LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There are still two rounds to be played before the book can be closed on the 2014 major championship season, but one thing can definitively be said: Thirteen players can lay claim to having made the cut in each of the four stops.
Talk about cream rising to the top; three of those names – Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jim Furyk – are sitting atop the leaderboard at the 96th PGA Championship, and another, Rickie Fowler is in a share of fourth.
The others who made the cut here to complete a four-for-four sweep in 2014 are Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen in a share of ninth; Bill Haas (T-17); Adam Scott and Jimmy Walker (T-26); Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Stadler (T-38); and Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose (T-53).
For Scott, it’s a Tour-best 14th consecutive cut in the major championships. He hasn’t missed since the 2011 U.S. Open, notable for being the tournament when he joined forces with caddie Steve Williams.
Steve Stricker (69-68) did run his streak of cuts made to 18, but he has missed two Open Championships in that period. He hasn’t failed to make a cut when starting a major since the 2009 PGA at Hazeltine.
When the cut fell at 1-over 143, 74 players had advanced to weekend play, perhaps most notably 51-year-old Colin Montgomerie. Having qualified by winning the Senior PGA Championship earlier this summer, Montgomerie had missed the cut in five of his final six starts before stepping away from regular competition.
Other notables who made the cut included:
- Graeme McDowell, whose birdie at the 17th hole got him in on the number.
- Masters champ Bubba Watson, who had missed cuts at the U.S. Open and Open Championship.
- Kentucky native Kenny Perry, 53, who lost in a playoff for the PGA Championship at Valhalla in 1996.
- Geoff Ogilvy, who had only qualified for this major last Sunday when he won the Barracuda Championship.
- Vijay Singh, who joins Montgomerie and Perry to give the weekend field three seniors.
Of course, the cut has two sides to it and the list of those who missed included notables other than Tiger Woods. To wit:
- Keegan Bradley, sitting 11th in the Ryder Cup standings needed a strong week to possibly earn an automatic pick. Instead he shot 74-72 and will need to rely upon a captain’s pick.
- U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer bogeyed 11, doubled 14 and missed the cut by one. He’s missed the cut in three of four tries in the PGA since winning in 2010.
- Jordan Spieth made just one birdie, shot 77, and missed his first major cut of the season. He’s 0-for-2 in the PGA, however.
- Those sitting 14th to 19th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings – Chris Kirk, Webb Simpson, Harris English, Kevin Na, Matt Every, and Erik Compton – are all unlikely to earn the nod from U.S. captain Tom Watson.
- The captain, Watson, made 31 pars, which qualifies as rock-solid. Unfortunately, he made only one birdie and missed by two.
- Former champion Padraig Harrington made three bogeys on his back nine to miss by one.
- Roberto Castro (73-73) earned a dubious distinction – missed-cuts in all four major championships.
- All 20 club professionals missed the cut. Ryan Helminen of Neenan, Wisc., came closest, as his birdie on his last hole, the par-4 ninth, left him one outside the number.