5 golfers who disappointed at the first major of 2022

Scottie Scheffler is the 2022 Masters champion and deserves all the credit in the world, but there were several golfers who underperformed.

Scottie Scheffler, who continues an all-time heater, is the 2022 Masters champion and firmly established as the No. 1 golfer in the world. He deserves all the flowers that have been given to him for what he is doing right now and what he did at Augusta National Golf Club this week.

But once we do credit to Scheffler, we have to look at the other side of the coin and at the players who let us down at Augusta.

We’re not talking about a player like Cameron Smith who tried to be too aggressive to go after Scheffler and it cost him on Sunday. We’re not even talking about Mr. Par 67 himself, Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 12-over and missed the cut – this is obviously due to injury and form and honestly should have been expected. Perhaps you could include Rory McIlroy’s first three laps, but his electric last lap might have erased that disappointment.

No, we look at five golfers who came to The Masters with expectations and didn’t live up to them to a large extent.

The Masters: 5 Golfers Who Disappointed at Augusta

5. Tyrrell Hatton (52nd, +17)

By the time round one was up, Tyrrell Hatton shot level for the day but seemed poised to put on a massive run. The Englishman led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green on Thursday but bled shots on putting which he was able to reverse. Instead, after a pedestrian 2-over round on Friday to make the cut, he threw out fully over the weekend.

Hatton lost over 12 shots from tee to green over the weekend alone which is almost impressive how poor that performance is. It’s hard for a player who plays with such fiery emotions to see him lose so quickly when he clearly has the game to play a part in big tournaments like this, Majors or otherwise.

4. Xander Schauffele (MC, +7)

After being among the biggest threats to Hideki Matsuyama in 2021 and having a strong history at The Masters, Schauffele was confident that Schauffele would reemerge in 2022 and make a name for himself. As it turns out, he joined a string of big names with beautiful histories at Augusta who missed the cut.

Over two rounds, Schauffele lost 2.8 strokes from tee to green and gained some on the greens, but not enough to make up for the rest of his poor-form game. It’s impossible to question Schauffele’s talent, but it’s right to question the lack of wins and great performances from him throughout his career. Nothing this week did to dispel the lingering doubts about him.

3. Brooks Kopka (MC, +6)

Brooks Koepka, who looks healthy, is improving somewhat relative to his current form and takes on a major championship, a format in which he has always found success, seemed like a recipe to back him up this week. Instead, the guy just came out and laid an egg.

He ended up missing the cut at 6-over the first two rounds and the putter was to blame. In just two rounds he lost 5.22 shots on the green and it looked even worse on the eye test. The ball hitting was average at best and the Major Jaeger we’ve come to know and love wasn’t something you hate to see in Augusta. Majors are more fun when Koepka flips that switch.

2. Justin Thomas (T8, -1)

When you look at the final standings, it’s hard to be upset with Justin Thomas’ result. In the end, he finished T8 with a score of 1 under par, one of only nine players to finish the tournament under par. And yet, it’s hard to believe he hasn’t left much out there this week. He had his worst approach lap in 2.5 years on Thursday to dig his way into a hole, the driver wasn’t reliable when he needed it and he just couldn’t keep up when he should have been giving very well like he did his played irons on friday and saturday. Maybe that’s because I picked him to win, but I felt like JT wasn’t as good as he could and should have been this week.

1. Jordan Spieth (MC, +6)

All signs were there not to support Jordan Spieth in terms of his momentum and form coming after Augusta, but he was too tempting to ignore given his Masters history. Well, it turns out that playing badly in this tournament isn’t doing you any good.

As in this year, everything was largely lost for Spieth. He lost over 3.5 shots on the approach, winning off the tee and losing over a shot on the greens. There’s no part of the game where you can feel safe right now, which is hard to see in a place where he’s played so well. This is the first missed cut ever at Augusta National Golf Club and it’s hard to see where we’re going from here.

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John Verrall

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