Harrington collapse leads to MC at PGA

Padraig Harrington of Ireland chips up to the 16th green during the first round of the PGA Championship.

Padraig Harrington of Ireland chips up to the 16th green during the first round of the PGA Championship.


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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – It took a good while, but they’ve finally trimmed back the field here at the 92nd PGA Championship.

From a field of 156 we are down to 72 players for the final two rounds. As always, the list of those leaving early includes some notable names, but most stunning this time around was Padraig Harrington.

Continuing to make mistakes in a fashion you wouldn’t expect for a three-time major winner, Harrington battled back from an opening 75 and was level par when he got to the 18th hole Saturday morning. After he split the fairway, he had a 5 iron in from an elevated fairway, which is when the inxplicable happened.

He hit it fat.

A 16-handicapper could commiserate, but this was stunning.

“Very disappointing. One of those things, I suppose,” Harrington said to assembled reporters who watched the heartache unfold.

Harrington had to take a drop when his second shot came up short and in a hazard. He called in a rules official and took turns looking at a possible drop left and right of hazard. Finally, he dropped and hit his fourth shot to about 12 feet behind the hole. However, he couldn’t negotiate the right-to-left putt.

It’s the third cut Harrington has missed in a major championship this year and he knows his Ryder Cup chances will hinge on whether or not Colin Montgomerie offers him a captain’s pick.

But the Irishman put all of that behind him. What he focused on was not the 18th hole, but the fact that “I should have been 3 or 4 or 5 under at the last hole,” not level par and sweating things out.

A few groups earlier, Geoff Ogilvy had missed the cut in equally stunning fashion.

Having made four consecutive birdies to get to 1-over, which was the number, Ogilvy appeared poised to make the cut in a major for the first time this summer. But he made triple-bogey at the par 3 17th and bogeyed 18 to leave early, as he had done at the British Open and U.S. Open.

Also missing the cut were British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, two-time PGA Tour winner this year Justin Rose, Mike Weir, Boo Weekley, and Kenny Perry.

Michael Sim and John Merrick also missed the cut, each following a 70 with a 76, and Thongchai Jaide backed up a 70 with a 77 to miss the cut.

Soren Kjeldsen bogeyed his 36th hole, the par 4 ninth, to top the list of those missing a cut in a major for the first time this year. Sean O’Hair did likewise, as did Lucas Glover, Sergio Garcia, and Ricky Barnes.

All of that means that 12 players made the cut in all four majors this year – Retief Goosen, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Robert Karlsson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker, Camilo Villegas, Nick Watney, and Tiger Woods.

Villegas’ PGA Tour-best streak of consecutive cuts made in the majors reached 11.

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