Tiger Woods’ duties on the weekend ahead at the Quicken Loans National are now limited to those of a gracious host, considering he missed the cut at Congressional on Friday, struggling to a 4-over 75 on Friday to finish two rounds at 7-over.
He was hardly the only big-name player on the wrong side of the cut line – the likes of Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Sang-Moon Bae and Jason Day were also relegated to the sidelines with poor performances on Friday.
With Day One leader Greg Chalmers dropping 49 spots downt he leader board, a pair of his fellow Australians – Marc Leishman and Oliver Goss – and two Americans – Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed – jumped into a four-way tie for first at 6-under.
Leishman and Goss each shot a 5-under 66. Neither recorded a bogey in his round. Barnes fired a 69 and Reed a 68 to tie for the lead.
Hudson Swafford of the US and Stuart Appleby of Australia are tied for fifth, a stroke off the lead. Moving up the field quick on Friday was 2013 Mastesr champion Justin Rose, whose 6-under 65 was the best round of the day and got him within three strokes of the lead.