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Spieth, Clark and Cantlay miss cut at the Memorial presented by Workday

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    Written by Staff, PGATOUR.COM

    Muirfield Village is putting up a fight at the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, providing the tough conditions that host Jack Nicklaus loves.

    Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose are among the big names who have succumbed to the challenge. They will miss the cut after struggling over the first two rounds.

    The Memorial Tournament presented by Workday is one of three Signature Events that features a 36-hole cut. As at Tiger Woods’ Genesis Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, this week’s field is cut to the low 50 and ties and any other players within 10 strokes of the lead after two rounds.

    Fowler shot 76-82 this week, while Rose shot 80-73. They were well outside the cut line, which fell at 4 over par.

    Other players who will not advance to the weekend include 2024 winners Chris Kirk (78-74), Davis Riley (75-76), Matthieu Pavon (77-75), Jake Knapp (78-72), Stephan Jaeger (75-75), Chris Gotterup (73-76) and Wyndham Clark (77-72), who will defend his U.S. Open title next week. Clark bogeyed the 18th hole to miss the cut by one. He also had a double-bogey on the par-5 15th. It is his second consecutive missed cut and third in his past five starts.

    Jordan Spieth also was among those who missed the cut by one. He shot 74-75, including a birdie on 18. Spieth is 53rd in the FedExCup.

    Patrick Cantlay, the 2019 and '21 Memorial champion, shot 75-76 to miss his first cut since last year's Genesis Scottish Open.

    Players who made the cut on the number include Justin Thomas (71-77), Muirfield Village member Jason Day (73-75) and Auburn freshman Jackson Koivun (72-76), who won this year's Jack Nicklaus Award as the top player in college golf. Koivun made birdies on 14 and 15 that allowed him to make the cut despite a three-putt from 15 feet on the 18th green. Thomas holed a 26-foot par putt on 18 to make the cut on the number.

    Rose and Fowler finished first and second, respectively, at the 2010 Memorial. It was Rose’s first PGA TOUR victory, and Fowler’s runner-up was part of his Rookie of the Year campaign. They have had plenty of success at Muirfield Village in the ensuing years but that did not continue this week.

    Fowler also was runner-up in the 2017 Memorial and had finished in the top 15 in five of his last seven appearances here. Rose has finished in the top 10 in half of his 14 appearances at Muirfield Village before this week.

    Fowler was 8-over par on his first seven holes Friday, making double bogeys on the par-4 second hole and the front nine’s two par 5s, Nos. 5 and 7. He made the turn in 9-over 45 and added a bogey at No. 10. Four consecutive pars preceded back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15 and 16, but he bogeyed his final two holes.

    Fowler, who ended a four-year winless drought at last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, is 108th in the FedExCup standings with just one top-25 in 2024.

    Rose made just one birdie Thursday and closed his round with a triple-bogey 7 at the final hole. He bogeyed his final two holes Friday, playing Nos. 17 and 18 in a combined 6 over par.

    Rose, the 2018 FedExCup champion, finished sixth at last month’s PGA Championship and entered this week ranked 69th in the FedExCup. The top 70 after the Wyndham Championship concludes Aug. 11 will qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.

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