Series of former Open champions miss cut as Royal Birkdale proves to be...

Series of former Open champions miss cut as Royal Birkdale proves to be no course for old men

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With 30mph gusts giving way to the type of downpours usually associated with a biblical curse, you would have thought that experience would have been key to conquering the conditions on Friday. Yet as the cut came down on five of the past ten champions, Royal Birkdale proved to be no course for old men.

Padraig Harrington, the last winner of the Open here in 2008, Darren Clarke, Stuart Cink and Louis Oosthuizen all fell by the wayside but the highest profile casualty was the 2013 champion Phil Mickelson. A year after finishing runner up to Henrik Stenson in the single most memorable climax to an Open Championship, “Lefty” was well fancied to go one better here. The 47-year-old himself…



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