There was a lot of good golf played over the first two days at Carnoustie. Big names like Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are in the hunt, while guys like Tiger and Phil are within striking distance.
There was also a lot of, well, not so good golf played too. Below are the top-five worst performances from the first half of The Open Championship. Not necessarily the five worst scores put up, but five that were surprising, disappointing, or just downright painful.
For the record, the cut line was +3. So, without further adieu, here we go:
Honorable Mentions: Justin Thomas (+4), Jon Rahm (+5), Bubba Watson (+6), Brandt Snedeker (+12). Safe to say these fellas will not be holding the Claret Jug (above) on Sunday night.
#5 — Darren Clarke (+23)
The 2011 Open Championship winner never really stood a chance of competing this weekend, but finishing dead f***en last was probably not what he had in mind, either. After rounds of 82-83, Clarke sits D.F.L. by seven strokes.
#4 — Sergio Garcia (+4)
The last time the Open Championship was held at Carnoustie, in 2007, Sergio Garcia lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. It was arguably his most heartbreaking major defeat up to that point. This time around, after going 75-71 to start the week, Garcia will watch the final rounds from his couch. Tough look in an event he has recorded 10 top-tens in, in his career. It’s just Sergio’s third missed cut in The Open since the year 2000.
#3 — Ian Poulter (+12)
Ian James Poulter. After causing yet another round of media headlines last week for allegedly harassing a volunteer marshall, Poulter was not able to come into Carnoustie under-the-radar. He brushed off the allegations as a miscommunication, and went out and shot rounds of 73-81. You just hate to see that…..
As Poulter has mentioned before, if he could win one tournament, it would be this one. Maybe next year, Ian. Maybe next year.
#2 — Dustin Johnson (+6)
Entering the week as the world’s #1 ranked player and betting favourite, whilst also finishing 10th and 3rd in the two previous majors this season, it’s pretty safe to say no one saw this coming. After an opening round five-over 76, DJ needed to get into red numbers today to get into the weekend. Through 16 holes he had done just that, sitting right on the eventual cut line at +3. However, a bogey, double-bogey finish results in just the seventh missed cut at a major for Dustin since 2008.
#1 — Hideki Matsuyama (+4)
This one has to hurt. Not only was Hideki paired with Tiger Woods for the first two rounds, but he was playing pretty well for the first 35 holes. Standing on the 18th tee on Friday, Hideki was at +1 for the week, just one stroke behind Tiger. An errant drive and an approach shot pulled out of bounds, followed by a short missed putt for double-bogey, and Matsuyama missed the cut by one stroke. Ouch.
Carnoustie will do that to ya.