HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – This oceanfront Lowcountry region, with the famous lighthouse towering over pristine land, offers the ideal spot for players to relax after the Masters game.
Harbor Town’s connections, Southern hospitality, laid-back outdoors, beaches, cool breezes, world-class restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to cast off the line and watch the time go by on a boat leave many wishing never more to depart
Unfortunately, the 36-hole cut is added.
And with the winds whipping across Harbor Town, especially on Friday’s second lap, it wasn’t an easy walk around the tree-lined lot. And after two rounds, some of the game’s biggest names including Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Cameron Smith will miss the weekend.
The cut came to an even par of 142, with 71 players advancing into the third round.
Among those who made it were former champions Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, Stewart Cink and Brian Gay.
World No. 6 Patrick Cantlay shagged his final four holes to take the lead at 9.
Here are the ones who missed the cut.
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The former world No. 1 struggled with rounds of 72-71 against his driver and then his putter. Johnson came into RBC Heritage well, losing in the semifinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and drawing for 12th in last week’s Masters. But after dominating the 2020 season, Johnson has yet to increase his overall wins on the PGA Tour since winning the 2020 November Masters.
The Players champion, who was a shot away from the lead at last week’s Masters and had 16 holes to play, said he never got a handle on the small greens at Harbor Town and fell a shot short of the weekend to finish with rounds of 73-70.
The week’s feel-good story didn’t have a happy ending as the former amateur world No. 1, playing in a PGA Tour event for the first time in 923 days, had his chances but missed too few rounds in one fell swoop of 71-72. Hoffmann, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2017, still has two starts on his Therapeutic Use Exemption to earn full game status for the remainder of the season.
The fight for the fan favorite and former top 10 player who counts The Players Championship among his titles continues. This is the fifth missed cut this year for Fowler, who shot 76-74; His best result among his other three starts is a tie for 42nd. Fowler remains confident about the changes he’s making to his swing, which began more than two years ago.
The five-time RBC Heritage winner was in fine form after a 70 in the first round. He then started his second round with two birdies, but bogeyed six of his last 16 holes – including his last three – to go 70-75.
World No. 27, who had four top-10 finishes en route to RBC Heritage in nine starts this year, including losing in the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies matchplay to world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, missed his last hole in.
The world No. 23 had played well in his three previous starts en route to RBC Heritage and the pitch seemed to suit his style of play. But the Brit was finished off with a triple-bogey 6 on the treacherous par-3 14 after a solid 70 on the first roundth when his tee ball found the water.