The cut. It is what strikes fear into the heart of every golfer. Those who make it are relieved to make it the weekend. Those who don’t, well they are sent packing. An early exit awaits. For those who don’t make it, the tough breaks count as their competition is over.
It can be a nervous wait for those right on the line. Others, pack their bags and head home. At the time, Lydia Ko would be forgiven for thinking that she did enough to scrape through to the weekend. A clutch putt saved her par on the 18th. She looked to the sky hoping that the golfing gods would be kind to her. It was a tough day but at the time she looked as though she may had done just enough. As the cut line hovered over her she would just about make it for the weekend.
So Yeon Ryu also had a lucky escape. Whilst she looked safe for much of her round, two consecutive bogeys on the 14th and 15th meant that she was also in for a nervous wait. Thankfully for the world number one, the late evening rain prevented many from making an impact on the cut line.
A birdie chance on the 18th could have meant that Suzann Pettersen could have also enjoyed the nervous wait as she hovered around the cutline. The putt looked good but lipped out of the hole. A par meant that she wouldn’t make to the weekend. The first big casualty of the event.
Some had probably already packed their bags before that point. Ariya Jutanugarn, last year’s champion no less, knew she wouldn’t have to wait after the 18th. Nightmare on the par 3 12th saw her walk away with a nine on her card. In the matter of one hole, she went from contender to an early trip home.