Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell’s planned Friday night on the beer with some friends was brought to an abrupt halt by a phone call from his caddie telling him he was still playing in The Open.
The 36-year-old was four-over for his 36 holes and admitted after his round “if three-over makes it I’ll probably have to shoot myself” after a bogey on the par-three 17th.
So with an early Saturday flight booked for a return to his Florida home McDowell planned his night out and then went for a post-round nap, which was interrupted by his bagman Ken Comboy.
“I didn’t realise I had even made the cut until 7.30 last night,” said the 2010 US Open winner.
“I woke up to my phone ringing. It was my caddie on the phone. He said ‘Wake up, we’re T-69.’ I said ‘Wise up. There’s no shot’.
“I was taking a nap to go out for a bit of dinner and a few pints with the boys to get on a flight to Orlando this morning at half-nine.
It’s probably the most unexpected cut I’ve ever made for sure. I didn’t think three-over had a chance never mind four but obviously this weather had the last word yesterday.”
McDowell went out at 9.35am and shot 72 to be five-over for the tournament.