Jordan Spieth needed an impressive finish to his second round on Saturday at The Players Championship, but in his first tournament since his Masters collapse, he didn't make the cut.
On the flip side of the day, yet in the same group as Spieth, Jason Day finished his round 6 under to move to 15 under for the tournament — four strokes ahead of second-place Shane Lowry (-11).
Spieth wasn't the only heavy hitter to fail to make it to the third round. Phil Mickelson (1 under ) missed his third cut in his past four events.
Spieth started his morning off the 15th fairway at TPC Sawgrass (after rain pushed his round back Friday) and ended the hole with a disappointing bogey to make his day that much tougher. He made par the next two holes, leaving himself needing an eagle on 18 to make the 2-under cut.
Spieth went for it on his tee shot on 18, barely carrying his shot over the water lining the left side of the fairway, but could only muster a birdie to finish the round 1 under after an even 72 in Round 1.
Saturday marked Spieth's 14th missed cut on the PGA Tour and his second consecutive at The Players Championship.
Spieth: "I'm trying to be positive w/ myself, but it's tough when you're getting shellacked by 15 shots by a guy (Day) in the same group."— Randall Mell (@RandallMellGC) May 14, 2016
"I don't know if it's surprising [that I missed the cut]," Mickelson told reporters after his round. "It's a challenging course, and it's hard to recover. I've got to make some adjustments on the course, and I just didn't drive it well. [Friday], I hit two fairways; you can't do that around here."
Rickie Fowler, the tournament's defending champion, and Masters champion Danny Willett also missed the cut at 1 under.