EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland (WRCB) -- Steven Fox enjoyed a few memorable moments on the front nine Friday at Muirfield, but the former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga star couldn't find similar magic down the closing stretch.
Fox shot an 8-over 79 in round two of The Open Championship and will miss the cut by several strokes at +15 overall through the first 36 holes. The reigning US Amateur champ had a roller-coaster second day with two birdies, six bogeys and two double-bogeys to go along with eight pars.
Miguel Angel Cabrera leads at -3, while Tiger Woods is in a group of four players tied for second just one shot back.
Fox opened bogey-birdie in the first two holes before adding a bogey at No. 4 and another birdie at No. 6 to play the first seven holes at even par. The Hendersonville native made the turn at 2-over for the day after back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9, then made it three straight with a bogey at No. 10 to open the back.
Fox held firm with three straight pars to stay in the hunt to make the cut at +10 overall through 13 holes (cut-line was at +8) but played his final five holes at 5-over with double-bogyes on Nos. 14 and 17 and a bogey on No. 18.
Despite the struggles, Fox remained positive about the experience and optimistic about his future on his Twitter page.
"Well that went differently than planned," Fox wrote Friday evening from Scotland. "Thanks (to the British Open) for everything this week! I'll see you next year!"
Fox earned an exemption into the event by winning last year's US Amateur at Cherry Hills. He also played in the Masters and the U.S. Open, as well as five PGA Tour events, as a reward for his national title. Unfortunately, Fox missed the cut in all eight professional events.
However, he was far from the only player to struggle on Muirfield's historic layout.
Big names like last month's U.S. Open champ Justin Rose (+10), Jim Furyk (+10), Luke Donald (+10), Tom Watson (+11), Vijay Singh (+12), Rickie Fowler (+12) and Rory McIlroy (+12) were also among those who finished in double figures to miss the cut.