SAN DIEGO – It’s not easy leaving this seaside paradise overlooking the Pacific.
But despite perfect scoring conditions for two days – light winds, sunlit skies and the ground a tad on the soft side – some of the PGA Tour’s biggest names said adios to Torrey Pines and its top-notch lodging and golf courses on Thursday.
With the cut coming in at 3 under, that meant the likes of hometown favorite Phil Mickelson, four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, three-time major champion Jordan Spieth and master blaster Bryson DeChambeau missing the cut.
The much tougher South Course got the better of those who won’t play the final two rounds. The South played nearly 4.5 strokes harder than the North Course.
Here are the notables who are headed home.
Phil Mickelson (76-71)
After missing the cut badly in last week’s birdie festival at the American Express, Mickelson didn’t display much firepower despite uncorking a few bombs. He made six bogeys on the South Course in his first-round 76. Despite a strong effort in the second round on the North – he was 3 under his first nine holes – the reigning PGA champion missed his fifth cut in his last 12 starts on the PGA Tour…ReadMore….