The Honda Classic‘s cut was EVEN par and there was a plethora of major champions and past champions of this event who will have the weekend off by virtue of finishing at 1-over or (in some instances) much higher.
In Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington‘s cases, they are actually winners of multiple majors and past Honda Classic champions, but this week at PGA National was one to forget for both of them.
Els was only one shot off the cutline at +1, and three bogeys on the back nine did not do him any favors.
Harrington is a two-time Honda Classic and finished at 5-over playing alongside defending champion Adam Scott (who made the cut at 3-under) for the first two days of the event.
On the number
Notables who survived to play the weekend and cash a check by making the cut on the number include Cody Gribble, who was the story of the first round as he hit all 18 greens in regulation on his way to a tie for the lead with a 6-under, 64. Friday was a different story as Gribble fired a 76 that included seven bogeys.
2010 The Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen, 2013 U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick and last week’s Genesis Open runner-up Scott Brown are also among the group that will also have early tee times on Saturday.
Oh so close
There were a couple of big names in the field who missed the cut by one shot.
Justin Thomas, who has been one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour with three wins already this season, was one shot off playing this weekend. After his sizzling start that included winning both PGA Tour events in Hawaii and shooting a 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Thomas has cooled off considerably with a missed cut in Phoenix, a T39 last week at Riviera and another missed cut this week.
Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett also missed the cut by a single stroke.
Names you know
Notables who can relax in South Florida for the weekend or make their way home include Russell Knox, Retief Goosen, Bryson DeChambeau, Smylie Kaufman, Thomas Pieters, Hudson Swafford, Keegan Bradley, Camilo Villegas, Patrick Rodgers and Brooks Koepka.
Jason Bohn, who made headlines last year at the Honda Classic when he had a heart attack, missed the cut this year at 3-over.
Shawn Stefani, who practically owned golf fans’ Twitter timelines on Friday afternoon when he stripped down to his ‘Calvin Kleins’ underwear to hit a shot out of a water hazard, also missed the cut at 2-over.