TULSA, Okla. ( Associated Press) — Scotty Scheffler arrived in the Southern Hills with a green jacket in his wardrobe, ranking No. 1 with his name and the rest of the field pointing to him as the favorite to win the PGA Championship.
The Masters champions went home on Friday for 75 runs, finished on 6 overs and missed the cut.
Scheffler was not alone on a glorious day in Oklahoma, where harsh winds made it difficult to score early, which led to calm afternoon weather, which allowed Bubba Watson to match the PGA record with a round of 63. was allowed.
Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson scored 73 for the second time in a row and missed the cut. Former Masters champion Adam Scott never recovered from his opening 77 of 77 and went home early. That’s how PGA Tour Player of the Year reigned Patrick Kentley, who rarely found a fairway from the tee and followed his opening 76 with a similarly disappointing 75.
“It was very fair. Definitely not setup or anything like that,” Scheffler said after his opening round, when he still thought he could bounce back and fight for his fifth win of the season “The golf course is very challenging. But the system was fair. The greens were good. The condition of the fair is good. The golf course is in very good condition.”
It was still a beast.
Tiger Woods, who started with 74, found himself bouncing above the projected cut line when he chased down a birdie in the par-3 11th with a double-bogie on the 10th. But despite a pain in his right leg from a car accident that ended his career nearly 15 months ago, Woods scored 69 in two birdies and screamed over the weekend.
“You can’t win the tournament if you miss the cut,” he said. “I’ve won tournaments—not major championships, but I’ve won tournaments—at cut numbers. There’s a reason you work hard and you’re able to give yourself a chance on the weekends. You never know when you’re hot can be.”
Woods was one of the major winners who barely made the cut.
Colin Morikawa, the 2020 PGA Champion and the current British Open champion, finished at number one for a second consecutive 72 despite finishing with a bogey. Last year’s Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama also posted back-to-back 72s, while Webb Simpson, Louis Osthuizen and Charl Schwartzel joined him in 4 overs for the championship.
However, Scheffler was the biggest surprise.
He entered Southern Hills as the hottest player in the world by winning the Phoenix Open in February, winning Bay Hill and match play. And after Scheffler’s win at Augusta – and a silly four-putt on the 72nd hole – he shot four rounds in the 60s to finish 15th at Byron Nelson last week.
He wasn’t quite that quick on Thursday, shooting for 71 runs, giving him a lot of missed opportunities. But they crossed nine in a row to start their second round, hoping they could make a charge on the leaderboard.
Instead, Scheffler went the other way.
He bogeyed the first two holes at the front and then played the last five in 6 overs after a birdie on the fourth. He went into the bunker in fifth place and bogeyed, missed another eight feet in seventh place, then double bogeyed with three putts in ninth and finished with a disappointing end to his PGA Championship.
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