GULLANE, Scotland - Graham DeLaet started the day in the back half of the field, and he hovered around the eventual cut line as he approached the 12th hole.
Seven holes later, the Meridian resident and former Boise State golfer is working for the weekend. Three birdies in a four-hole span propelled him to a 2-under 33 on the back nine, and he comfortably made the cut at 6-over for the championship after shooting a 1-over 72.
"Lots of work to do this weekend but glad that I'll be playing," DeLaet tweeted Friday night. "Didn't look like it for the first 27 holes."
A 20-hole birdie drought ended on the par-4 12th, and DeLaet made it back-to-back on the par-3 13th. He bogeyed 14, then rebounded with another birdie on 15. He moved up 43 spots into a tie for 49th place.
DeLaet is paired with defending Open champion Ernie Els and a 3:35 a.m. MDT tee time Saturday.