Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Players Championship notebook: Jordan Spieth misses cut

PONTE VEDRA BEACH — A four-week break did not cure Jordan Spieth's Masters hangover. It prolonged it.

For two rounds at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Spieth still was not himself four weeks removed from a final-round collapse at Augusta National that cost him a second straight green jacket.

Spieth could not overcome a rusty game and a testy demeanor, missing the cut by a stroke. He finished his weather-delayed second round Saturday morning with 1-under 71 that left him at 1-under 143.

More than anything, Spieth's putter betrayed him. Spieth, who rode his putter to wins at the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, finished 122nd in the 144-player field in strokes gained putting. He needed 59 putts. Playing partner and 36-hole leader Jason Day needed 48 and bested Spieth by 14 strokes. "If I putt anywhere up to the standard I normally putt … I'm 6 or 7 under," Spieth said. "I just had a couple of days where I just kind of lost a little control of it."

Spieth said he also lost control of his emotions at times. "In the off days, I just need to do a little better job of being positive … and smiling a bit more, having a bit more fun," he said. "And it's tough when you're getting shellacked by 15 shots in the same group, you know?"

'EPIC FAIL:' Russell Knox arrived at the famous par-3 17th hole with the island green 8 under and on the fringe of contention in Round 3. The Scot then hit three balls in the water en route to sextuple-bogey 9, tied for the fourth-highest score on the hole.

"I guess I don't know what to say," said Knox, 30, who attended nearby Jacksonville University. "I mean, that was an epic fail."

After his third ball from the tee hit the water, Knox headed to the drop zone, from where he finally found the green before holing "an awesome putt for a 9."

"It's just difficult. You're so nervous. You've got thousands of people laughing at you," he said. "It's a very uncomfortable feeling." Knox finished with 80, which put him at 1 under.

Rory dazed: After finishing his round of 75, Rory McIlroy joined the chorus of players questioning the course setup and conditions. He was among the many who struggled on the slick greens, taking 37 putts. He fell from the fringe of contention to 5 under for the tournament. "I mean, it's like a U.S. Open out there. I can't really describe it any other way," he said. "That was borderline unfair on a few holes."

Irish LEGEND dies: Christy O'Connor Sr., an Irish golfer who played on 10 straight Ryder Cup teams and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Saturday at 91. No other information was available. Mr. O'Connor, whose career spanned four decades and who was known as "Himself" because of the way he embraced life, won 24 times on the European tour. He held the record for Ryder Cup appearances until Nick Faldo surpassed him in 1997.

The Golf Channel contributed to this report.

All wet

Highest scores on par-3 17th, the Island Hole, at the Players Championship:

No. Player Year Round

12 Bob Tway 2005 3rd

11 Robert Gamez 1990 3rd

10 Phil Blackmar 1990 2nd

9 Russell Knox 2016 3rd

9Angel Cabrera2012 1st

9 Roger Maltbie 1990 2nd

9 Rex Caldwell 1983 2nd

Source: NBC

Players Championship notebook: Jordan Spieth misses cut 05/14/16 [Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

    Bucs

    ORLANDO — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

    Bucs  wide receiver Mike Evans runs a route as Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. defends during the first quarter of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in January at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Erasmo Ramirez makes his third start of the season.
  3. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC

    Bucs

    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  4. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  5. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot

    Blogs

    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.