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A lot of favorites won’t be around for the Open weekend

Shane Bacon
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While we all knew Tiger Woods wasn't going to be at the British Open this week, we sure didn't expect to see so many big names miss out on making the cut and slamming their trunks this early. Both world number one and world number two missed the cut for the first time in a major this decade, but they weren't the only ones.

Sure, some familiar names were safe just behind leaders Darren Clarke and 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover at -4, and reigning PGA and Masters champions Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel are -3 and -2, respectively. Everybody's newfound golf love, Rory McIlroy, sits at even par, while Phil Mickelson is at -1. But as for some other well-known folk? It hasn't gone quite so well.

Check out some of the other top-ranked players in the world that weren't able to get in the money this week.

Luke Donald -- World Ranking: 1 -- The man a lot of people had on their very short list to win this week (me included) was 1-under after nine holes on Thursday, but played his final 27 holes 7-over, including four bogeys over his last four holes on Friday to miss the cut by three.

Lee Westwood -- 2 -- If it wasn't the man above that a lot of people liked, it was Westwood, who was coming into the Open Championship on form and ready to take home the Claret Jug (finally). But he couldn't do it, missing his first cut in this event since '05.

Matt Kuchar -- 7 -- The Kuch had a top-10 at the Scottish Open the week before Royal St. George's, and looked like he'd be a great pick for anyone who likes consistency, but the American missed his first cut since May 2010, finishing 11-over after two days.

Graeme McDowell -- 9 -- The 2010 U.S. Open champion made a double-bogey on his first hole on Thursday, bounced back to post a great 2-under 68, and looked like one of the few big guns on a peculiar leaderboard. But McDowell shot 77 during some good conditions on Friday to miss the cut.

Nick Watney -- 10 -- At one point during the first round, Watney was 6-over, but closing birdies on 16 and 17 on Thursday, followed by a front nine 32 on Friday had him back to 1-over and well within the weekend cut. But Watney couldn't hold it together, making three bogeys and a double on the way in to catch an early flight back to the States.

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