It looks like Masters champion Scottie Scheffler will miss the 2022 PGA Championship cut after a stuttering performance.
After a disappointing first round on Thursday – which included a rare display of frustration from a usually unflappable Scheffler – the world No. 1 entered Friday’s second round above par, six strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.
And surely aiming to move up the rankings, Scheffler showed some of his grit and grind, clearly not playing his best but managing to par nine in a row on his first nine holes at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
However, it was on the back nine that things started to turn pear-shaped for arguably the fittest golfer in the world.
Consecutive bogeys on the first and second holes – his 10th and 11th – meant the 25-year-old was still playing catch-up; but it only got worse from there.
A birdie on his 13th gave Scheffler hope, just two bogeys in the next three holes to really cement a scorching afternoon in Tulsa for Scheffler.
And just when things looked like they couldn’t get any worse, he got the last nightmarish hole.
On the par-four ninth hole, his tee shot landed in a bunker to the right of the fairway, and the resulting bunker shot landed just left of the green.
His chip shot was a little under-hit, landing just off the edge of the green and giving him a 15-foot putt for par.
Needing to hole him to have an outside shot to play on the weekend, Scheffler’s putt rolled just left of the hole, leaving him with a tricky putt to save a bogey.
And it just wasn’t Scheffler’s day, as the bogey putt once again missed the holeshot, as he tapped for a double bogey, completing his back nine in 40 shots.
Scheffler finished with a five-for-75 and six-over for the tournament. With the planned reduction to four, unless there is a considerable run of high scores, Scheffler will not play Saturday and Sunday.
It’s the first time this year that Scheffler has carded consecutive rounds over par.
According to golf statistics expert Justin RaySince the introduction of the world ranking system in 1986, the world No. 1 has only missed the PGA Championship cut twice: Seve Ballesteros in 1986 and Dustin Johnson in 2021.
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