Darren Clarke will miss the cut at The Open Championship in heartbreaking fashion after a calamitous end to his second round at Royal Portrush.
The 50-year-old was cruising through to the weekend at level par standing on the tee on his 36th hole.
After having played so steadily for so long, making two birdies and two bogeys in his first 17 holes on Friday, things were to unravel in spectacular fashion.
Finding the bunker off the tee, it was still no disaster. He knew he could afford a bogey and still be assured of his place inside the top 70 and ties.
However, when his first attempt to leave the sand was not successful, it left him sweating.
He did manage to chop out his third shot and got his fourth onto the green.
It was a long way away, around 30 feet, the trouble was deciding whether to go for it or cosy it up, take a two putt and hope the cut-mark moved out to two over par.
In the end, he did neither, leaving his attempt a good four feet short.
And then, crushingly, the short putt drifted right.
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He was in no trouble at the tee, but a triple-bogey leaves him at +3 and it is looking like the cut will be made at +2. â
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That meant, in the clubhouse at three over par, he was in a tie for 86th and needing a complete miracle to make the cut.