Two rounds are complete at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course, and a total of 80 players will continue to play through the weekend.
The remaining 64 players weren’t so lucky, and will bid Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. farewell on Friday evening. Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were the two highest-profile players to miss the cut.
For Spieth, it marks his third missed cut of the season. It’s also Mickelson’s third — he missed last week’s cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational too, making this week the first time he’s missed two cuts in a row since the 2016 Masters and the Valero Texas Open, which were not played in back-to-back weeks.
After firing an opening round of 76, Spieth needed a red-hot day to have a hope of making up ground on Friday. He gave it a valiant effort, carding seven birdies, but he was ultimately derailed by four bogeys, and his second round of three-under-par 69 was not enough to dig him out of his first round’s hole.
Also missing out on the weekend’s play are Rafa Cabrera Bello (+9), Paul Casey (+9), Charley Hoffman (+8), Zach Johnson (+6), Charl Schwartzel (+5), Vijay Singh TK, 2009 Players champion Henrik Stenson (+1), Xander Schauffele (E), and Marc Leishman (E).