There will be no career Grand Slam for Jordan Spieth this week at the 99th PGA Championship.
Spieth, like pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy, just hasn’t gotten it done over the first two days at Quail Hollow and he’s fallen 11 shots off the lead going into the weekend.
After his first round, Spieth said he had to cut into the lead, he only trailed by five then. Now he got lapped.
Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner have set a high standard at eight-under.
Spieth hasn’t made enough putts to break par, much less makeup that kind of deficit.
Speith seemed resigned to his lack of birdies: “When you only make one birdie, it’s tough. It’s a tough track. On the weekend? I’ve got nothing to lose.” Spieth has managed just four birdies for his first 36-holes. Co-leader Hideki Matsuyama made more than that over his final nine holes Friday.
Spieth’s at three-over, a shot behind McIlroy, whose iron game has been anemic at best.
But they’re not the only big names who have struggled.
Dustin Johnson’s in at two-over par.
Sergio Garcia missed the 36-hole cut. It took five-under to stay for the weekend, Sergio was eight-over.
Defending champ Jimmy Walker made a brave comeback Friday with a 69 but after his opening 81, he’s on his way home as is Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson had no bounce in his step the first two days and floundered his way to 11-over for his two rounds.