July 23, 2024

Just a few days before the U.S. Open gets underway, Jordan Spieth struggled to find his best form at the Memorial Tournament on Thursday and Friday, missing the cut at Muirfield Village.

Following their Friday cut at the Memorial Tournament, Jordan Spieth and several other PGA Tour players had less than ideal preparation for next week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Spieth, who started the tournament at five over par after the first 36 holes, missed the weekend at Muirfield Village by just one shot. Although he made an amazing eagle at the par-five seventh hole in his opening round on Thursday, several errors quickly negated this.

He finished the first day of play with a two-over score of 74 after making five bogeys in his first eighteen holes, meaning he still has a lot of work to do on Friday.

But on day two, Spieth’s situation worsened even more as he followed up his opening-round 74 with a three-over 75 to guarantee that his week in Ohio, Dublin, would come to an early end. With the U.S. Open rapidly approaching, the American’s subpar performance has come at the wrong time.

However, Spieth wasn’t the only player to struggle at the Memorial; Wyndham Clark, the winner of the most recent U.S. Open, also failed to make the cut. Prior to his title defense on Thursday, Clark, who took first place in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, will be looking to regain that form.

Unfortunately, though, as Clark, like his Ryder Cup partner, missed the cut by one following a stuttering finish on Friday. The U.S. Open champion suffered greatly as a result of two bogeys on the par-five 15th and an additional bogey at the 18th. He was unable to recover from his dismal start on Thursday, shooting five over 77.

Despite winning at Pebble Beach in February, Clark’s 2024 has been uneven, as he failed to make the cut in the two previous major championships, the Masters and U.S. PGA. Patrick Cantlay had a week he would never forget as well, as his troubles on the greens at Muirfield Village persisted.

Thus far this season, Cantlay has failed to regain the form that has elevated him to the status of one of the world’s best players; on Friday, the American continued to struggle in this regard. He missed the Memorial cut by three shots on Thursday after shooting three over 75 the previous day.

However, Rickie Fowler had the worst week of the competition, finishing two days early in dead last place at 13 over par. Fowler started his tournament with a discouraging four-over 76 on Thursday, far from his best.

A day later, though, he showed no signs of recovery as he made six bogeys and three double bogeys en route to a miserable 10-over 82 in round two. The six-time PGA Tour winner is chasing his victory on the grand stage and will be looking to turn things around next week.

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