While those big names had high expectations going into golf's "fifth major," the supergroup was anything but, as Mickelson had a disastrous first round and failed to make the cut, while Fowler had back-to-back double bogeys in the second round and was also sent packing.
The first of those double bogeys came on the sixth hole (the group played the back nine first Friday), when Fowler hit the ball in a tree and it did not come down.
"Obviously didn't make a great swing," Fowler said, per Cameron Morfit of PGATour.com. "But it's five yards right of the fairway, and the marshals and fans were standing right there, saw it was in the tree. It hit and obviously got stuck up there. Unfortunately, the part of my ball that was showing was just all white and dimples; I couldn't see any of my markings and so, yeah, couldn't identify it, so back to the tee."
The only one who made it was Woods, but he barely got in at the one-under mark as inconsistency marred his first 36 holes.
Here's a link to the scoreboard, with the cut line clearly indicated at one-under par.
The cut line started off at one-under par through the first part of the second round, but as the afternoon groups came home, that number moved to two-under. If it had stayed there, Woods would have been on the outside looking in, but Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth both bogeyed the 18th hole, and that moved the cut line back to one-under par.
As a result, Woods, Lowry and 11 other players made it to the final 36 holes at that one-under level.
Woods did not learn he had made the cut until some time after he finished his second round. He hit the ball well off the tee Friday but struggled with his iron play. It had been just the opposite in Thursday's opening round.
"That's golf, unfortunately," said Woods, per Bob Harig of ESPN.com. "If we were able to put all of our facets of the game together, I think there would be a lot more tournament winners out here.
"This is just part of the job. We have to figure out a way to put it together, and I have not done that consistently this year so far."
Anirban Lahiri, Kevin Chappell, Luke List and John Huh are among the golfers who finished the second round at even par and were on the wrong side of the cut line. Lahiri and Huh had to feel the most pain since they had both shot 69 in the opening round, but they couldn't get the job done Friday with three-over-par rounds of 75.
In addition to Fowler, those who missed the cut at one-over included Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer. McIlroy had shot a one-under-par 71 in the opening round, and he was in good shape with that score until the famous island-green hole at No. 17. McIlroy scored a double bogey that dropped him from one-under to one-over and left him on the outside looking in.
Francesco Molinari and Charley Hoffman are among those at two-over who failed to make it to the weekend, while Kevin Kisner and William McGirt both finished at three-over. Hideki Matsuyama finished at four-over, while Louis Oosthuizen never got his game going and ended his 36-hole stint at five-over.
Former Masters champion Danny Willett struggled badly and was seven-over, while Brandt Snedeker had an awful time of it and closed his Players Championship performance at 10-over par.