What a distinction per week makes – a bogey at the final at Colonial Country Club despatched freshly minted PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson residence as the most notable casualty of the 36-hole cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mickelson made a particular emphasis on focusing and slowing down his routine final week at the 103rd PGA and it labored wonders. He could have been working on a low battery this week after exhausting all his energies to get to the home and maintain off Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen and win his sixth main title at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.
When Mickelson, who turned the oldest man to win a serious at age 50, was requested to explain his disappointing opening-round 73 on Thursday, he stated, “Yeah, I didn’t play well. I shot 3-over. But I won the PGA, so…”
Laughter ensued. He didn’t go down with out a battle on Friday. Despite an opening-hole bogey, Mickelson rebounded to make three birdies in a four-hole stretch starting at No. 6 and was again to even par for the match after a 10-foot birdie at 15. He was a stroke inside the cut line, however then he bogeyed 16. He managed a par at 17 and hit his tee shot into the fairway at 18. But his strategy from 139 yards discovered the left inexperienced facet bunker and he did not stand up and down.
“I love this tournament and I’m sad I will not be here for two more days,” Mickelson stated.
Instead, he can head residence and recharge the batteries and beforehand stated he plans to spend the subsequent two weeks prepping for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Seventy-five golfers in all made the cut at 1-over 141, with Matt Kuchar and Abraham Ancer amongst those that straddled the proper facet of the cutline. Joining Mickelson on the fallacious facet of the line had been a number of notables, together with a bunch of European Ryder Cup stars of current classic and American hopefuls Patrick Reed and Scottie Scheffler.
Lee Westwood reacts to his putt on the third inexperienced throughout the ultimate spherical of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
The Englishman has cooled off since his back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players in March, missing his third cut in his final seven begins and hasn’t recorded a top-20 end in a stroke-play occasion since Players. After a T-71 end at the PGA Championship, Westwood mixed a poor ball placing week (dropping practically two strokes tee-to-green) and poor efficiency round and on the greens (2 for 7 scrambling on Thursday and misplaced greater than 2 strokes placing). That mixture is a sure-fire ticket to a brief week.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – MAY 28: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his tee shot on the sixth gap throughout the second spherical of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on May 28, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson snapped a streak of 4 straight made cuts in a row (72-73—145). His Strokes Gained: Approach the Green was a dismal -3.511 on Friday and he misplaced strokes on the inexperienced each rounds. The former British Open champ seemed to be turning the nook with some steadier play, however this was a step backwards and suggests there’s extra fine-tuning to be accomplished.
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland appears to be like on throughout the first spherical of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course on November 15, 2019 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Northern Irishman missed his third straight cut (excluding crew occasions) and has just one top-10 end this yr. There’s not a lot good to report right here in capturing a pair of 74s. But G-Mac can be engaged on his quick sport after getting up and down simply 4 of 15 occasions and dropping greater than 4 strokes to the subject on the greens. He additionally did not qualify for the U.S. Open on Monday. In quick, not a superb week on the hyperlinks.
Scottie Scheffler reacts to his shot from the 18th tee throughout the first spherical of The Masters golf match at Augusta National GC. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Texan Scottie Scheffler was cruising alongside at 2 beneath in his opening spherical when he doubled the par-5 eleventh and all of it fell other than there. He stumbled residence in 70 and adopted up with a 73. Four bogeys on his first 9 on Friday did him in. Scheffler had performed the weekend in his final seven begins, and 10 of his final 12. He was the definition of drive for present, putt for dough: he ranked eighth in SG: Off-the-tee however 107th in SG: Putting, dropping practically three strokes to subject and particularly dreadful on Friday. He’ll attempt to get again on the horse subsequent week at the Memorial.
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 21: Patrick Reed of the United States performs his shot from the fifteenth tee throughout the second spherical of the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course on May 21, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Patrick Reed missed simply his fourth cut in 15 begins this season. He acquired off to a good sufficient begin with a 68 on Thursday, however made six bogeys on Friday, together with two of the final 5 holes, to shoot 4-over 74 and acquired despatched packing. His approach-to-the-green sport and a chilly putter did him in. Reed is again in motion subsequent week at the Memorial.