Jon Rahm missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship days before the Ryder Cup as Phil Mickelson moved his way into contention.
Rahm had a visibly frustrating day and struggled to get the flatstick working at the Silverado Resort and Spa.
He carded a 1-under 71 to finish just inside the red for the tournament which was not enough to get inside the cut line at 3-under-par.
Mickelson moved his way through the field and putted well to move into contention, making the cut comfortably.
The vice-captain to Steve Stricker followed up his opening round of 70 with a 69 to see him at 5-under-par through 36 holes.
Rahm struggled again to get anything going but made birdie at seven.
Maverick McNealy's back nine.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 17, 2021
He leads by 2 @FortinetChamp. pic.twitter.com/aErqZoQGAr
He held his arms aloft to the crowd following the young Spaniard as a putt finally dropped for him.
But he couldn't find any real momentum on the back nine in Napa, California.
Rahm told the media he was struggling with a stomach virus at the beginning of the week.
One positive for the great hope for the European team is that he seems to be feeling better already.
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Maverick McNealy holds the clubhouse lead after 36 holes after shooting rounds of an opening 68 and an 8-under-par 64.
He leads Beau Hossler (67) and Mito Peireira (64) by two strokes at 12-under-par.
Rookie of the year Will Zalatoris (9-under) and Matt Kuchar (8-under) make up the rest of the top 10.
Gave it a chance to go in.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 17, 2021
Phil Mickelson birdies the 8th to get to 3-under, the projected cutline. pic.twitter.com/fdBVpK7Rzj