eagle at the 16th with successive birdies.

A run of three birdies crowned a strong start on his return to the clubhouse, before a solitary bogey at the sixth spoiled an otherwise faultless card.

Elsewhere, John Merrick hit eight birdies and an eagle in his ten-under round of 62 to set the early clubhouse lead, while compatriot Mahan also carded eight birdies to move two shots clear at thirteen-under. Bubba Watson enjoyed a five-under second round to move into third place ahead of Saturday and is nine-under for the tournament.

Patrick Reed and Aaron Baddeley are eight-under after their two rounds, while Tommy Gainey and Jason Bohn finished with scores of 64 and 68 respectively to sit at six-under overall.

Greg Owen is the highest placed Brit, tied for ninth place on five-under after his round of 67.

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