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After two days of high-quality golf at the 2023 Traveler Championship, Keegan Bradley and Denny McCarthy share the lead at the halfway stage on -15. The pair have played almost faultlessly across the first two days of the tournament and are both now the 36-hole record holders at TPC River Highlands.
While McCarthy and Bradley have taken charge of the tournament, there are several players further down the leaderboard who have struggled in Connecticut. In total, 86 players missed the cut at TPC River Highlands including some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour.
What was the cut line at the 2023 Travelers Championship?
As the overall quality has been so high over the opening two days at the Travelers Championship, the cut line was always inevitably going to be under par. The cut line rule at the Travelers Championship is the same standard cut rule that is applied to the majority of PGA Tour events. This means that anyone inside the top 65 (including ties) after round two is eligible to continue playing over the weekend.
On day two of the tournament, the cut line flirted between -3 and -4 before being locked in at -4. This meant that there are plenty of players who haven’t necessarily played badly this week aren’t going to be around this week due to the excellent standard at the top of the leaderboard.
Who has missed the cut at the 2023 Travelers Championship?
In total, 86 players missed the cut. Some of the standout players who won’t be competing this weekend are as follows:
As the world number three, and someone who hasn’t missed a cut line in nearly two years, Jon Rahm is definitely the biggest name to miss the cut at TPC River Highlands. The Spaniard carded a respectable score of 67 on day one and would have felt like he was in contention to win the tournament. However, a +1 round of 71 on day two not only dashed those hopes but also saw him miss the cut line.
At the #TravelersChampionship, Jon Rahm misses his first cut since Fortinet in Sep 2021. Note he WD with illness at The Players.
Excluding Players, it was 36 consecutive cuts made.
🐯had a record 142.#TravelersChamp
— David Bieleski (@deepdivegolf) June 23, 2023
As a two-time major champion, it is also a shock whenever Collin Morikawa misses the cut at a tournament. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, it is the fifth time he has missed the cut in what has been an extremely difficult season for him. With plenty of work to do on his game, Morikawa will hope to find something in the coming weeks before the final major tournament of the year next month.
Max Homa is currently ranked ninth in the world and he has been enjoying a good season on the PGA Tour. This week he carded a 72 on day one which left him an uphill battle to make the cut from the get-go on day two. To be fair to Homa, he played very well on day two and carded a 65 which left him on a score of -3, which sadly wasn’t quite enough to see him through to the weekend.
Who just made the cut at TPC River Highlands?
As proceedings drew to a close in Connecticut on Friday, several players were flirting with the cut line. Some big names looked likely to miss the weekend but then snuck in at the last moment. Here are three players who just made it through to the weekend.
It’s never easy playing a tournament just four days after tasting major success for the first time so credit must go to Wyndham Clark for showing up this week. The US Open Champion has played pretty well, too, and has carded rounds of 68 and 67 to leave him on -5 for the week.
Last week’s U.S. Open winner Wyndham Clark opened with a 2-under 68 at the Travelers Championship.
Last player to win a major and win on TOUR the following week was Tiger Woods in 2006 (PGA Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational).
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) June 22, 2023
Cameron Young was one of the standout players on tour during the first half of the season but things have gone a little awry for the 26-year-old of late. He has the cut twice in his last four appearances and hasn’t finished higher than 32nd in any tournament since the Masters. Young just made the cut this week thanks to a birdie on the 18th on Friday.
Sahith Theegala has quickly become one of the most exciting players on tour with his imaginative shot choices and aggressive approaches. Theegala has had a solid year and hasn’t missed the cut line in any event since October. He snuck in on Friday on -4 after rounds of 66 and 70. Two bogeys on 16 and 17 on Friday, however, would have left him concerned.
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