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Golf’s hottest rivalry not too long ago has cooled considerably.
Missing cups at the Masters will.
Neither Bryson DeChambeau nor Brooks Koepka will stay for the weekend at Augusta National after falling outside the cut line 4 of 148 on Friday.
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Koepka fired 75 straight shots to finish at 6, while DeChambeau and his ailing left wrist posted a jarring 8 of 80 in the second round and his score soared to 12 of 156 to fire it early for the first time. in six appearances under the pines of Georgia.
Too bad for ignoring the recommendation to stay home this time to give his wrist more rest. DeChambeau opted to play even with the wrist at what he said was 80%.
When the 28-year-old offered the observation as the tournament approached, he had no idea the number would match his tally on Friday, his worst in any major tournament of his career.
The problem was not the power. DeChambeau averaged 312.5 yards per drive, third best of 89.
That’s where those tee shots landed that was the problem.
He only hit 14 of 28 fairways (50%) and 17 of 36 greens (47%). A solid but unspectacular putting wasn’t enough to make up the difference.
Eighteen months ago, DeChambeau caused a stir when he said he considered Augusta National a par 67 because of its prodigious length and accessible par 5s. It has only reached that number one in 10 times since and hasn’t come close in 2022.
After going through a 4 over on Thursday, things didn’t improve overnight. His card Friday included a double bogey at the par-4 10th that started with a tee shot that sailed through the trees to the left side of the fairway and left him screaming “Oh no!”
The player who took a trip through Amen Corner while hitting tennis balls and throwing Frisbees with comedy sports troupe ‘Dude Perfect’ last month looked much more uncomfortable playing with a golf club in hands. He bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes and added another double bogey on the par-4 17th when his approach sailed over the green and bounced off a mound and ran into trouble.
At least DeChambeau can blame a still uncertain wrist. This is not the case with Koepka.
Six months after easily beating DeChambeau in a made-for-TV event last fall in an effort to monetize their contempt for each other, Koepke has suffered another swing in a wildly uneven season that now includes a tied for third at the Phoenix Open, tied for fifth at Match Play and six missed cuts.
Perhaps equally troubling, Koepka is moving in the wrong direction in the first major of the year. After finishing in the top 12 in three consecutive appearances from 2018 to 2020 – including a runner-up finish to Tiger Woods in 2019 – Koepka has now missed the cut in each of the past two springs.
Koepka’s second round included just one birdie and four bogeys, including errors at 16 and 18 that cost him a chance to stay.
DeChambeau and Koepka aren’t the only great champions to fizzle out in the cool spring breeze.
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion, missed the cut at the event for the first time since making his debut in 2014.
Just as he did in the final round in 2016, Spieth dunked the ball at Rae’s Creek off the 12th hole twice Friday en route to a triple bogey. Any chance of playing on Saturday was gone with a double bogey on the par-4 18th thanks to a wayward tee shot that found a fairway bunker and an approach that hit in the opposite direction after landing on the green and backing into the fairway .
Spieth shot 4 of 76 on Friday, his worst in 33 rounds at the Masters, and missed the cut by two with a two-day total of 6 of 150.
Xander Schauffele became the only top-10 player in the world golf rankings not to qualify for the weekend after a 5-of-77 took him to 7-of-151, marking only the third time in 19 majors that he missed the cut.
Louis Oosthuizen’s 15-game major cup streak, the longest active streak in men’s golf, came to a halt when he withdrew before the second round due to a neck injury a day after the tournament. opening of the tournament with a 4 out of 76.
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