The good news for Kyle Stanley is that Friday’s total was 13 strokes better than his first-round 82 at the Open Championship at Muirfield Links in Scotland.
The bad news was he needed one more birdie to make the cut.
Stanley, from Gig Harbor, shot a 69 in the second round, but it wasn’t enough to make up for his disappointing start. He missed the weekend, although American Phil Mickelson went on to win the event on Sunday.
Stanley’s first round was a borderline disaster from the start as he scored a triple bogey on the second hole and a double bogey on each of the fourth and fifth. He also bogeyed No. 6 and doubled No. 9, and he ended up with a 46 for the front nine.
Stanley bogeyed just two holes on the back nine but birdied only 16 and went into round two tied for 151st out of 154 golfers.
Day two was a complete turnaround as he didn’t have a single hole over par on the front nine. Birdies on No. 3 and No. 5 allowed him to make the turn at 7 over par for the tournament.
Another birdie on No. 11 got him a stroke closer to par, but he gave that shot back three holes later with a five on the par-4 15th.
Stanley then parred No. 16 and birdied 17, putting him into position to play during the weekend, but a poor drive on the final hole and a missed lengthy par putt put Stanley at 8 over for his two days of work.
The missed cut was the second time Stanley missed out on paydays at a major tournament this year. He also failed to qualify for the weekend at The Masters in April.
The former Bellarmine Prep standout and University of Clemson star did make the cut at the U.S. Open last month, and he finished 73rd.
Mickelson shot a 66 on Sunday to win the Open Championship and finished three strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson.
The next major is the PGA championship, which will be held Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
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