Vijay Singh and the rest of his group on the 11th green Friday at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

Vijay Singh and the rest of his group on the 11th green Friday at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. (Karen Loftus/WDBJ7 / July 6, 2012)

Two of the biggest names in golf won't have a chance at winning the Greenbrier Classic.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut Thursday.

Woods, who got his third win of the season last week, missed the cut in the Greenbrier Classic by a stroke Friday, following an opening 71 with a 69 to finish at even par. He missed a cut for only the ninth time in his PGA Tour career, and for the third time in a tournament following a victory.

After winning Sunday at Congressional, Woods was on a course he'd never seen before.

"I didn't quite have it," Woods said. "I drove it really good today and I just did not have the feel for the distances. The ball was just going forever. I know we're at altitude, but I just couldn't get the ball hit pin high no matter what I did, and subsequently, I made some bogeys."

This is the first time Woods and Mickelson have missed the cut in the same tournament as professionals. Mickelson shot his second straight 71.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson topped the leaderboard at 9 under when play was suspended because of darkness in the round that was delayed because of rain.

Simpson made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th for a 4-under-66.

A dozen players were unable to complete the round.

Rookie Charlie Beljan (62), Jonathan Byrd (68), Jeff Maggert (68) and Jerry Kelly (66) also were 8 under.

Beljan had his career-best round, carding five birdies over a seven-hole stretch before making before a bogey on his final hole, the par-4 ninth. His best finish this year is a tie for 29th two week ago in Connecticut in the Travelers Championship.

"Today was the best day of my career," said Beljan, making his first visit to a PGA Tour media room. "I look forward to the weekend. I'm sure it's going to be a zoo."

Being near the top of the leaderboard certain fits Beljan's philosophy of a high-energy life. One of his goals is to be strapped to the wing of a biplane in flight. Another is to ride a motorcycle in the Isle of Man TT Race.

"I like getting my heart beating," he said. "I like the adrenaline."

Byrd has been battling illness the past three weeks.

"They always say beware of the sick golfer or the injured golfer," Byrd said. "Obviously I would rather be feeling healthier."

First-round leader Vijah Singh shot 74 to drop six strokes back.


Play was suspended for about an hour during Thursday's second round of the Greenbrier Classic, but it didn't stop one player from shooting up the leaderboard.

Charlie Beljan birdied holes 1, 2, 3, and 5 on his way to an 8-under on Friday, to take a share of the lead with Jonathan Byrd. Beljan shot even-par Thursday.

Byrd fired a 68 Friday morning.

Vijay Singh, who led after Thursday's first round, is off to a shaky start. Through his first nine holes he's at 3-over for the day.

It was another rough day for Phil Mickelson, who shot a 71 for the second straight day. Mickelson, who is at 2-over-par, is in danger of missing the cut. Mickelson also missed the cut last year, which was his first year playing in the tournament.

The projected cut is at 1-under right now, and Tiger Woods needs to make up ground in order to secure a spot for Saturday. Through eight holes, Woods is at even par to put him at 1-over for the tournament. Woods birdied the seventh hole and shot par on No. 8 before play was stopped.

On Friday, Byrd recovered after bogeying three of four holes -- 8, 10, and 11. He finished his round by birdieing 15 and 18.

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