Halfway into the final major of 2022, more than half of the field is already experiencing an early end to the week. A trunk slam and an early flight home are in the cards for the remaining 79 golfers after 65 competitors at the AIG Women’s Open this week made the cut.
Some of the 79 players who won’t be present this weekend are more unexpected than others. No one was immune to Muirfield’s fury, even major champions and world No. 1s, which led to several famous players packing their bags early.
She fired: 75-77 (+10)
What went wrong: Thompson could not, for the life of her, locate a fairway. In Round 2, she only managed to hit five fairways after hitting only four drives in the short grass on Thursday. That will not do at a course as punishing as Muirfield.
Is it unexpected? Yes. Despite the fact that Thompson’s significant heartbreaks have been well-documented, she frequently goes hunting on the weekends. Her most recent missed cut in a major was in 2020.
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She scored: 76-71 (+5).
What went wrong: During her first round at Muirfield, Ko struggled in the wind, and she was never quite able to recover. On Friday afternoon, she managed to move back within the cut line for a little period of time, but bogeys on three of her final four holes caused her to fall outside the number.
Is it unexpected? Absolutely. Ko, who is the most reliable player in the game, missed her first major cut in four years. Any significant weekend without the world No. 1 is unusual.
She scored: 74-72 (+4).
What went wrong: Nordqvist bogeyed the last hole of the first round and then blew three of her first four chances on Friday. For the week, Nordqvist was under par aside from one five-hole stretch. She is unfortunate since they count them all.
Is it unexpected? Yes. This is only the second missed cut in the defending champion’s career at the Women’s Open and her first missed cut in precisely one year. It’s easy to assume that Nordqvist had not intended for this to be his title defence.
Her score was 75-71 (+4).
What went wrong: Popov had eight bogeys and a double this week in addition to her six birdies. Her downfall was ultimately due to her instability.
Is it unexpected? No. Popov has missed six major cutbacks since her surprise triumph at the 2020 Women’s Open, and her best result is a T44. Instead of being an exception, this week is more typical.
She fired a 77-70 (+5).
What went wrong: Lewis had trouble hitting the ball; she made just 21 of her 36 greens, and her short game was insufficient to save her. She had a particularly difficult Round 1 because she required 35 putts to complete the course.
Is it unexpected? No. Although Lewis has won before, her finest playing years are behind her. She has made three cuts missed in her last four Women’s Open starts.
She fired a 75-75 (+8).
What went wrong: This week, Tavatanakit had no friends on the 14th hole. She doubled it both times she played it, creating a difficult situation for herself to escape. She was unable to, which led to a brief week.
Is it unexpected? In a small way, no. Since May, Tavatanakit has only made one cut, and her game is everything but nimble. However, it comes as a shock that the former champion of the Chevron Championship missed yet another major cut. Tavatanakit appeared to be the upcoming big name in women’s golf when she won at Palm Springs in 2021 (and did so in a dominant manner). Since then, her play hasn’t lived up to that promise.
She fired 76-73 (+7).
What went wrong: Throughout the week, Matthew made three double bogeys and was unable to make up for them with enough birdies. But that doesn’t mean that this week was ineffective. It was quite wonderful for her to get to hit the first ball off the tournament tee in her native nation.
Is this shocking? No. Beany has missed the cut at the Women’s Open five times in the past seven years. Once you’re over 50, it’s difficult to keep up with the young guns.
She made 75-81 (+14) shots.
What went wrong: In Round 2, she shot a 10 on the 18th hole. With a double-digit score on the scorecard, it is challenging to make a cut.
Is it unexpected? No. Despite being a legend of the sport, Davies has only advanced once in the Women’s Open in the past seven years.