66 players face dreaded cut from PGA
Tournament golf can be a cruel game, and for more than half the field the dreaded cut means they will not be around today to begin round three, as the WA PGA Championship draws to its conclusion.
The cut was changed constantly during the second round, eventually settling at one-over. This will take 66 players out of contention after day two, including a few big names.
Last year’s champion, Victorian Ryan Lynch, has been cut, finishing the first round three-over and failing to recover on day two.
Both he and 2013 winner, Jack Wilson of Victoria, will miss the weekend.
West Australian favourite Matt Jager was six-under after nine holes in the first round, but hit 78 on the second day to record twoover, narrowly missing out.
However, for many the tournament is still a learning experience.
Despite only making it on to the course for two days, Goldfields Golf Club junior Josh Fewkes, 16, gained a good education in his second run at the PGA.
“It was a good test, I didn’t play all that well today and didn’t putt well all tournament, but I know what I need to work on now,” Josh said, who finished with scores of 75 and 77 to finish eight-over.
“Everyone from the club has just congratulated me and said I’ve done well, but I know what I need to work on and improve if I want to make the cut (in the future).”
Recently retired PGA tour veteran Kim Felton also had kind words on his early exit for the tournament, hitting six-over as he looked to shake off the cobwebs.
“I enjoyed coming back to Kalgoorlie immensely,” he said. “I didn’t play any good but I loved playing golf, so I had two fun days.
“It was a big ask to play well and compete with what these guys are doing, but it was good to get out there and have a couple of rounds.”
Josh Fewkes, 16, gained a good education in his second run at the PGA.