Lee Westwood misses Open cut

Lee Westood . in the rough
Lee Westood . in the rough
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Worksop’s Lee Westwood and Hertfordshire’s Ian Poulter were among the Englishmen to fail to make the cut at the Open Championship at Hoylake.

The high-profile pair both fell just short at Royal Liverpool, missing out by a stroke as they finished on three over after two rounds.

Poulter, whose fitness prior to the tournament had been a concern due to a ganglion cyst on a wrist, was clearly frustrated after his 74.

Stopping only briefly to talk to reporters, the 38-year-old said: “I hit it in a few bunkers and unfortunately made a few bogeys. I could have done a lot better.”

Poulter did not blame his disappointing performance on the conditions or his wrist.

Asked about the conditions, the European Ryder Cup star said they were “fine”.

He later tweeted: “That was a really poor performance this week. Simply no excuses, body & wrist felt fine. Simply didn’t hit the shots nor the putts. End of.”

The highlight of Poulter’s round were birdies on the fifth, 16th and 18th but a double-bogey five on the ninth and three more bogeys on the back nine proved costly.

Westwood, 41, fell away from his first-round one under after recording a 76, which included a double bogey six at the eighth and three other bogeys.

Other Englishmen who will not be playing at the weekend include Oliver Fisher, Ross Fisher, Danny Willett and three-time former champion Sir Nick Faldo.