5 Key Players Who Missed the Cut at the RBC Heritage
This Thursday, the PGA Tour returned to the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage. Many players found success on the course these past few days, so much so, that the cut after day two was at -4. Naturally, with a cut so low, there are at least a few noteworthy players who missed it. Here are five key players who missed the cut at the RBC Heritage.
Patrick Reed currently sits at sixth in the world rankings and fourth in the FedEx Cup Standings, so it was a surprise to see how mediocre he was on Thursday and Friday. Reed shot -1 on Thursday and +1 on Friday to get him to even par to be cut. With a lackluster performance like that, Reed will lose some footing in the FedEx Cup Standings, as Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Daniel Berger are all in contention for the RBC Heritage and within 310 points of Reed in the FedEx Cup standings. Needless to say, Reed should be displeased with his performance.
Jason Day didn’t play too terribly on Friday, but his unremarkable performance on Thursday cost him missing the cut. Day shot even par on Thursday and tried to claw back with -2 on Friday, but ultimately came up short at the RBC Heritage. Once one of the most revered players on the PGA Tour, Day is now below 50 in the world rankings and below 90 in the FedEx Cup Standings. Day has surprisingly not made a cut since February 9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. In his past four PGA events since then, Day has missed 3 cuts and withdrawn once. Hopefully, Day can turn things around next week at the Travelers Championship.
While Rickie Fowler isn’t doing fantastic in the FedEx Cup Standings, as he barely sits inside the top 100, he is still in the top 30 in the world rankings. Fowler barely missed the cut this week at the RBC Heritage, as he finished -3 after going +1 on Friday. The real reason that Fowler is on this list is that he hadn’t missed consecutive cuts since he missed the three cuts in a row in 2016. After missing the cut last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, Fowler has achieved the same feat after missing the cut this week. While he is not in the field for the Travelers Championship next week, Fowler will try to get back to making cuts as the PGA Tour continues throughout the summer.
While many people are unfamiliar with Sungjae Im, he currently is in first place in the FedEx Cup Standings. Before the RBC Heritage, Im had only missed one cut in the entire 2020 season, which largely contributes to his success. After going +2 on Thursday, Sungjae couldn’t recover and was cut for the second time this season. With Im missing the cut, the door is open for players like Webb Simpson to overtake first in the FedEx Cup Standings.
Nick Watney has not been lighting up any courses, but his missing of the cut was far more monumental than the previous four. Watney actually withdrew after shooting +3 on Thursday because he is the first PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. For the moment, it seems that all other players are okay, but we can’t be sure yet. The PGA Tour will proceed with all events. Hopefully, Watney will be the only player to be infected and have a speedy recovery.
Pierson Scheinberg is a student who lives in California, and attends the College Preparatory School. Pierson lived in Baltimore, Maryland until August 2017 when he moved to the Bay Area. Pierson is an avid golfer who enjoys watching all sports. He is a writer and sports analyst for At the Buzzer.