ATLANTA - Former Georgia State men's golfer Steven Tiley fired a second round 72 on Friday to miss the cut by just one stroke at British Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club. Tiley, who finished tied for 84th in the 156-golfer field, was looking to make his second cut in three appearances at the Open Championship.
With a pair of birdies on the two opening nine par 3's, the fifth-year pro appeared to be in good shape with nine holes to play. Unfortunately, bogeys at the 14th and 15th derailed a chance to play the weekend. He finished the week at 4-over par.
Tiley finished with a large group of players just one stroke off the cut, including Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Justin Rose, Mark Wilson and Y.E. Yang. The group finished ahead of the likes of Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, David Duval, Martin Kaymer, last year's champion Darren Clarke and Davis Love III.
As the afternoon progressed, the cutline bounced between 2-over and 3-over before settling on a score of 143, giving Tiley a chance heading to the finishing hole, one that he birdied in round one.
Two years ago at St. Andrews, Tiley opened with a first round 66 while playing with another former Panther, Mark Haastrup, for the first two rounds. He was among the leaders before a second round 79. He recovered on the weekend, shooting rounds of 73 and 74 which tied Colin Montgomerie for 68th place.
He gained his place in the 2012 Open Championship through Local Final Qualifying at Hillside.
Tiley played his first British Open in 2004 at Royal Troon. He became a member of the Georgia State team later that fall. After opening the 2004 championship with an even-par 71, Tiley shot a 5-over 76 in round two to finished tied for 85th, just missing the cut.
Tom Sherreard still owns the distinction of the best Georgia State finisher in a major. In 2008, Sherreard, who was entering his junior year, finished tied for 19th with Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate at the British Open.
Tiley enters play this week ranked 56th on the European Challenge Tour this season in limited appearances. Last week, he finished tied for 14th at the Credit Suisse Challenge after opening with a first round 67.