Cut Notable Streaks

By Randall MellMay 27, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Adam Scott's struggles are taking a toll on the Aussies confidence, but hes back at it this week trying to end the first real slump of his career.
 
Scott, 28, tees it up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial looking to end a run of six consecutive missed cuts. Its the longest stretch of missed cuts in his career.
 
As these streaks go for elite players, its a brutal run. Scott was ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking just 11 months ago.
 
Tiger Woods, if youre wondering, has missed just four cuts his entire 14 seasons as a pro. If Scott misses the cut again this week, hell equal the number of missed cuts Jack Nicklaus had over his first 14 seasons as a pro.
 
Of course, those are players of a different breed, numbers no mortal should be compared. Heres a look at some relevant big names and the worst runs of missed cuts of their careers:
 
Ian Baker-Finch: Making his first PGA Tour start since 2001, Baker-Finch deflects some attention from his fellow Aussie with his own well-documented tale of woe re-told in his return to Colonial this week, where he won in 1989. Baker-Finch, 48, arrives content in life with few expectations. He has already made his mark as a major championship winner (1991 British Open) and is making another now as a TV analyst. Though curiosity radiates more than pressure around his return, he probably wouldnt mind ending his run of 34 consecutive missed cuts.
 
Phil Mickelson: Last year's winner at Colonial wont tee it up this week with his wife, Amy, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Mickelson has shown resilience throughout his career. In 93, his second year as a pro, he missed nine cuts and was DQd in one event. In a summer stretch that year, he missed four in a row, the most consecutive cuts he has missed his entire career. In 95, he missed nine cuts, four in a five-event span.
 
Paul Casey: At No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Casey, 31, holds the same spot Scott did after Scott won the HP Byron Nelson Championship in April of 08. Casey, the highest ranked player at Colonial this week, has never missed more than two cuts in a row on the PGA or European tours.
 
Vijay Singh: The Big Fijian is also in the field this week, one of four top-10 players. In his 16 seasons on the PGA Tour, he has never missed more than two cuts in a row and not more than five cuts in a season.
 
Ernie Els: The Big Easy hasnt been tearing it up of late, but when he missed the cuts at the Masters and Verizon Heritage last year, it equaled the most consecutive cuts he has endured on the PGA Tour over the last 16 seasons. Els isnt playing this week.
 
Rory Sabbatini: Vying to become the first player to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial in the same season since Ben Hogan in 1946, Sabbatini missed two cuts in a row before winning the Nelson last weekend. He missed six cuts in a row as a rookie in 99 and five in a row in 02.
 
Trevor Immelman: The 2008 Masters champ is playing this week. Immelman, 29, missed two consecutive cuts after winning at Augusta National last year, but he has never missed more than four straight on the PGA Tour.
 
Rich Beem: The 2002 PGA Championship winner tees it up this week having missed four of his last five cuts. He missed a personal record nine straight in 05 and missed seven in a row in 00.
 
Chip Beck: The former Ryder Cupper and four-time PGA Tour winner once missed 46 consecutive cuts during the 1997 and 98 seasons.
 
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