PERTH, Australia -- Retief Goosen, U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and Colin Montgomerie all missed the cut Friday as South Korea's K.J. Choi took a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Johnnie Walker Classic.
A triple bogey on the fifth hole knocked Campbell out of
contention, while Montgomerie five-shotted four holes in a
nightmare stretch from 11-14.
It was the second straight missed cut for Montgomerie, who
failed to get the needed eagle on the par-five 18th to make the
weekend rounds. Last week, Montgomerie exited early from the Dubai
Goosen missed his first European Tour cut since 2003. He
finished at par, but the cut was set at 2-under.
Choi shot a near flawless 6-under 66 to add to his first-round
of 65 and lead the $2.1 million event at the Vines Resort and
"In my first two events this year, my putting was bad," Choi
said. "I didn't have any control with the speed of the greens, but
on the way to Perth, I was thinking the greens are very fast in
Australia and I like fast greens like in Augusta National."
"It was pretty tough," Stadler said. "The greens are getting fast and pretty hard."
Scott, who is looking for his first win on home soil, slipped
four shots off the pace after a 71. He had 34 putts Friday,
compared to 27 in the first round.
"There was nothing wrong with my game," Scott said. "I just
didn't make enough putts to push on the way I'd hoped. The main
thing is I'm still in a pretty good position and just need to hole
a few tomorrow to get myself right in contention."
Robert Allenby remained on track for a fourth straight title in
his home country, sitting 7-under after shooting a 68.
Fellow Australian Gary Simpson shot a course record 9-under 63
to make the cut, seven shots behind Choi.
Simpson had eight birdies and an eagle, but bogeyed the par-4
12th. He is still seven strokes behind after shooting a 75 on