Top-ranked defending champion Dustin Johnson has extra time to organize for subsequent week’s US PGA Heritage Classic than he actually needed after lacking the cut on the eighty fifth Masters.
Four-time main winner Rory McIlroy additionally failed to succeed in the weekend for less than the second time in 13 journeys to Augusta National, lacking his likelihood to finish a profession Grand Slam for an additional 12 months.
And four-time main champion Brooks Koepka, who battled to play after proper knee surgical procedure a month in the past, wasn’t among the many 54 who reached the weekend on the 12 months’s first main championship.
“I worked my ass off just to get here and then to play like this is pretty disappointing,” Koepka stated.
Johnson and Koepka every cited placing woes as their cause for being executed, though Koepka will get weekend bodily remedy and Johnson should put the inexperienced jacket on the shoulders of the brand new Masters champion in a Sunday ceremony.
“Mostly just the putter. Six three-putts in two rounds, you just can’t do that,” Johnson stated.
“Didn’t drive it great but drove it good enough, and I felt like I never was really too bad out of position. Just the three-putts killed me.
“I simply did not putt very properly. My pace was terrible. I simply left it brief from 10 ft there on the final gap. I simply did not have a very good beat on the pace the final two days.(*1*)Any time you are engaged on issues together with your swing, it’ll really feel very completely different, but it surely’s not as if I have never executed this stuff earlier than,” McIlroy said.
“It’s such as you get into these unhealthy habits and that feels regular, and you then get it again into place the place I’ve been 1,000,000 occasions earlier than and it simply feels a bit completely different.”
Koepka placing woes have been main as properly.
“Putter was ice chilly. Didn’t make any putts,” he said. “I do not wish to say the pace was off, perhaps the reads a bit bit. Maybe the beginning line. A variety of them felt like good putts, and they weren’t even hitting the opening.
“They felt good coming off the face, but they didn’t even sniff it.”
Koepka was happy he had the stamina to stroll 18 holes at hilly Augusta.
“Downhill was tough,” Koepka stated. “I don’t feel as sore as I did yesterday, so I feel better. It’s nice to know I can walk 18.”
Koepka will play in subsequent month’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island however wasn’t certain if he would play a US PGA occasion earlier than the subsequent main event.
“Tough to say,” he stated. “Just for how it feels, how rehab goes and everything. I wouldn’t have been playing for another month if it wasn’t (Masters) week. So I’ll take a nice long break after this.”