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Jon Rahm fails to make the cut at the PGA Championship

Jesus Carames

May 18, 2024 | 8:00 a.m.

The historically low cut line led to the early exits of some of golf's biggest names at the PGA Championship on Friday. Among the most notable is Jon Rahm, whose impressive record of 18 consecutive major cuts came to an end.

Jon Rahm, who had not missed a cut in a major since the 2019 PGA Championship, finished with a 72-over-par XNUMX during the second round on the soggy Valhalla course. This left him with a par total, one stroke shy of the projected cut line at one under par. This cut line is the lowest in PGA Championship history and only the third time in major history that the cut line has been in the red.

Since 2019, Rahm has captured two majors, the US Open in 2021 and the Masters in 2023, establishing himself as one of the best players in the world. However, his form has noticeably declined since he made a $500 million move to LIV Golf in December. At the Augusta Masters he finished a distant 45th, failing to break par in any round.

Phil Mickelson, another great figure in golf, also failed to improve his poor performance in the first round and also said goodbye early to Kentucky. Mickelson, winner of two PGA Championships, finished four strokes over par.

Ludvig Aberg, who was briefly tied with world No. 12 Scottie Scheffler at the Masters, wasn't as sharp after swapping the pines of Georgia for the bluegrass of Kentucky. Aberg finished in par after two rounds, his chance to play on the weekend likely ruined by a double bogey on the XNUMXth hole.

Other notable players who left Valhalla early include defending US Open champion Wyndham Clark (four over par), Tiger Woods, Matt Fitzpatrick, Sepp Straka, A y Sam burns. Woods posted his 77th consecutive round of par or worse in a major with a six-over XNUMX on Friday.

Michael Block, who wowed everyone with his underdog story last year by finishing 15th at Oak Hill, couldn't replicate the same magic this time around. A two-over-par 73 left him with a seven-over-par total for the tournament, sending him back to Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, where he is the head professional.

A complicated cut and hope for some

Meanwhile, some of the 21 club professionals in the field could stay. Jeremy Wells (two under par) and Braden Shattuck (one under par) are already insured, and Kyle Mendoza (par) has a chance with three holes left Saturday morning after the second round was suspended due to darkness.

Shattuck had to sweat on the final holes. He made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 8th hole (his second-to-last of the day) and then holed a nervous par putt on the 9th hole to go one under par. It could be a long night for Shattuck and everyone else at one under, as there is a small chance the cut could reach two under depending on the results when players return to the course early Saturday to finish their second rounds.

This scenario poses a tense expectation for many, as the fluctuating cut line could change the fate of several competitors, increasing uncertainty and excitement in this prestigious tournament.

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