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Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington among those missing 36-hole cut at British Open

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Phil Mickelson of the US plays his shot off the 9th tee box as Ernie Els of South Africa starts to walk along the fairway during the second day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Friday July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) (The Associated Press)

Masters champion Bubba Watson and a handful of former British Open winners including Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington were among those missing the cut Friday at Royal Liverpool.

Watson finished his morning round Friday well before the cut of 2-over 146 was determined. But he figured his 4-over total after rounds of 76 and 72 would not see him playing the weekend, saying "I can't wait to get back to see my wife and child."

Els, the 2002 and 2012 champion, lost any realistic chance of making the cut when he shot 79 Thursday. He said he was shaken up after injuring a spectator with an errant tee shot on the first and making a triple-bogey 7.

The South African shot 73 Friday and missed the cut by six strokes.