Frustrated Leishman snaps putter at Open

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Marc Leishman, the most mild-mannered of fellows, has snapped his putter in half in frustration at the British Open as he looked poised to miss the cut at Royal St George's.

Leishman, who'd been one of the leading fancies to end Australia's 28-year wait to win the title, was resigned to not making it to the weekend while Jason Day will also miss out after a "disappointing" second round on Friday.

Yet it was the sight of the usually phlegmatic Leishman bending his putter until it broke after he'd missed his umpteenth makeable putt at the 10th hole that seemed to sum up all the Australian contingent's frustrations on Friday as they sought to recover from a woeful first day.

Ironically, Leishman's round improved dramatically after he was forced to start using a wedge to putt for the rest of his round and he ended up 'blading' home his three longest birdies of the week.

The Victorian's three-under par 67 was a vast improvement on his opening round 75 when he had the poorest putting statistics in the field but at two-over he was still likely to miss the projected one-over cut.

"I was probably angrier than I thought," Leishman told AAP a mite sheepishly. "Obviously, that wasn't meant to happen. It never had in my career before.

"When you play a tournament that means so much to you and you're hitting it so well, I was just very frustrated I guess," shrugged the man who reached a playoff at St Andrews in 2015.

"I thought that putt was going in and when it didn't...yeah, it was obviously a little embarrassing.

"It's frustrating when you've got a tournament that you love so much and you're hitting good enough to be contending - but the embarrassment of having to putt with a wedge for the last eight holes was enough punishment."

Former world No.1 Day was also left a picture of frustration as he shot a level-par 70 which left him at five-over and ensured he would miss the weekend.

"I holed a lot of good putts today (including three on the inward half) which helped me shoot even par," Day said. "But it's disappointing; obviously I want to play the weekend at every major. It's just unfortunate."

The 33-year-old had reckoned his form coming into the Open had been really encouraging and he still believes in his ability to get back to the top.

Yet once a wayward tee shot with his driver at the first careered into thick rough and he ended up with a double-bogey six, his chances had gone.

Elsewhere on the course, American Collin Morikawa took advantage of fairly benign, if inevitably breezy, early morning conditions, to shoot a magnificent 64 that put him three shots clear of the field at nine-under as clubhouse leader.

So the chances were there for the Australians to shoot a low one but only Australian No.1 Cameron Smith and former Masters winner Adam Scott were really making hay.

Smith, who'd been the only one of the 11 Australians to shoot under-par in the opening round with his one-under 69, had improved to three-under with a trio of birdies around the turn, while Scott, who'd begun at three-over, had fought back to even par after 14 holes.

Most of them, though, were sure to miss the weekend, including Jason Scrivener (four-over after a second round 71), Brad Kennedy (five-over after a 74) and Aaron Pike (nine-over after a 75).

Matt Jones was three-over with two to play, Min Woo Lee was making no headway, five-over after five holes, while Deyen Lawson was propping up the whole field at 15-over after 12 holes.

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