Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson miss cut in New Orleans
Zurich Classic: Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith boast one-shot lead at midway point
Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays his shot from the 15th tee during the second round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Having been six shots off the leaders after a level-par 72 in Thursday’s opening day foursomes, the Ryder Cup team-mates were battling to stay in the two-man competition during Friday’s fourballs.
They signed off for a creditable six-under-par 66, but on a day of low scoring that was not enough to get them into the weekend as the cut was made at seven under.
England’s Rose and Stenson of Sweden needed a birdie on the final hole to avoid an early exit but the two major winners both found the water.
Rose said of their failures on the last: “Actually summed up the week.... Disappointing.”
Stenson told the PGA Tour: “You want to be in the hole with two chances as much as possible. At times we didn’t live up to that. We left each other hanging on a few occasions.”
“If it was a normal event, we would’ve (each) made the cut,” Fowler said
“Not saying it would’ve been impressive by any means. We wouldn’t exactly have been in contention. It was just that we couldn’t get the both of us going. It wasn’t like we played bad golf. We just didn’t make enough birdies.”
Ireland’s Seamus Power and New Zealander Steven Alker also missed the cut, despite a second round 68. The pair hit birdies on the second, fifth and ninth, with two more on the back nine. Their only bogey of the round arrived on the par 4 third hole, as they finished up six under par overall.
At the top of the leaderboard, Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith of Australia boast a one-shot lead at the midway point of the competition — the first official team event on the PGA Tour since 1981.
The duo combined to shoot a 10-under-par round of 62 in the fourballs — both Blixt and Smith had an eagle and three birdies each — and leave them on 15 under.
The tournament returns to foursomes for the third round before finishing with fourballs.