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The Tour Report

June 17 2011

9:12 PM

Big Three rally, make cut

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM BETHESDA, Md. -- It was touch-and-go for a while there, but the Big Three played their way into the weekend Friday afternoon. World No. 2 Lee Westwood ripped through a second-round 68 to go into the weekend at plus-1, while third-ranked  Martin Kaymer shot a 70 and is at 2 over. World No. 1 Luke Donald struggled coming in, but shot 72 to settle in at 4 over, which is expected to be the cut. Donald considered himself lucky to make the cut. "I struggled on the back nine both days and that comes down to not hitting enough fairways and not hitting enough greens,'' he said. "I hit 50 percent of fairways this week and you are always going to struggle on a course like this. I’ve got to find something on the weekend and shoot a couple of good rounds and see what happens. Rory is well ahead but you keep fighting and see what you can do." When asked about chasing leader Rory McIlroy and what advice he might give him, Westwood chuckled. "I'm supposed to beat him over the next two days,'' he said. "I'm hardly going to give him advice, am I?" Westwood has his eye on Y.E. Yang, who is in second. "Trying to catch him, because if I'm going to win the tournament, then I'm going to need Rory to play poorly over the weekend,'' Westwood said. "I might play great and shoot 11‑under par and get to 10, but he's still got to shoot ‑‑ if he shoots level at the weekend then he wins. But when you've got a six‑shot lead, as I know, because I've had a few six‑shot leads, everybody gives you the tournament almost, so in everybody's mind he's probably already won it.  They're probably debating whether he's already won it on TV." Perhaps. But what they are doing is wondering just who will be around for the weekend. With play suspended at 8:04 p.m. and seven groups still on the course, it looks as though some prominent names will be headed home. The final cut will be made Saturday after the second round concludes. Bubba Watson (4 over) is the only one of the four Golf Boys to make the cut. Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are just under the current line at 5 over, along with Adam Scott and former British Open champ Stewart Cink, who bogeyed his final hole. Ian Poulter (6 over) landed in Orlando in time for dinner -- he tweeted it -- and had company there at 6 over with two-time U.S. Open champ Ernie Els and Ben Crane. Former PGA champ David Toms and former U.S. Open Jim Furyk went home at 7 over par, as did former Masters champ Angel Cabrera at 8 over.