The Open Championship projected cut: Bubba Watson, Ernie Els may be headed home early

The course is playing tough in the afternoon and the cut line could still move, but Bubba Watson is among the players currently in danger of missing the cut.

Update: Watson heads home, Tiger barely makes cut

The afternoon wave is taking its turn at Royal Liverpool and depending on how the late groups fare, a couple big names may take an early exit from the 2014 British Open. Bubba Watson is among the players who could be set for a short stay in England as he'll need help to make the cut.

Birdies are becoming more rare as the second round goes on, but the cut line remains at 2-over. There are currently 76 players at 2-under or better, leaving the possibility that the cut line will move at least a stroke. Royal Liverpool is playing more difficult on Friday than it did on Thursday and only getting firmer as the round progresses. It wouldn't necessarily be a surprise to see the cut line move to 3-over and even 4-over is a possibility depending on how things go.

Watson is among the players currently on the wrong side of the cut line. The Masters champion played better on Friday than he did in the opening round, but was still unable to make up any ground. He bogeyed three of his final five holes, including No. 18 to drop to 4-over for the tournament. That final bogey may prove to be costly if the cut line settles at 3-over. Watson missed the cut at the U.S. Open and could be headed for back-to-back missed cuts in majors following his win at Augusta.

Lee Westwood is just on the edge of the cut line at 3-over. He'll need some of the players still on the course to falter if he's going to be around for the weekend. Two-time British Open champion Ernie Els is among the players headed home early. He followed an opening round 79 with a 73, but will miss the cut at 8-over. Patrick Reed, Jonas Blixt and Billy Horschel are among the names currently on the wrong side of the cut line.

Jason Day, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker haven't played well thus far, but all three are at 2-over and are likely safe for the weekend. Tiger Woods started the day well clear of the cut at 3-under, but he's moving closer to a potential early exit. Woods is 3-over on his round and even-par for the tournament through five holes. If the struggles continue, he may be in danger of missing the weekend.

Here is a look at current leaderboard:

Place

Player

Score

Thru

T1

George Coetzee

-5

F

T1

Brooks Koepka

-5

11

T1

Sergio Garcia

-5

6

T1

Rory McIlroy

-5

3

T5

Matteo Manassero

-4

9

T5

Jim Furyk

-4

7

T5

Rickie Fowler

-4

6

T8

Yoshinobu Tsukada

-3

11:06 AM

T8

Adam Scott

-3

F

T8

Robert Karlsson

-3

15

T8

Francesco Molinari

-3

9

T8

Hideki Matsuyama

-3

3

T8

Louis Oosthuizen

-3

2

T8

Stephen Gallacher

-3

1

T8

Dustin Johnson

-3

3

T16

David Hearn

-2

1

T16

Kristoffer Broberg

-2

10:44 AM

T16

Bill Haas

-2

F

T16

Justin Rose

-2

F

T16

Marc Leishman

-2

12

T16

Branden Grace

-2

10

T16

Ryan Moore

-2

9

T16

Darren Clarke

-2

7

T16

Charl Schwartzel

-2

4

T25

Thomas Bjorn

-1

8

T25

Marc Warren

-1

10:33 AM

T25

Shane Lowry

-1

F

T25

Ben Martin

-1

12

T25

Edoardo Molinari

-1

11

T25

Hunter Mahan

-1

1

T31

Jimmy Walker

E

3

T31

Brian Harman

E

10:55 AM

T31

Rhein Gibson

E

10:55 AM

T31

D.A. Points

E

F

T31

Gary Woodland

E

F

T31

Thongchai Jaidee

E

F

T31

Phil Mickelson

E

F

T31

Jason Dufner

E

F

T31

Keegan Bradley

E

F

T31

Chris Rodgers

E

15

T31

Byeong-Hun An

E

15

T31

Matt Jones

E

13

T31

Thorbjorn Olesen

E

9

T31

Tiger Woods

E

5

T31

K.J. Choi

E

3

T31

Henrik Stenson

E

5

T47

Jordan Spieth

1

3

T47

Oscar Floren

1

11:06 AM

T47

Kevin Stadler

1

F

T47

Chris Kirk

1

F

T47

Martin Kaymer

1

F

T47

John Senden

1

F

T47

Gregory Bourdy

1

17

T47

David Howell

1

15

T47

Koumei Oda

1

12

T47

Freddie Jacobson

1

10

T47

Tom Watson

1

7

T47

Luke Donald

1

6

T47

Ian Poulter

1

3

T47

Matt Kuchar

1

2

T61

Harris English

2

6

T61

Ryan Palmer

2

10:22 AM

T61

Jamie McLeary

2

F

T61

Charley Hoffman

2

F

T61

Kevin Streelman

2

F

T61

Brendon Todd

2

F

T61

Brandt Snedeker

2

F

T61

Jason Day

2

F

T61

Zach Johnson

2

F

T61

Kevin Na

2

F

T61

Billy Hurley III

2

16

T61

Dawie Van Der Walt

2

13

T61

Erik Compton

2

12

T61

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2

11

T61

Graeme McDowell

2

2

T61

Victor Dubuisson

2

1

Projected Cut: 2-over

T77

Paul Casey

3

6

T77

Matt Every

3

6

T77

Brett Rumford

3

10:22 AM

T77

Hyung-Tae Kim

3

10:55 AM

T77

Hiroshi Iwata

3

F

T77

Shawn Stefani

3

F

T77

Nick Watney

3

F

T77

Graham Delaet

3

F

T77

Lee Westwood

3

F

T77

Rafael Cabrera Bello

3

F

T77

Oliver Fisher

3

F

T77

Chris Wood

3

13

T77

Hyung-Sung Kim

3

12

T77

Ben Curtis

3

10

T77

Mikko Ilonen

3

9

T77

Angel Cabrera

3

4

T93

Padraig Harrington

4

4

T93

Nick Faldo

4

1

T93

Tomohiro Kondo

4

10:22 AM

T93

Juvic Pagunsan

4

10:44 AM

T93

Paul McKechnie

4

10:44 AM

T93

Brendon de Jonge

4

F

T93

Cheng Tsung Pan

4

F

T93

Danny Willett

4

F

T93

Boo Weekley

4

F

T93

Miguel Jimenez

4

F

T93

Bubba Watson

4

F

T93

Billy Horschel

4

F

T93

Ryo Ishikawa

4

F

T93

John Daly

4

F

T93

Ross Fisher

4

F

T93

Paul Dunne

4

F

T93

Ashley Chesters

4

10

T93

Todd Hamilton

4

1

T111

Peter Uihlein

5

10:33 AM

T111

Scott Stallings

5

F

T111

Yusaku Miyazato

5

F

T111

Stewart Cink

5

8

T111

George McNeill

5

F

T116

Justin Leonard

6

10

T116

John Singleton

6

10:33 AM

T116

Jonas Blixt

6

F

T116

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

6

F

T116

Tommy Fleetwood

6

F

T116

Matthew Baldwin

6

17

T116

Rhys Enoch

6

16

T116

Cameron Tringale

6

14

T116

Bernd Wiesberger

6

13

T116

Anirban Lahiri

6

12

T126

Victor Riu

7

F

T126

Y.E. Yang

7

F

T126

A-Shun Wu

7

F

T126

J.B. Holmes

7

F

T126

Jamie Donaldson

7

F

T126

Chesson Hadley

7

F

T126

Justin Walters

7

16

T126

David Duval

7

15

T126

Masanori Kobayashi

7

14

T135

Tyrrell Hatton

8

F

T135

Pablo Larrazabal

8

F

T135

Ernie Els

8

F

T135

Richard Sterne

8

F

T139

Chris Hanson

9

11:06 AM

T139

Webb Simpson

9

F

T139

Patrick Reed

9

8

T142

Brendan Steele

10

F

T142

Paul Lawrie

10

10

T142

Bradley Neil

10

9

T145

Roberto Castro

11

F

T145

Russell Henley

11

F

T145

Jin Jeong

11

17

T145

Scott Jamieson

11

15

T149

Chris Stroud

12

F

T149

Matthew Southgate

12

F

T151

Dong-Kyu Jang

13

F

T151

Joost Luiten

13

F

T151

Mark Wiebe

13

F

154

Sandy Lyle

22

F

155

Bryden Macpherson

26

F

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