Goosen, Campbell, Montgomerie miss cut

Updated: February 10, 2006, 12:55 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Desert Classic.

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 Country Club.

"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."

H e has a two-stroke lead over American Kevin Stadler, who shared the overnight lead with Australian Adam Scott.

"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 Thursday.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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