Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
Jordan Spieth will likely miss the 2019 Championship Cup after finishing with a total score of 1-over TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida.
Spieth showed an improvement in the second round of Friday with a under-69 rating, but it's probably not good enough to defeat the 76-plus 76 he had scored in the first round.
The 25-year-old Texan played an unprecedented second round with seven birdies and four bogeys that day.
By the time he entered the club, Spieth had 12 shots behind leader Tommy Fleetwood and two shots below the projected one-under cut line.
Less than a month from the Masters, Spieth is obviously not up to the level of play he must reach to compete in his second green jacket career.
Also badly played by Spieth in the overall standings of the Players Championship, he made significant progress on Friday.
As Golf Channel's Will Gray reported, Spieth was almost last in the pack as he entered the second lap:
It's a 76 for Spieth after rinsing his tee shot on 18. He currently has only 5 players.
He started at the back nine on Friday and shot with birdies on numbers 10 and 12. He dropped a shot with a bogey at number 14, but with birdies at the 15th and 17th holes, Spieth performed the turn to three in the day.
Spieth then made the No. 1 and No. 3 birdies, which earned him a score of five under the day and a penny at the tournament. With this score, the triple major champion had to make his place and play in the weekend.
However, things went wrong for Spieth, with bogeys on three of the next four holes. He managed a birdie in the sixth normal, but the damage was already done.
Spieth still had the opportunity to save his tournament if he managed to win draws 8 and 9, but when his birdie putt failed to convert to the eighth of normal 3, it seemed like his week was over , unless a miracle.
It was not surprising to see Spieth struggling to qualify because of his all-around struggles throughout the season, as reported by Daniel Rapoport of Sports Illustrated enter the tournament:
Jordan Spieth, world No. 25, struggles in every facet of his game.
SG at departure: 197th (-.494)
SG approaches the green: 116th (0.13)
SG tee on the green: 168th (-533)
SG around the green: 132nd (-.052)
SG putting: 114th (-0,014)
Total SG: 161st (-.548)
While Spieth was considered by many as the next Tiger Woods A few years ago, Alex Myers of Golf Digest provided a statistic suggesting that the statement was premature:
Missed cuts as a pro:
Jordan Spieth: 25 (including today)
Tiger Woods: 19 (of which only 4 in his first 12 years)
Spieth will now miss his third cup since November and he has not finished his tournament better than the 35th since that time.
Jay Coffin, of Golf Channel, Spieth has not finished in the top 10 in eight months:
Jordan Spieth follows 76 with 69 but will miss the cut at @THEPLAYERSChamp. He has not been in the top 10 since @TheOpen (T-9). Before that, it was a third place at @TheMasters.
Spieth is only one career PGA Championship winner, but nothing suggests that such a feat is on the horizon for him.
He sometimes saw old Spieth on Green Friday, but he made too many mistakes on the tee and his irons. Given his way of playing, Spieth does not look like a Masters contender.