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Lowry exits despite 'going from Hulk Hogan to Ben Hogan'

Golf - British Open - Ireland's Shane Lowry reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 11th green during the second round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 15/07/2016. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Golf - British Open - Ireland's Shane Lowry reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 11th green during the second round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 15/07/2016. REUTERS/Paul Childs

By Tony Jimenez

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - World number 14 Louis Oosthuizen, 17th-ranked Hideki Matsuyama and number 27 Shane Lowry were among the high-profile victims of the halfway cut at the British Open on Friday.

Former champions Ernie Els, Justin Leonard, Todd Hamilton, Mark Calcavecchia, John Daly and Ben Curtis also failed to make the weekend.

South African Oosthuizen, who won golf's oldest major at St Andrews in 2010 and recorded a hole-in-one at the short 14th on Thursday, crashed to a 12-over 83 in the second round.

Lowry did his best, in the driving rain and 20mph winds, to get his challenge back on track after a sorry opening 78 but a 71 was not enough.

"I played great," the Irishman told reporters. "I was like (wrestler) Hulk Hogan yesterday and (golfing great) Ben Hogan today."

The cut was made at four-over 146, a score that was also too good for U.S. trio Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy, Britons Paul Casey and Matt Fitzpatrick, Dutchman Joost Luiten, Victor Dubuisson of France, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and New Zealander Danny Lee.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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