It’s time to spend the weekend in Memphis for the first playoff event of the 2021-22 campaign, however, as many of the biggest names in golf have blasted the box of their rental cars (or let’s be honest, courtesy cars) and went home early.
While The underdog thrive in moisture, will be the FedEx St. Jude without many advantages over the weekend at TPC Southwind.
Rory McIlroy looked rusty, while Scotty Scheffler couldn’t get anything going on the greens.
Tony Finau, the hottest player on Earth at the moment, continues his dominance and once again approaches the top of the leaderboard. He fired on Friday 68, his 11th straight run of 68 or better.
Here are six notable names who missed the cut, which came in second place, in the opening game.
Scotty Scheffler (1 under)
USA’s Scottie Scheffler plays his shot from a seventh tee during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude at TPC Southwind on August 12, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
The best player in the world couldn’t get ahead with the flat stick, firing rounds of 71-70 and losing 20 feet last Friday afternoon which would have led him to the right side of the cut-off line. He is still well positioned to enter the week in Atlanta at the top of the FEC standings despite the absence of the weekend.
Rory McIlroy (1 under)
Rory McIlroy hits out of fairway during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude on Friday, August 12, 2022, at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
McIlroy took a few weeks off after failing in the 150th Open Championship, untouched by the club as he spent time with family in the London area. Well, a little rust appeared in Memphis.
The Northern Irish were third in the championship with seven holes to play on Friday, but made two ghosts, one of them in the ninth (the last), and missed the weekend by one.
He entered week six in the FedEx Cup standings and is now predicted to be eighth. MCILroy came last at the Valero Texas Open (he finished second in the Masters the following week).
Billy Horschel (1 under)
Billy Horschel of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude at TPC Southwind on August 12, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Billy Horschel opened with a 68 on Thursday, but the second round 1 on 71 pushed him to the wrong side of the cut-off line. Four bogeys and a double were hard to beat on Friday for Florida Gator. It is expected to fall to 22nd in the FEC standings (from 18th).
Jason Day (1 under)
Jason Day of Australia watches his shot on the second hole during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude at TPC Southwind on August 11, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
With eight holes in the second round, day 1 was less than today, 6 less for the championship and showed no signs of slowing down. He then sent the Ghost at numbers 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 (starting his run in the back), which sent the Aussie down the board, eventually landing on the wrong side of the cut-off line. Day entered the week outside the top 100 in the FEC standings so his season in Memphis approached.
Webb Simpson (3 more)
Webb Simpson practices at TPC Southwind Driving Range on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, two days before the start of the FedEx St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.
Webb Simpson struggled with injuries earlier this year, and because of that, he never started in the right direction in the FedEx Cup standings. He entered the week at 122nd, and he won’t be making a trip to Delaware next week for the BMW Championship thanks to Rounds 71-72 in Memphis.
Jordan Spieth (4 more)
Jordan Spieth hits out of the waterway during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Jordan Spieth’s final start came at the 150th Open, where he snatched the Top 10, and like McIlroy showed signs of rust in the season’s first playoff event.
After posting an equal 70 in the opening round, the Stealth made him at Nos 8, 9 and 12 and doubled at Level 3 14 on Friday behind the eight ball and eventually signed for a day – 2 4 – over 74.
It is expected to drop three places in the FEC ranking to 18th.
Justin Rose (6 up)
Justin Rose’s reaction was to get his ball into the water during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Golf Championship. Mandatory credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
Justin Rose entered the week at number 94 in the FEC rankings. With this weekend gone, the Premier League season is over as the top 70 players move into the BMW Championship next week. Rounds from 71-75 weren’t good enough to get it done as two stealths and a double on his back at 9 on Friday were the nails in his coffin.