Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Kisner miss the cut

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Golf is a fickle game – one day you’re Collin Morikawa, top of the FedEx Cup points standings, or Dustin Johnson, the defending tournament champion, or Kevin Kisner, the tournament winner last week and more than a million dollars.

On Friday, all three missed the cut at the Northern Trust. In total, 75 of Liberty National Golf Club’s 123 players made it over the weekend with scores of 1-under to 141 or better.

But the trio of Morikawa, Johnson and Kisner can take solace in the fact that they will have the weekend off, at least they live to play another week in the playoffs as they are safely in the top 70 which will qualify for next week’s BMW Championship. In other words, we’re saying they still have a shot at winning the pot of gold at the end of the FedEx Cup rainbow in Atlanta.

The reigning British Open champion said he wanted to save his energy for the Tour Championship in Atlanta, but he probably didn’t want to do that by missing the cut and taking the weekend. It’s only his fifth missed cut in an individual event in stroke play and his sixth overall as a pro.

A first-round 2 of 73 was the result of a poor teeing day that resulted in Morikawa hitting just nine greens in regulation time. He was bogey-free on Friday until a brace at the end, but his fate was sealed by then. He wasted more than two strokes in the field on the greens and had just five birdies in 36 holes.

During the TV show, TV commentators Dottie Pepper, Arron Oberholser, and Frank Nobilo mentioned that Morikawa was battling back pain. “Pretty disturbing,” Nobilo said. “He’s not a power player either, so he has a back problem.” Pepper noted that Morikawa’s longtime swing coach Rick Sessinghaus was scheduled to meet with him next week before the BMW Championship.

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Dustin Johnson tees off the 16th tee during the second round of the Northern Trust, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, at Liberty National Golf Club on August 20, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

The world No. 2 won this TPC Boston tournament a year ago by 11 strokes. This time he shot 1-under 70 unmanned – he cracked his player shortly before the start of his inning and had no save with him – on Thursday and opened with a double bogey at No. 10 and straddled the cut line the most. of the day with three birdies and two bogeys, including one on his last hole. Johnson missed a 5-foot putt at nine that got him in, but he clearly wasn’t comfortable off the tee with his replacement driver as he wasted 2.6 strokes in the field off the tee . It’s his fourth missed cut of the year and the second of his last three starts.

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Kevin Kisner hits a shot after taking a penalty on the 16th hole during the first round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Club. (Photo: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

What a difference less than a week makes. Kisner, the winner of a sudden-death six-man playoff at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, heads to the road after shooting 8 of 152.

Kisner triple-bogeyed and doubled Thursday to get behind the 8-Ball with a 76 and shot 74 on Friday despite five birdies. He placed lower than 110th for two rounds in SG: Off the Tee, SG: Tee to Green and SG: Around the Green. It’s a recipe for a surefire missed cut. It was his 10th missed cut in 25 starts this season.

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Phil Mickelson and Hudson Swafford finished 14 in the first round of the Northern Trust Golf Tournament on the PGA Tour to be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City on August 19, 2021. (Photo: Chris Pedota-USA TODAY NETWORK )

The defending PGA Championship winner has the weekend for the ninth time in 22 starts this season. After a 73 on Thursday, his round went off the rails. He bogeyed at No. 10 to get back level for the day, then flushed two balls at the par-3 11th en route to a triple bogey six. He had three birdies in a row starting in 13th place, but it was too little too late. Mickelson ranked No. 116 out of 123 competitors in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and did nothing to improve his chances of earning a captain’s pick for Team USA’s Ryder Cup. He will also have to sweat over the weekend to see if he makes the BMW Championship. He is currently projected to be on the correct side of the cut line for next week’s FedEx Cup rematch at No. 68.

Adam Scott tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Club. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

The Aussie was 4 feet away from winning the Wyndham Championship on Sunday’s first playoff hole. He put that backhand behind him and shot 67 on Thursday and looked set to chase for another Northern Trust title, but on Friday he made two double bogeys on the back nine to shoot 4 of 75 and missed the cut by one. .

Scott struggled in all areas: ranked #114 out of 123 in SG: Tee to Green (-3.850), #118 in SG: Around the Green and #109 in SG: Putting (-2.134.) Scott’s season is officially over as he failed to qualify for the BMW Championship.

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Sergio Garcia plays his shot from the 16th tee during the first round of the Northern Trust, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, at Liberty National Golf Club on August 19, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

The Spaniard’s chances took a serious hit when he opened with a snowman on his first hole of the tournament, the No. 10. He shot 41 for his first nine holes. He lost more than five strokes off the tee from the field to the green on Thursday and it was too much to overcome. Garcia, who won the Sanderson Farms championship, missed his ninth cut in 22 starts this season. He is safe for the BMW Championship – projected at No. 45.