Jason Day implodes in train-wreck finish at British Open
JASON Day has suffered an epic back-nine meltdown to miss the British Open halfway cut for the first time in his stellar career.
A dejected Day emerged from the scorers' hut in no mood to explain how he collapsed from four-under par through 12 holes of his second round to two over barely an hour later.
Australia's former world No.1 had surged into the top 10 with two quick birdies after the turn before totally imploding with four bogeys and a double bogey during a diabolical five-hole stretch from the 13th tee to 17th green.
Despite being resigned to his fate, Day had to wait more than five hours before receiving official confirmation he wouldn't feature on the weekend. His three-over 74 meant he missed the cut by a shot.
Last seen in animated discussion with new caddie Steve Williams, Day capitulated in stunning fashion.
Looking rock solid, he'd only had one bogey in first 30 holes around the Northern Irish links course.
Sadly, though, for a player once regarded as the best grinder in major championship golf, the train-wreck finish wasn't unfamiliar.
Aussies at the British Open
- 136: Cameron Smith 70-66 (T5)
- Missed cut 144: Jason Day 70-74 (T74) 147: Jake McLeod 76-71 (T107) 150: Marc Leishman 78-72 (T135) 151: Adam Scott 78-73 (T139) 155: Dimi Papadatos 83-72 (T153)
The 2015 US PGA champion suffered a similar mental fade-out at Royal Birkdale two years ago when he leaked five shots in the last three holes of his second round.
That year, Day returned the following day and apologised for behaving like a spoilt brat - having charged back up the leaderboard with a third-round 65.
Day, though, wasn't Australia's only major champion and former world No.1 to miss the cut, with Adam Scott also booking an early flight home.
Scott was doomed after opening with a 78 and finished at nine over for the championship after his 73.
He last missed weekend participation at The Open a decade ago.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods said he couldn't wait to get away after missing the halfway cut.
The Masters winner followed his first-round 78 with a battling 70 to finish on six-over-par.
"I just want some time off just to get away from it," said Woods, who had four birdies in his round but three bogeys, including at the last two holes.
"I had a long trip to Thailand and then trying to get ready for this event, to play this event, it's been a lot of travel, a lot of time in the air, a lot of moving around and different hotels and everything.
"I just want to go home."