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Tiger misses cut at Congressional stands tall

Second Round – PGA Tour – Quicken Loans National –Congressional Country Club Blue Course – Bethesda, Maryland –

Four players are tied at 6-under at the half-way point of the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

Aussie’s Marc Leishman and Oliver Goss fired 66s Friday in round two to reach 6-under. They are overnight co-leaders with Americans Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed, who has two victories this season including a World Golf Championship triumph.

Some 27 players are within five shots of the lead at the difficult Congressional layout. Both Leishman and Goss were bogey-free on their rounds.

Justin Rose, ranked 10th in the world, posted a 65 early Friday to bounce back from his opening-round 74. He is T-11 at 3-under overall heading into the weekend and certainly one of the favorites still to win this wide-open affair. Defending champion Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker headline a group at 2-under and T-13.

Coming back four weeks earlier than he had anticipated, Tiger Woods missed the cut at Congressional. Woods (74-75) did get some competitive juices flowing in his game as he preps for the Open Championship.

Overnight leader Greg Chalmers struggled in round two. After a 66 Thursday, he shot 7-over-78 and slipped 49 places. He wasn’t the only to lose the battle to Congressional on Friday as the cut-line came at 3-over-par.

Other notables missed the cut included Jason Day (73-73), Jason Dufner (74-74) and Keegan Bradley (75-75). In all two dozen players shot 75 or worse on Friday, while only a handful managed rounds in the 60s.

Other Golf News:

  • Bernhard Langer (11-under) shot 64 in round two of the Constellation Senior Players Championship to take a two-shot lead into the weekend. Michael Allen also carded 64 to move into a tie for fourth place. Defending champ Kenny Perry posted a 63 and sits four back of Langer.
  • Four players are 12-under through 36 holes at the European Tour’s BMW International Open in Germany including past champion Danny Willett.
  • Fresh off her U.S. Women’s Open victory, Michelle Wie is back at it posting a 5-under-66 in the opening round of the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She trails Canada’s Alena Sharp by a shot. Inbee Park, the defending champion, is T-25 after a 2-under round, while Rolex Ranking No. 1 Stacy Lewis is T-43 after shooting 70.