At times, golf can be cruel. Just ask Andres Romero.
The Argentine was among the top storylines Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, blistering TPC Summerlin for a 10-under 61 to move within a shot of overnight leader J.J. Henry. If not for Henry's opening 60, Romero would have earned a share of the course record, and he appeared in position to contend for his first PGA Tour title since the 2008 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Fast forward 24 hours and Romero was on the other side of the spectrum. The 32-year-old stumbled to a 10-over 81 during Friday's second round, and at even-par 142 missed the cut by three shots.
The dichotomy between the two rounds was startling. Romero failed to drop a shot Thursday, carding eight birdies and an eagle while reaching 16 of 18 greens in regulation and taking just 25 putts. Friday, the Argentine recorded just one birdie against six bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. He reached just eight of 18 greens in regulation but needed 32 putts to complete his round.
With the unfortunate turn of events, Romero matches a PGA Tour record for the lowest score (61) recorded by a player who ultimately missed the cut. His 20-shot swing in between two rounds is the largest on Tour since Kevin Stadler shot 81-61 to miss the cut at the 2008 Frys.com Open. The feat was also matched at the 2002 British Open, where Colin Montgomerie carded a 64 in the second round at Muirfield but struggled to an 84 during the third round amid historically bad conditions.