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Mickelson misses cut after his late collapse

The Baltimore Sun

Bethesda -- Now that Phil Mickelson has missed the cut in his second straight tournament, maybe Tiger Woods can find a job for his suddenly friendly rival for the weekend in the AT&T; National at Congressional Country Club.

After shooting a 3-over-par 73 for a two-round total of 7-over 147, Mickelson sounded as if he'd like a job working in public relations.

"This has been a fun few days for our family," said Mickelson, who also missed the cut in last month's U.S. Open at Oakmont. "I love the fact that we have a tournament here being hosted by Tiger and [that] is making a huge impact on the community, huge impact on the military. I just love being a part of it."

Despite being hindered by the left wrist he sprained before the Open, Mickelson seemed to be staying in the tournament for the weekend when he came to the par-5 16th hole at 3-over.

But his wild drive wound up next to a fence, and he was forced to take a drop. His approach to the green then hit a tree and kicked down under a golf cart. He then two-putted for double bogey and followed it with a double bogey on 18 after hitting into a pond to miss the cut by three strokes.

"It happens," Mickelson said. "Guys have won majors after missing the cut. This year, I missed the cut and ended up winning [at Pebble Beach] the next week. You can't find it overnight."

Mickelson said he plans to play in the Scottish Open and then the British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, later this month. He will be going over there without his 2-iron. He switched out a hybrid club for the 2-iron yesterday, hoping to use it in Scotland.

"I used it off the fourth hole today and hit in the rough and made my first bogey of the day," Mickelson said. "Then it was a perfect hybrid for 16 and I tried to hit the 2-iron and ended up making double. So that 2-iron is not going to make the lineup for Carnoustie. It's out."

Funk flops

After being one stroke off the lead going into yesterday at 3-under, former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk barely made the cut. Funk shot a 7-over 77 to end up right on the cut line.

Funk started on the back nine with two straight bogeys but really fell apart on the front nine, playing the fourth through seventh holes 5-over, including a double bogey on the par-3 seventh.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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