Lefty to miss PGA Champ. cut, 2nd of season

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

CHARLOTTE - For the second straight year but just the third time in his Hall of Fame career, Phil Mickelson has missed two cuts in the same season at the major championships.

It's the first time since 1995, or 22 years, since he's missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

The five-time major winner, who captured the 2005 PGA Championship, shot a 74 on Friday at Quail Hollow, but his fate was set when he shot 79 in the first round without making a birdie.

"I am obviously not scoring well, and I hit the ball in every bad spot,'' Mickelson said after finishing 36 holes at 153, 11-over par and well outside the projected cut line.

Mickelson, 47, missed the cut last month at The Open after skipping the U.S. Open due to his daughter's graduation. He had only once missed two cuts at majors in the same year before 2016 -- at the U.S. Open and Open in 2007.

Other prominent players projected to miss the cut were Justin Rose (+6), Luke Donald (+7), defending champion Jimmy Walker (+8) and Jim Furyk (+10).

Last year, Mickelson missed the cut at the Masters and U.S. Open before playing one of the most remarkable tournaments of his life at The Open, where he shot an opening-round 63 and lost a Sunday duel to Henrik Stenson -- finishing 11 strokes ahead of the third-place finisher.


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