The Zimbabwean opened with a pair of triple bogeys at TPC Boston, and after just six holes he stood at 9 over par on a course where 22 under was the winning score a year ago. Despite the deficit, de Jonge played his final 12 holes in 3 under to post a 6-over 77. He continued that momentum Saturday, shooting 4-under 67 in the second round.
Needing a birdie on the par-5 18th to make the cut, de Jonge hit a hybrid to 9 feet and made the putt, notching an eagle on the home hole for the second consecutive day.
“I told my caddie (Friday) that if we could somehow pull this one out and make this cut, it would be pretty cool,” de Jonge said. “It was nice. Feels pretty rewarding.”
De Jonge is no stranger to slow starts. Earlier this year, he opened with an 80 at the Wells Fargo Championship, only to bounce back with a second-round 62. He went on to tie for sixth.
“It’s nice to have done it before, something to pull back on. Yesterday it just kind of happened so quickly, really I hit two bad shots and ended up with some pretty bad results from them,” he said. “Play this game long enough, something like that is going to happen.”