66 play­ers face dreaded cut from PGA

GOLF

Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - Josh Chiat

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.”

Pic­ture: Louise White

Josh Fewkes, 16, gained a good ed­u­ca­tion in his sec­ond run at the PGA.

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