WORLD numbers one and two Luke Donald and Lee Westwood failed to make the cut in the 140th Open Championship at Royal St George’s in Sandwich.
The two Ryder Cup stars were also joined by compatriot Ian Poulter in having an early finish to their quest to win their first major as three of England’s top four players failed to make the weekend.
Worksop’s Westwood shot a 73, which was only good enough for four over, while Donald was even worse in carding a 75 - finishing with four successive bogeys - to drop to six over.
Paul Casey, ranked 14th in the world, redressed the balance with a mixed round of 69, which included four birdies and three bogeys, to guarantee himself involvement in the final two days.
Donald denied expectation weighed heavily on him but admitted he is still trying to find a way to compete in majors.
“I will keep searching and keep trying to put myself in position but the last two majors (he finished 45th at last month’s US Open) have been disappointing,” said the 33-year-old, who won the Scottish Open last week.
“I believe in my ability but for whatever reason it is not happening.”
Westwood, with five top-three finishes in his last seven majors, shot a 73 to drop to four over, chose not to speak to reporters after just missing the cut.
Darren Clarke shares the halfway lead in The Open with American Lucas Glover.
-4 Clarke (NI), Glover (US)
-3 Bjorn (DEN), Campbell (US), Jimenez (SPA), Kaymer (GER)
-2 Coetzee (SA), D Johnson (US), Hansen (DEN), Larrazabal (SPA), Lehman, (US), Love III (US), Schwartzel (SA)
-1 Lewis (ENG), Mickelson (US), Overton (US), Palmer (US)