The season’s final major lost some huge names to the cut including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.
Woods had not teed it up since the U.S. Open and following a missed cut at The Open Championship, he will now take another extended break to get ready for the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Following an opening round 78, the 15-time major winner fired a 1-under par 70 to close out his 2019 major championship season.
“Trying to get ready for this event, to play this event, it’s been a lot of travel, a lot of time in the air, a lot of moving around and different hotels and everything. I just want to go home, ” Woods said. “I’m going to take a couple of weeks off and get ready for the playoffs. We’ve got the playoffs coming up, and anything can happen. Last year I almost stole the whole FedEx Cup at the very end.”
The FedEx Cup Playoffs get underway on Aug. 8 with The Northern Trust at Liberty National.
Add Phil Mickelson to the list of veteran big names that will be taking the weekend off in Ireland following his 8-over performance during the first two rounds at Royal Portrush.
“You know, I’m playing so bad that I really don’t know what to say,” Mickelson said on espn.com. “I’m just playing terrible golf … I thought after winning Pebble I was going to have a phenomenal year, and the last four months have been surprisingly difficult.”
Rory McIlory was one of the favorites entering the week at a course that he shot the course-record 61 on, but following an opening round 79 that began with a quadruple bogey on the first hole, he needed an epic round to make the weekend.
The four-time major winner almost pulled it off with a 65 with a huge gallery that enveloped his entire round.
His magical second round left him one shot off the cut line.
“As much as I came here at the start of the week saying I wanted to do it for me, by the end of the round I was doing it just as much for them as much as I was for me,” McIlroy said. “I wanted to be here for the weekend. Selfishly, I wanted to feel that support for two more days.”
*** Other big names taking the weekend off include U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Ian Poulter, Bryson DeChambeau and Brandt Snedeker.