ORLANDO —Padraig Harrington spends most of his time on the PGA Tour Champions these days, but it doesn’t mean he no longer appreciates what it takes to make the 36-hole cut.
Harrington made birdie on five of his first 14 holes on Friday to shoot 2-under 70 and make his 219th career cut on the PGA Tour.
“Playing the cutline is one of the toughest things in golf,” Harrington said. “Fifty-four holes, no cut, that’s an easy life.”
The 51-year-old is among the 72 golfers to survive difficult, windy conditions at Bay Hill Club and Lodge to play the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It took a 36-hole total of 2-over 146 to be among the pros to be paid on Sunday. (Amateur Ludvig Aberg also made the cut.)
Finally made a cut at Bay Hill… Golf course is playing like a major. Bring on the weekend ☘️💪🏻
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) March 3, 2023
Play was suspended due to darkness on Friday with two golfers still on the course. PGA club pro Greg Koch, who teaches at the nearby Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, held the fate of six golfers in his hands. Needing to complete the ninth hole on Saturday morning, Koch could have moved the cut to 1-over had he made birdie but he and Justin Suh (-2) made pars to wrap up the second round at 7:08 a.m. ET. It’s Koch’s first made cut on Tour.
What a moment for @RC_ORLANDO teaching pro Greg Koch in the @APinv. Had to wait overnight to finish his final hole of the second round. Got up and down for par to make the cut for the first time in a @PGATOUR event. Look what it means. pic.twitter.com/K8Ag1sHEj7
— Adam Shadoff FOX 35 (@FOX35Adam) March 4, 2023
With the announcement this week of no-cut, reduced field designated events beginning next season, this likely was the final 36-hole cut at Bay Hill and three players in the top 20 in the world didn’t make it. But Alex Noren took care of business on his final hole.
Needing a birdie on 18 to have a chance to make the cut, Alex Noren comes up clutch 🔥
He finishes +2 overall and is likely to make the cut on the number @APInv. pic.twitter.com/0K0tZN1lk1
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 3, 2023
Here’s the lowdown on some of the players who weren’t so lucky.
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