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Mark O'Meara said he just couldn't get anything going on Friday. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)

O'Meara blog: I should've made the cut this week

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In his final blog entry, Mark O'Meara rues the poor putting that ruined his chances to playing the weekend. He's playing the Senior British Open at Troon next week, though, so he'll stick around and put in some extra work on the greens.

Editor's note: Mark O'Meara, who capped a career year in 1998 at Royal Birkdale when he added the Open Championship to his Masters title, did a daily blog for PGATOUR.COM this week. This is his final installment.

It was great to be back here this week. I wish I could have made the cut, of course, but I couldn't get anything going today and shot 77. I didn't hit the ball that badly, to be honest with you. I'd be the first to admit it if I had. I putted terribly, though. That birdie putt at the 18th hole was the longest one I made all week. I three-putted three times out there today, which really hurts.

When I missed the green, I'd chip it 5 feet and miss the putt. So it was frustrating because I didn't play as badly as my score would indicate. I just putted so badly and chipped so poorly - and you can't do that at an Open Championship. So it was disappointing to not have done better, but it wasn't from lack of trying.

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The greens are quite a bit slower from all the rain we've had the last couple of days and I never really adjusted to it. If you don't make any putts, and your speed's off on the greens, you're in trouble. I just didn't have much confidence with my putter. I made the one at No. 18 but really that's all I made in two days. But that's OK. I tried. That birdie was a nice way to finish, particularly with the crowds there, but I really should have made the cut. There's no reason why I shouldn't have. If someone else have been putting for me, I bet I would've.

The back nine really did me in today. It started out OK, though. I hit a good tee shot on No. 10 and knocked it on the green. I had a 20-footer for birdie but I left it 10 feet short. That's something my son would do, not something I do. So I made a bogey there, then three-putted 11, bogeyed 12 from just off the green and bogeyed 13 from the edge of the green.

Then I hit a bad drive at No. 16 and made another bogey, and I doubled the 17th when my drive kicked off the fairway left. It could've kicked right - it's not that it was that bad a drive - but it went left and ended up in a bush. So those are the kind of things that are frustrating. But I've struggled before. It's not like this is the first time.

I'm playing next week at the Senior British Open, so I'll be sticking around here at Birkdale and trying to practice a little bit over the weekend. You can bet I'll be putting some time in on the putting green so hopefully I can do a little better at Royal Troon next week. My game hasn't been that great so it's hard to have any expectations right now.

Sometimes I hit some good shots and play somewhat decent and other times I hit some not so good shots and play kind of crappy. So who knows what will happen. I've got no excuses, though. I wish I did. Hopefully next week I'll hit better shots and putt better and get in the hunt.

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