Last Updated: July 12, 2013 9:17pm
Ernie Els: Open champion misses Scottish Open cut
Ernie Els was not too concerned after missing the cut in the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.
The 43-year-old South African will have the weekend off after a second round of 70 left him two under par, 10 shots behind leader Chris Doak and two outside the cut mark.
Els can now concentrate on the defence of his Open title, with the third major of the year starting at Muirfield on Thursday.
"I thought I played quite well today but I had no idea on these greens so I am glad I am leaving to get on some other greens," said Els who mixed five birdies with three bogeys on another day of low scoring in perfect conditions on the banks of the Moray Firth.
"A missed cut is not great but we have had a great time here. I did not get the run of the course, it felt like it was against me, but I am playing nicely and gave myself a lot of opportunities.
"My game is where I want it to be. It did not quite go my way these last two days and I made a couple of silly errors, soft bogeys, yesterday. It's not the first cut I've missed and it won't be the last."
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