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British Open 2015 projected cut: Tiger Woods, John Daly in danger of going home early

Three legendary former champions at the British Open are in danger of going back to the States early.

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A three-hour rain delay on Friday morning ensured that the cut at the 2015 Open Championship will not be made on schedule, so that's one way Tiger Woods will get to see the weekend at St. Andrews.

Woods is the biggest name on the wrong side of the cut line, staring down another second round where he'll have to grind and go low just to get a crack at 36 more holes. Tiger may get the unfortunate side of the weather on Friday as well, with winds expected to start gusting even harder to upwards of 50 mph. The rain is expected to hold off, but it was so heavy this morning that the early players were able to dodge it because it made the course unplayable.

Tiger is 4-over after shooting the worst St. Andrews round of his professional career on Thursday, a 76 in ideal scoring conditions. It was a complete step back from any progress he thought he'd made two weeks ago at the Greenbrier. Everything was poor -- he stubbed his tee shots, his irons and approach shots were horrendous and he missed several short putts. So Tiger will need more than a miracle with the weather and his swing in its current form, or else he'll miss consecutive major championship cuts for the first time in his career. He won't finish up until Saturday morning because of that rain delay earlier.

Another former champion at St. Andrews is also in danger of going home early, but he had a much better start on Thursday. It's always a high-wire act with John Daly, and after playing his first 10 holes in 4-under and climbing the leaderboard, the 1995 Open winner regressed and finished his first 36 holes at 1-over. That's just below the fluctuating cut line, which is currently at even-par.

Tom Watson is another decorated Open champion, the modern master of this championship. This will be his final appearance in the British Open and it appears it will end on Friday afternoon. Watson started the day 4-over with an emotional standing ovation on the first tee. He dropped another shot right away to go in the wrong direction to 5-over. Watson will need a mid-60s round that his 69-year-old body and the afternoon weather probably will not permit.

The conditions are toughening for the second half of the field so the cut line may eventually drop a shot or two. Daly would be the primary beneficiary there because he's already in the clubhouse at 1-over, while Watson and Woods will have to play through it. In addition to those three former champions, here's the rest of the field hovering around the cut line.

Place Player Score Thru
T67 Rickie Fowler E 17
T67 Alexander Levy E 9
T67 Bubba Watson E 2
T67 Matt Kuchar E 17
T67 Rikard Karlberg E 12
T67 Jim Furyk E 16
T67 Hideki Matsuyama E 12:48 PM
T67 John Senden E 1:21 PM
T67 David Duval E 1:32 PM
T67 Eddie Pepperell E 1:54 PM
T67 Ryan Fox E 2:27 PM
T67 Thomas Aiken E F
T67 Ben Martin E F
T67 Rafael Cabrera Bello E F
T67 Jason Dufner E F
T67 Bernd Wiesberger E F
T67 Mark O'Meara E F
T67 Bernhard Langer E F
T67 Marcus Fraser E 12
T67 Russell Knox E 10
PROJECTED CUT LINE
T88 Graeme McDowell 1 4
T88 Ollie Schniederjans 1 4
T88 Pelle Edberg 1 13
T88 Darren Clarke 1 1
T88 Matteo Manassero 1 1
T88 Marcel Siem 1 F
T88 Pablo Larrazabal 1 F
T88 John Daly 1 F
T88 Tommy Fleetwood 1 F
T88 Shane Lowry 1 6
T88 Brandt Snedeker 1 3
T88 J.B. Holmes 1 3
T88 Shinji Tomimura 1 3
T88 Todd Hamilton 1 10
T102 Ian Poulter 2 2
T102 Mark Young 2 13
T102 Ben Curtis 2 1:32 PM
T102 David Hearn 2 1:54 PM
T102 Scott Hend 2 2:27 PM
T102 Jonathan Moore 2 2:27 PM
T102 Jonas Blixt 2 F
T102 Hiroyuki Fujita 2 F
T102 Joost Luiten 2 8
T102 Stephen Gallacher 2 F
T102 Byeong-Hun An 2 7
T102 Brian Harman 2 9
T102 Victor Dubuisson 2 5
T115 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 3 15
T115 Matt Every 3 9
T115 Daniel Berger 3 13
T115 Tom Gillis 3 13
T115 Keegan Bradley 3 F
T115 Ryan Moore 3 F
T115 Tadahiro Takayama 3 1:21 PM
T115 Mikko Ilonen 3 1:43 PM
T115 Adam Bland 3 2:16 PM
T115 Danny Lee 3 F
T115 George Coetzee 3 F
T126 Thomas Bjorn 4 11
T126 Alister Balcombe 4 12
T126 Taichi Teshima 4 12
T126 Romain Wattel 4 14
T126 Tiger Woods 4 1:10 PM
T126 Raphael Jacquelin 4 1:54 PM
T126 Daniel Brooks 4 2:16 PM
T126 Jaco Van Zyl 4 F
T126 Soren Kjeldsen 4 F
T126 Miguel Jimenez 4 F
T126 Yuta Ikeda 4 F
T126 James Hahn 4 10
T126 Tom Lehman 4 F
T139 Koumei Oda 5 15
T139 Charley Hoffman 5 7
T139 Robert Dinwiddie 5 12
T139 Tom Watson 5 4
T139 Gary Boyd 5 2:16 PM
T139 Morgan Hoffmann 5 F
T139 Hiroshi Iwata 5 F
T139 Bill Haas 5 F
T147 Kevin Streelman 6 6
T147 Edoardo Molinari 6 14
T147 Scott Strange 6 12
T147 WC Liang 6 F
T147 Gunn Yang 6 F
T147 Justin Leonard 6 F
153 Rod Pampling 9 11
154 Nick Faldo 10 17
T155 Ben Taylor 11 13
T155 Mark Calcavecchia 11 F

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