Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan made the cut, but barely, at The Open Championship after an up-and-down two-over-par 72 on Friday put him at three-over after two rounds at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes in Lancashire, England.
The Asian Tour's reigning Order of Merit champion was at three-over 143 after 36 holes in his first Major, just above the cut line.
The 34-year-old Bacolod native had to wait long before learning he will make the weekend play, landing in joint 68th. It was nervous wait after a three-putt miscue that led to a second straight bogey on the finishing hole at Royal Lytham and St. Annes on Friday.
“I wanted to make a par there to finish at two-over but I made a three-putt. My first putt was too strong. I thought it was going to be a bit slow as it was uphill and then a bit down. But my ball passed the hill and then just rolled down. It wasn’t slow,” he told asiantour.com.
His second putt from 10 feet kissed the edge of the cup.
American Brandt Snedeker took the lead after a 64 moved him to 10-under 130, just a stroke better than Adam Scott, who had a 67 after an opening 64.
Tiger Woods was in solo third after a second-straight 67.
Pagunsan, who mixed six bogeys with four birdies, said he did not have a feel with his hands when he teed off in the second flight of the day and made bogeys in three of his first seven holes.
“This morning it was really bad. That’s why I made a few bogeys. My hands couldn’t feel the club. It was really hard. It got better on eight. I was happy with the round. At the start, my body was freezing but I was so happy with the way I played after that. If it was warmer, I could have had a chance," he said.
He moved back to one-over for the day, and two-over for the tournament, with a birdie on the 17th hole but promptly gave the stroke back at the last.
“I just kept playing, didn’t really know what the cut mark was. Hopefully I can make it but it will depend on the scores later today. It will be a good experience if I can play in the weekend. It’s been a good experience, first time in a big event. I really appreciate the invitation into a Major event.”