Fowler’s flub ends his majors cut streak
August 07, 2020
By Sean Martin , PGATOUR.COM
- Rickie Fowler hasn't missed a cut in a major since 2016. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler was 6 inches from making another cut in a major championship.
Fowler shot 1-under 69 on Friday, but missed his first cut in a major since the 2016 U.S. Open. A flubbed tap-in was the difference.
He tried to one-hand a 6-inch bogey putt on the par-4 sixth hole, his 15th of the day, but his putter struck the ground first and barely nicked the ball. It rolled an inch.
Fowler finished the hole with a double-bogey and made another bogey two holes later. He posted 2-over 142 for the first two rounds at TPC Harding Park.
The PGA Championship’s cut fell at 1 over par. Every player who advanced to the weekend will be within nine shots of 36-hole leader Haotong Li.
FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Justin Thomas, who won last week's World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, made the cut on the number, as did Jordan Spieth. Spieth, who shot 68 on Friday, needs a win in the PGA Championship to complete the career Grand Slam. Other players who finished 1 over include Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.
Fowler had made the cut in 14 consecutive majors. He entered the week ranked 79th in the FedExCup.
Other players who finished at 2 over par include Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman and Henrik Stenson.
Richy Werenski, winner of last week’s Barracuda Championship, finished at 3 over par, while International Presidents Cup Team members Sungjae Im, C.T. Pan and Joaquin Niemann all shot 4 over. Sergio Garcia finished at 6 over.
Former major champions Zach Johnson and Martin Kaymer missed the cut despite shooting 66 in the first round. Johnson shot 76 on Friday while Kaymer shot 82.