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Kiradech suffers unkind cut

Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat believes he has turned the corner of his lacklustre season despite missing the halfway cut at the British Open for the second straight year.

Two late bogeys in his round of 75 (after Thursday's 72) at Royal Liverpool proved costly for the reigning Asian Tour No. 1 as he agonisingly missed the weekend play by one shot. The second-round guillotine fell at two-over 146.

The burly Kiradech lamented once more on his erratic short game but took solace in the fact that his ball-striking was nearly back to its best following a season to remember in 2013 when he won once and posted five other top-fives.

After early bogeys, he fought back with birdies on five and eight but dropped four more shots in a seven-hole stretch to miss the mark.

"I missed a few short putts, missed a one-footer on the third hole which I've never missed from that distance in my life.

"I managed to come back with a few birdies but I couldn't birdie 16 and 18 (both par-fives). I tried my best. Hit the ball quite well and solid but I just couldn't sink my putts," said Kiradech.

"Making the cut in a major championship is important. But I think I've got my confidence back as I'm starting to hit the ball well again."

Another Asian star who bowed out after a second 75 was India's Anirban Lahiri.

The Asian Tour Order of Merit leader contemplated pulling out before the second round after struggling to shake off the effects of viral fever, which has lingered since the start of the week.

"I would have pulled out if this was a normal tour event," said a dejected Lahiri, who was making his second appearance in the British Open. He was joint-31st in his debut in 2012.

"I'm feeling terrible. Bad fever and body ache all day... I thought about pulling out for a long time but my manager and the family that I'm staying with had a chat with me and I'm glad that I played."

Lee Westwood, who led by two strokes going into the final round of last year's British Open, was one of several other high-profile victims.

The former world No. 1 missed out by a stroke, having carded a 76 for 147.

Korean star KJ Choi also suffered a similar fate with two bogeys in his last five holes proving decisive as he also settled for a disappointing 75 which left him one shot too many.

Former champions Padraig Harrington, Justin Leonard, Ernie Els and Paul Lawrie also failed to qualify for the weekend. US Masters winner Bubba Watson, 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson, European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez also missed the cut. - Wire Services.