By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Phil Mickelson bogeyed two of his final three holes during Friday's second round to drop below the cut line, leaving the 2007 PLAYERS Championship winner on the sidelines for the weekend.
Mickelson shot a 1-over 73 on Friday, which put him at 1 over for the tournament and one shot outside the cut line, which came in at even par for the third consecutive year.
Mickelson had entered this week with a TOUR-best 11 consecutive cuts at THE PLAYERS. Sergio Garcia, the 36-hole leader at 11 under, has made his last 10 cuts at TPC Sawgrass and is the new active cuts leader at this tournament.
A total of 77 players made the cut. That's the most since 2009, when 83 players made the cut.
Among those who missed the cut was Billy Horschel, who entered this week leading the PGA TOUR in active consecutive cuts with 23 but finished at 3 over.
"It sucks that I missed the cut here," Horschel said. "I should have made the cut. I can go back and look at my holes and the mistakes I made were just simple mistakes.
"Obviously, I didn't make enough birdies to offset them like I have in the past. So it is what it is. Two weeks off now and we'll be ready to go back for Memorial."
The new active cuts leader on TOUR is Jimmy Walker, who made his 22nd consecutive cut. Walker is at 1 under after shooting a 71.
Other notables who failed to reach the weekend include: local residents Jim Fuyrk and Vijay Singh, both at 1 over; Rickie Fowler, also at 1 over; and Ian Poulter, Nick Watney, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Ernie Els at 2 over.
Davis Love III is at 2 under and made the cut for the 19th time at THE PLAYERS. That ties him with Nick Price for the fourth most in tournament history.
Brian Davis made the biggest rally on Friday. After opening with an 6-over 78 that included three double bogeys, he bounced back with a second-round 66. He birdied four consecutive holes to start his back nine, then birdied his final hole to finish at even par and right on the cut line.