Rickie Fowler’s streak of 14 consecutive cuts made in major championships has ended, and a careless putting attempt in the second round of the 102nd PGA Championship was part of the reason.
On the par-4 sixth hole on TPC Harding Park on Friday, his 15th of the day, Fowler faced a six-inch bogey putt but missed when his putter struck the ground first and then barely touched the ball. He ended up taking double bogey.
When asked by a pool reporter after his round what happened at 6, Fowler replied: “2020,” the implication being that so many other things are messed up this year.
“I went and set the putter behind the ball and went to make a stroke. Usually when you’re tapping in the heel of the putter is a little lower when you’re standing away from it. The heel of the putter just got stuck in the ground.”
Fowler also bogeyed the eighth before posting a 69. But coupled with his first-round 73, Fowler finished at 2 over. The cut on Friday came in at 1 over.
Fowler last failed to play the weekend in a major at the 2016 U.S. Open.
“In a way, it’s a reminder to not take anything for granted,” Fowler said. “It wasn’t like I wasn’t paying attention, anything like that. It sucks. I can explain it as golf. Unless you play a lot and you’ve been in that situation, you just kind of go blank and you’re going through the motions.”
Fowler has now missed six cuts in 13 events this year and has just two top-10 finishes, both in January at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the American Express.
He did post a T-15 at last week’s World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.