Phil Mickelson had an unlucky draw that left him more prone to weather effects than those with an earlier start.
But his birdie to close out his Friday round saved him from being cut heading into the weekend.
As the winds picked up, those at even and one-over par were saved as the elements sent scores plummeting. Players like Steve Stricker, Scott Verplank, Colin Montgomery and Stewart Cink will live to play another day.
Others were not as fortunate, as they found probably found themselves cursing St. Andrews, the weather, their tee time or a host of other excuses for why they did not make the cut.
Seeing Louis Oosthuizen atop the leaderboard is certainly a surprise heading into the weekend, but here are ten guys who surprised for all the wrong reasons at this year’s British Open Championship.