Let’s take a look at those in danger of missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Then we covered those big names who played well during their opening round. The ones who are in a good spot heading into Friday, and will look to make a charge to the top of the leaderboard.
What about those on the other side? The names that we recognize that are in danger of missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
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I’m ignoring the players that are at +1. Yes, technically they are outside the line. They are all T-68th though, and are close enough I’m not going to talk about them. I want to look at the players past that, who really need to put something together in order to make the cut.
For the ceiling that he has shown, and the play he has put together over the last year or so in some top-level events, you wouldn’t expect to see Tyrrell Hatton on this list. He is though, T-90th at +2. Three birdies are nice and show that he can score at Harding Park. Five bogeys though, that isn’t a good thing.
If not for a poor four-hole stretch, Harold Varner III may have been on the list of players that played strongly instead. A double on the sixth, with bogeys on the eighth and ninth, dropped him four strokes quite quickly, all but ruining the three birdies he had during his day. He sits with Hatton at +2.
Phil tried to get cute on the par-four 15th while nestled in some deep rough under a tree. It cost him, and a double at the hole left him +2 as well.
Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth both find themselves at +3, each having a tough stretch of their own. They’re joined by Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, all T-109th. Sergio would’ve been the name furthest down the list, but birdies on 16 and 18 got him from +5 to +3, capping off those big names who need to do some work.
Keep an eye out for the West Coast tee times, and to see if any of the players above can find their way above the cut line in round two of the PGA Championship.