Mayfair leads Quail Hollow; Woods badly misses cut

May 1, 2010

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Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Billy Mayfair carded his second straight four-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Angel Cabrera after two rounds of the Quail Hollow Championship.

Mayfair, who had to Monday-qualify his way into the event, completed 36 holes at eight-under-par 136.

Cabrera, whose two PGA Tour wins are both major championships, fired a five- under 67 to finish two rounds at minus-seven.

Masters champion Phil Mickelson continued his solid play, as he posted a four- under 68 to move into a share of third place at six-under-par 138. He stands alongside J.P. Hayes (64), Paul Goydos (70) and Dustin Johnson (65).

However, the big story on Friday was Tiger Woods, who missed the cut for just the sixth time as a professional.

Woods, the 2007 champion, had never finished outside the top 11 in four previous starts at this event. After opening with a two-over 74, Woods needed to pick up one stroke to make the cut, as the cut line fell at plus-one. However, he struggled to a seven-over 79 at Quail Hollow.

That left him at plus-nine for the tournament, eight strokes over the cut line. His 79 included a 43 on the back nine, matching his worst nine-hole score as a professional.

“I didn’t play well, and more importantly my short game wasn’t very good,” said Woods. “The 10th was a pretty big deflator because I hit a three-wood there and missed clearing the bunker by about a foot and ended up making bogey on a hole that I should have made a birdie, so that hurt a lot.”

Woods missed the cut last year at the British Open, but this was his first missed cut in a non-major since the 2005 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney.

Mayfair played the back nine first at Quail Hollow and opened with a birdie on the 10th. He also birdied 13 and 16 to move to seven-under.

However, Mayfair stumbled to a bogey on the 18th and another on the second to slide down the leaderboard. He fought back with birdies on the third and fifth, but tripped to another bogey at the par-three sixth.

Mayfair found a bunker with his approach to the par-five seventh. He blasted to 10 feet and sank the birdie effort to get to seven-under. At the ninth, Mayfair’s last, he poured in a 15-footer for birdie and the outright lead.

“I made two really good putts there,” Mayfair said of his last two birdie efforts. “I’m playing well, and I’m in good position for the weekend.”

This is the first time Mayfair has held the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. He has won two of the previous six times he has held a piece of the 36-hole lead.

Cabrera, who played alongside Woods and Stewart Cink, bogeyed the third, but flew up the leaderboard from there. After a birdie on the fifth, he made eagle on the par-five seventh.

The Argentine birdied eight and nine to make the turn at minus-six. Cabrera moved into the lead with birdies on 12 and 15, but he tripped to a bogey on 17 to end one back.

“I had a very good day, was very happy with the way I drove the golf ball and was able to make some key putts. I am very content with my outcome,” said Cabrera. “I know I’m working hard, and I’m real close to being at the top of my game.”

J.J. Henry (71) and Camilo Villegas (72) are tied for seventh place at five- under-par 139.

Bo Van Pelt, the first-round leader, stumbled to a four-over 76 and slid into a share of 14th place at minus-three.

NOTES: The cut line fell at one-over-par 145 with 77 players advancing to the weekend…Along with Woods, defending champion Sean O’Hair will have the weekend off as will David Toms, J.B. Holmes, David Duval, Cink, Ben Curtis and Vijay Singh.


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