Fred Funk did not make the cut in the 86th PGA Championship on Friday after playing his first two rounds in 2-over-par 146.
Now he'll have to wait to learn whether he will be a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Funk entered the weekend No. 8 on the points list after his second-place finish in Milwaukee two weeks ago. With the top 10 in points making the team automatically, Funk would like to think he has all but made his first Cup team at the age of 47. But he also knows strange things can happen to bump him out.
"I can't be real confident about it until they finish playing Sunday night," he said after his second-round 72 -- 146, a shot off the cut of 1-over 145. "It would take some weird things to get me out, but it's mathematically possible. And if it's mathematically possible, anything can happen."
Funk entered the week with 596.959 points. Number 9 Steve Flesch had 530.937 and No. 10 Jay Haas had 525.917. Flesch also missed the cut and can't pass Funk, but Haas, after shooting 72 -- 140 is very much in the mix to contend on the weekend, and with double points awarded because this is a major championship, he could overtake Funk with a top-10 finish.
Number 11 Jerry Kelly may have been the most disappointed man on the property. A Wisconsin native, Kelly had rounds of 76 and 77 and missed the cut, losing any chance to get into the top 10. Kelly could still be a captain's choice selection from Hal Sutton, saying: "He knows if you put me head-to-head against somebody, I'm going to give 1,000 percent, forget 110 percent. I'm going to give everything I have and more."
No. 14 Scott Verplank also is in contention and would need a top-six finish to pass Funk, trailing him now by 95 points. Sixth place is worth 100 points. And in 15th place, Chris DiMarco, 112 points behind Funk, would need a fifth-place finish, worth 120 points, to pass Funk as well.
David Duval played the first 10 holes of the tournament in 1 under par, then played the next 26 in 15 over in only his third event of the 2004 season. The last man to hold the game's No. 1 ranking before Tiger Woods took it over following the 1999 PGA Championship, Duval still looks a long way from being a competitive player after taking most of the season off following his January marriage.
"I'm pretty disappointed," Duval said as he headed to the clubhouse. "I don't really want to go through [Friday's round]. It would have been nice if somebody had been out there [to watch] to go through it."
Going Against Style
Scott Hoch has never been shy about his disdain for British Open, links style golf, and has not had a particularly good time here this week on a course designed to emulate those conditions. He shot 76 in the first round and withdrew after 12 holes Friday with an injury, but still offered praise for players who were able to post decent scores this week.
"There's no way I could shoot the scores these guys are shooting," Hoch said. "This is why I don't go to the British. It doesn't fit my eye. I can't play these courses. It's a beautiful course, very fair. I think it's the best course on the British Open rotation, to tell you the truth."