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Jeev's Major streak ends

Jeev Milkha Singh, playing his first British Open, missed the cut for the first time in a Major in his career.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Carnoustie
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2007 01:42 PM IST

Jeev Milkha Singh's brave fight at the tough Carnoustie Golf Club came to an end, as he missed the cut for the first time in a Major in his career.

Jeev, playing his first British Open made a big improvement on his opening round score with a 73 on the second day, but it was just not enough to keep him for the weekend at the season's third Major.

Jeev ended with rounds of 77 and 73 for an eight-over 150, that left him way beyond the cut line of four-over 146. Leading stars including Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie, Henrik Stenson, Davis Love III, Stuart Appleby were some of the other big shots to miss the cut.

The field was led by Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who added an even par 71 to his first round 65 and led by two shots.

The star for Asia was KJ Choi, who shot a second successive 69, at the sole second spot with four-under 138.

Jeev's exit marked the end of a proud streak that had seen him make the cut in each of his four previous visits to the Majors, including his year's Masters and the US Open.

Jeev, last year's Asian Tour UBS Order of Merit champion, put up a brave fight, shooting four birdies but his card also had four bogeys and one double bogey.

"I couldn't get the putts to go in and there was no momentum. I made a lot of birdies. I tried and I was aggressive but I couldn't get it into the hole at the right time. I'm a bit disappointed about my Major run."

"Normally I'm pretty good but I think the British Open took it away from me. It was good experience, the first time for me here and I look forward to a lot more," said Jeev.

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