In a surprising turn of events at the British Open 2023 held at Royal Liverpool, some of the top players failed to make the cut and secure a spot in the weekend golf action. The prestigious tournament witnessed some unexpected outcomes, leaving golf fans in awe. Let’s take a closer look at the notable players who missed the cut:
Collin Morikawa’s Weekend Plans Foiled
Collin Morikawa, a two-time major winner, couldn’t salvage his weekend at Royal Liverpool. Despite a birdie on the final hole, his second consecutive 73 resulted in a four-over-par total, leading to him missing the cut. This disappointment comes after his remarkable victory at the 2021 Royal St. George’s Open Championships. Morikawa’s decision to prepare differently this year by playing links courses in the U.K. instead of the Scottish Open didn’t yield the desired results. Nevertheless, Morikawa remains determined to regain his winning form.
Justin Thomas’s Struggles Continue
Justin Thomas, ranked among the top players globally, faced a tough challenge during the British Open 2023. Shooting a first-round 82 followed by an even-par 71, he couldn’t recover from the early setback and ultimately missed the cut by eight shots. Thomas expressed his frustration, acknowledging that he needs to address certain issues in his game to bounce back stronger.
Dustin Johnson’s Quiet Exit
Dustin Johnson, a seasoned golfer, and a two-time major champion, had a disappointing run at Royal Liverpool. With a second-round 81, he missed the cut by ten shots. Johnson’s performance lacked consistency, with six bogeys and two double bogeys, but no birdies on Friday. After a mixed bag of results in previous tournaments, Johnson now faces the challenge of regaining his winning form.
Keegan Bradley’s Unfortunate Streak
Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA champion and winner of the Travelers Championship, endured a streak of missed cuts at the Open. His four-over-par total resulted in his third consecutive early exit from the tournament. Despite making six birdies in the second round, a lone bogey cost him dearly.
Sahith Theegala and Joaquin Niemann Show Resilience
Sahith Theegala and Joaquin Niemann may have missed the cut by two shots, but they showcased resilience in their second-round performances. Theegala ranked No. 35, bounced back from a first-round 79 with an impressive 68, thanks to five birdies. Niemann, who plays for LIV Golf, improved from a disappointing first-round 78 with a second-round 69, including birdies on the last two holes.
Tony Finau’s Struggles Continue
Tony Finau, ranked No. 16 in the world, faced a setback at the British Open. With three bogeys in the final four holes, he missed the cut by three shots. Finau has been struggling to find his form since his victory in Mexico earlier in the year, and this tournament added to his recent woes.
Phil Mickelson’s Disappointing Exit
Veteran golfer Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion at Muirfield, faced yet another disappointment at the British Open. His scores of 77 and 74 meant he missed the cut for the fourth consecutive year. Despite a recent second-place finish at the Masters, Mickelson couldn’t replicate his success at Royal Liverpool.
The Name Game: British Open or Open Championship?
Apart from the on-course action, the British Open or Open Championship has been a subject of debate in terms of nomenclature. While the event’s official name is the Open Championship, many golf fans in the United States still refer to it as the British Open.
A Mix of Triumphs and Disappointments at Royal Liverpool
The British Open 2023 at Royal Liverpool witnessed a mix of triumphs and disappointments for the players. As the tournament progresses, the golfing world eagerly awaits to see who will claim the coveted championship title.