DUBLIN, Ohio -- Rickie Fowler could have gone away mad, but instead the No. 5 player in the world took in stride missing his second straight cut and his third in five starts.
"Yeah, it's not the train you want to get on, the missed cut train," said Fowler, whose 3-under 69 Friday left him at even-par 144 and two outside the cut in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. "The game actually feels really good. I played well when I was off at home. I had some low scores and didn't swing it all that great yesterday, but on top of that, putting was really bad yesterday and today."
Fowler hadn't missed consecutive cuts since this time last year, when he was excused early at the Memorial and U.S. Open. His struggles of late include two-round appearances at the Masters and the Players, where he was defending champion. Even his T-4 at the Wells Fargo Championship was a downer in that he was in contention and closed with a 74.
His next start is the U.S. Open at Oakmont -- not the right time to be struggling with the putter. But Fowler didn't seem to be panicking.
"I'm looking forward to getting some good work in at home," he said. "Like I said, the swing felt really good today. Just tightened things up and definitely need to get the flat stick happy and ready to go."