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July 19 2013

8:47 AM

Lehman, O'Meara fall from contention


Tom Lehman struggled to 77 Friday after a 68 the previous day. (Carr/Getty Images)

Champions Tour players Mark O’Meara and Tom Lehman struggled Friday after shooting in the 60s the previous day. They still are likely to make the cut, though.

The former Open Championship winners finished 36 holes at 3-over 145. O’Meara, the 1998 champion, followed his first-round 67 with a 7-over 78; he started the day just one shot off Zach Johnson’s lead. Lehman, who won the Claret Jug in 1996, shot 77 Friday after a first-round 68.

O’Meara, 56, had just one birdie Friday after making five birdies and an eagle the previous day. He bogeyed four of his final five holes in the second round. He last made the Open Championship cut in 2009, when he finished 70th after a first-round 67.

“I'm disappointed,” O'Meara said. “I know I can play better than that. It's never fun having a poor round, especially off a good round yesterday. I was expecting to play better yesterday. When you don't, you're disappointed. At least I'm playing on the weekend and that's a nice thing to be here in an Open Championship and have a chance on the weekend, but I just should have played better today, to be honest with you.

“Yesterday I hit it good, drove it really well, hit 15 greens. Today I just didn't drive the ball in the fairway like I needed to and I missed a lot of greens and my short game wasn't that good. You shoot 7-over quickly. It can happen fast out here. You can make bogeys pretty quick.”

Lehman, 54,  birdied his final two holes Thursday for 68. He didn’t make a single birdie in the second round. He played his final four holes in 4 over. He's made the cut in five of the past six Open Championships.

“From the beginning to the end, just seems like I got progressively worse,” he said. “Not happy with it. I was hanging in there, actually it felt like I was getting something going, and then I made a stupid bogey on 12. I had 6-iron and a wedge and I made a bogey. And then hit a pretty good second on 15 that almost went in the hole and snuck off the back bunker, and made double from there, so disaster.

I'm sure there will be good scores; the greens weren't as fast. But I hit it way better yesterday. I put the ball in position and made some good putts, and today I hit it in some really bad spots.”

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