World No. 1 Jordan Spieth missed the cut of the Northern Trust Open after recording a five-over in his first two rounds of play.
Spieth had a lot of work to do on Friday in the second round after shooting an eight-over on Thursday. It was his third-worst round ever on the PGA Tour. Spieth shot a three-under on Friday, which wasn't enough to move on to Saturday's third round, as the projected cut is at even.
He was still confident heading into Friday, as he spoke with the media after his second round via PGATour.com's Mike McAllister:
Mike McAllister @PGATOUR_mikemc
Despite his opening 79, @JordanSpieth didn't check out of his hotel today @NTrustOpen https://t.co/aoC8dW0zgv2016-2-19 20:59:18
With him starting on the back nine, it looked like Friday would be more of the same. After an opening birdie on No. 10, he bogeyed 11 and 12 to sink to nine-over overall.
He finally gained some momentum after his nightmare 21 holes, birdieing four of his next six holes to round out the back nine well.
Three of them came consecutively from Nos. 16 through 18.
The PGA Tour showed his improvement from Thursday:
PGA TOUR @PGATOUR
. @JordanSpieth made an eight-shot improvement today on Riviera's back nine. He's heating up. 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/O7bCnWBTDJ2016-2-19 17:50:57
Despite the solid run, his chances of making the cut didn't improve. Per DFS Albatross, Spieth had just a 2 percent chance to make the cut.
Spieth hit the front nine strong and recorded a birdie on No. 1 to get to four-under on the day, but that was when the wheels fell off.
With three bogeys in the next five holes, Spieth's tournament was all but over. He did manage to finish strong with two birdies on his final three holes, but it wasn't nearly enough.
The 14 bogeys he recorded over two rounds at the Northern Trust Open were a career worst for Spieth, as the Golf Channel's Justin Ray pointed out:
Justin Ray @JustinRayGC
Jordan Spieth: 13 bogeys/worse this week (Rd 2 in progress) - His most through 2 rounds in a @PGATOUR event as a pro.2016-2-19 19:09:24
It's the 16th time in his career that Spieth has missed a cut at a PGA Tour event and his 13th since he became a professional in 2013.
With the Masters less than two months away, this isn't the kind of golf to be playing before one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Spieth spoke about that, via ESPN's Jason Sobel:
Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN
Jordan Spieth, smiling: "Rory is considering this the start to his run at the Masters. This was not [mine]. Mine will start the next time."2016-2-19 20:54:46
Spieth will have an opportunity to put this performance behind him starting on Feb. 25 when the Honda Classic tees off from Palm Beach in Florida.
Stats courtesy of PGATour.com.