Day misses cut and Leishman snaps putter as Aussies struggle in Open

Sandwich, Kent: Jason Day had expected to contend in the 149th Open but could only follow his opening round of 75 with a level-par 70 and he will not be required for weekend play.

It should not be this way for the world No. 68, who has spent 51 weeks as the No.1 and won the 2015 US PGA title, but he has lost a bit of trust with his driver and is finding fades when he tries to draw the ball from right to left.

Jason Day tees off during his second round at the British Open.Credit:Getty

“I played the first three-over par [in the two rounds] and played the ninth three-over par as well,” he said, highlighting the holes that cost him a place with the cut, which is estimated to be level par or one-over.

“I’m trying to get back to No.1. I’ve been saying that for a while now, but the work I’ve been putting in hasn’t yielded a lot of results yet. I believe it in my heart. The last two or three seasons of not playing humbles you a lot. I know that my game is good enough to be No.1.”

Marc Leishman managed to get round in 67 to finish at two over and was planning to have a few beers in the afternoon and hope the wind got up and dried out the course further after finishing his round putting with a wedge after breaking the putter when a birdie effort stayed out at the 10th.

Astonishingly he managed to make three birdies with the replacement “and holed five or six of the longest putts I holed all week”.

He added: “When you play a tournament that means so much and you’re hitting it so well, it’s just very frustrating. I think the embarrassment of having to putt with a wedge is enough punishment.”

Brad Kennedy had a 74 to go first round of 71 and finished at five over, and Aaron Pike had a 75 to check out on nine over.

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