It’s time for the weekend in Memphis in the first playoff event of the 2021-22 campaign, however, several of golf’s biggest names have slammed the trunks of their rental cars (or, let’s be honest, courtesy cars ) and go home early.
While the underdogs thrive in the humidity, the FedEx St. Jude Championship will be without several standouts this weekend at TPC Southwind.
Rory McIlroy looked rusty, while Scottie Scheffler couldn’t do anything on the greens.
Tony Finau, the hottest player on Earth right now, continues his dominance and is near the top of the leaderboard once again. He shot a Friday 68, his 11th consecutive round of 68 or better.
Here are six notable names who missed the cut, which came in at 2 under, in Game 1 of the playoffs.
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Scottie Scheffler (1 under)
Scottie Scheffler of the United States plays his shot from the seventh tee during the FedEx St. Jude Championship second round at TPC Southwind on August 12, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
The best player in the world couldn’t start with the flat stick, shooting rounds 71-70 and missing a 20-footer last Friday afternoon that would have propelled him to the right side of the cut line. He is still in good position to enter the week in Atlanta at the top of the FEC standings despite the missed weekend.
Rory McIlroy (1 under)
Rory McIlroy hits from the fairway during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship Friday, August 12, 2022 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
McIlroy took a few weeks off after failing the 150th Open Championship, without even touching a club as he spent time with his family in the London area. Well, the rust showed up a little in Memphis.
The Northern Irishman had 3 under for the tournament with seven holes to play on Friday but made two bogeys, including one on the ninth (his last), and missed the weekend by one.
He entered the week sixth in the FedEx Cup standings and is now projected eighth. McIlroy’s last MC came at the Valero Texas Open (he finished second in solo at the Masters the following week).
Billy Horschel (1 under)
Billy Horschel of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the FedEx St. Jude Championship second round at TPC Southwind on August 12, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Billy Horschel opened with a 68 on Thursday, but a 1-of-71 second round pushed him to the wrong side of the cut line. Four bogeys and a double were too much for the Florida Gator to overcome on Friday. He is expected to fall to 22nd in the FEC rankings (instead of 18th).
Jason Day (1 under)
Jason Day of Australia watches his shot on the second hole during the FedEx St. Jude Championship first round at TPC Southwind on August 11, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
With eight holes to go in his second round, Day was 1 under day, 6 under for the tournament and showed no signs of slowing down. Then bogeys at numbers 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 (he started his round on his back) sent the Aussie crashing onto the board, eventually landing on the wrong side of the cut line. Day entered the week outside the top 100 of the FEC rankings, so his season ends in Memphis.
Webb Simpson (3 on)
Webb Simpson practices at the TPC Southwind driving range on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, two days before the start of the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.
Webb Simpson struggled with injuries earlier this year and because of it never started in the right direction in the FedEx Cup standings. He entered the week ranked 122nd and will not make the trip to Delaware next week for the BMW Championship thanks to 71-72 rounds in Memphis.
Jordan Spieth (over 4)
Jordan Spieth hits from the fairway during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship Thursday, August 11, 2022 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Jordan Spieth’s last start came at the 150th Open Championship, where he finished in the top 10 and, like McIlroy, showed signs of rust in the first playoff game of the season.
After posting an even par 70 in the first round, bogeys on No. 8, 9 and 12 and a brace on the par-3 14 on Friday put him behind the ball eight and he finally signed for a second day 4 -over 74.
He is expected to drop three places in the FEC standings to 18th place.
Justin Rose (6 out)
Justin Rose reacts when his ball fell in water during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell – USA TODAY Sports
Justin Rose entered the week ranked 94th in the FEC standings. With this weekend missed, the Englishman’s season is over as only the top 70 move on to next week’s BMW Championship. Rounds of 71-75 weren’t good enough to do that as two bogeys and a double on his back nine on Friday were the nails in his coffin.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek