The 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black Course has brought some brutal stretches for the world’s top golfers. But for others, they’ve thrived on the course which benefits players capable of bombing it off the tee and being consistent around the greens.
Round one wrapped up with Brooks Koepka shooting a seven-under-par 63, setting a new course record and leading the way into day two. It’s certainly been tough sledding for many players, and the latest cut line at the PGA Championship reflects that, although we’ve already seen it move around a decent amount.
PGA Championship Project Cut Line 2019
Updated cut line: +4 (courtesy of PGATour.com)
When I began writing this story, the cut line was at +2 but looked likely to drop to +3, which is big for quite a few players. A bit later in the day, during the final stretch of afternoon play, the cut line moved to four-over. A number of well-known names will tee off in the afternoon and sit at two-over or worse after the first round. Here’s a look at a few names worth noting and where they sit prior to teeing off, courtesy of PGATour.com
- Tiger Wood (+2)
- Francesco Molinari (+2)
- Charles Howell III (+2)
- Russell Knox (+2)
- Jason Kokrak (+3)
- Charley Hoffman (+3)
- Henrik Stenson (+4)
- Sergio Garcia (+4)
- Patrick Reed (+4)
- Bubba Watson (+6)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (+4 overall), Jon Rahm (+5), Kevin Na (+5), Jim Furyk (+5), Branden Grace (+6), Ian Poulter (+6) and Marc Leishman (+8) are among the names who played early that are likely to miss the cut.
Rory McIlroy & Bryson DeChambeau Fall in Round 2
While a number of high-profile players could wind up missing the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship, the list may include Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau. McIlroy was four-over through 13 and sat at six-over for the tournament heading into the homestretch of his round. As for DeChambeau, he held the same outlook through 14 holes of Friday’s action.
Both players were expected to be in the mix this weekend but fell off due to poor stretches. For McIlroy, he had a brutal start to the front nine, shooting beginning with a double bogey on Hole No. 10, bogey on No. 11 and another double bogey on No. 12.
UPDATE: McIlroy finished the at one-over for the round (+3 overall), and is in position to make the cut.
DeChambeau’s start was even worse, as he posted a double bogey, triple bogey and bogey on the same holes to immediately find himself in need of a big run to bounce back. He finished the day at four-over and is six-over for the tournament, so is set to miss the cut.
Another name to watch is the aforementioned Watson, who was six-over on day one and will need a run in the afternoon to make the cut. Fortunately, the cut line appears to be trending in the direction towards potentially helping him out, but he’ll need a strong round to advance through to the weekend.