Justin Rose can never remember double-hitting a chip in his career, but that all changed on Friday behind the 12th green when Rose felt the ball hit the club at least twice and ultimately recorded a double-bogey on the difficult par 3, although writing down a 4, as everyone watching believed he had recorded.
So when Rose made a birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole to all watching it seemed like the 2010 Memorial champion had made the cut on the number, but it was not to be and Rose signed for a 72 instead of a 71, missing his first cut at Muirfield Village since 2011.
“No controversy,” Rose said. “I had them look at the tape anyways, it’s such a weird alien feeling. I knew I could double hit it.”
While Rose didn’t come to Muirfield Village thinking he would be fighting to make the cut he was surprised that the cut line had moved from 1 over after the first round to even after the second round.
Now that Rose won’t be sticking around for the weekend, Rose is headed off to Pinehurst to map out a strategy to defend his U.S. Open title.
“I’m feel a bit over golfed right now,” Rose said. “I’m actually in a way not disappointed (about missing the cut). I’d loved to have played and contended here and got some really good feelings under my belt. (But) finishing 30th is no good to me at this point running into the U.S. Open.”