Johnson and Thomas crash out at Carnoustie
Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas were among the big names to crash out at the halfway stage of the Open after the world’s top two missed the cut.
Johnson and Thomas endured a tournament to forget at Carnoustie and even refused to talk to the media after failing to qualify for the latter two days.
World number one Johnson dropped a total of five shots on the 18th during his first two rounds. He followed up his opening day 76 with a 75 on Friday.
🏌️♂️ Players who've missed the cut …
– Justin Thomas
– Branden Grace
– Sergio Garcia
– Hideki Matsuyama
– Jon Rahm
– Dustin Johnson
– Bubba Watson
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) July 20, 2018
The American gave himself hope of making the cut with three birdies in the space of four holes, but then he bogeyed the 17th before a six on the last saw him miss the cut by three strokes.
Thomas, meanwhile, had been one of the front-runners after shooting a 69 in his first round, but three double bogeys on the spin during his second round saw him plummet down the leaderboard.
Putt of the day courtesy of Justin Thomas 🕳 pic.twitter.com/eKC2CrAr3J
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 20, 2018
Although Thomas was able to register birdies at 13 and 14, another couple of bogeys on 16 and 17 saw him finish with a 77.
Sergio Garcia was also eliminated after he was unable to recover from his opening round of 75, while world number five Jon Rahm was another big-name casualty.
As was the case with Thomas, Rahm shot a 69 in his opening round, but a triple bogey at the seventh was followed by double bogeys at the ninth and 16th. He eventually finished on five over.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,