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Thomas Detry has a brutal six-putt meltdown to finish last at Cognizant Classic

Thomas Detry was last in the field and missed the cut at the Cognizant Classic on Friday. (Kyle Terada / USA Today)

Putting is difficult, and PGA Tour pros are not exempt.

However, Thomas Detry absolutely fell apart on the green Friday afternoon at PGA National.

After landing on the green on the par-4 sixth hole in the second round of the Cognizant Classic in regulation on Friday, Detry needed six putts to find the cup. Four of those putts also came within just six feet, which is definitely an achievable distance for any professional golfer.

While Detry isn’t as bad a putter as he seems, frustration clearly got the better of him in what ended up being a remarkable scene in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It was a real meltdown that average golfers everywhere had no problem with.

Detry could have settled for a bogey if he had simply stopped and read his third putt as well. But instead he tried to tap the ball in four different times, being off balance and rushing until the ball finally went in. Playing partner Stephan Jäger just stood there watching it all unfold.

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Detry finished with a quadruple bogey on the hole. He made the turn at 8-over on the day and then finished with a 9-over 80 in his second round. That took Detry to 11-over in the week, putting him in last place on the leaderboard and well outside the cutoff.

Detry, 31, entered the week at No. 70 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He has yet to win on Tour in his career, and he missed the cut at last week’s Mexico Open, but he finished fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. Detry, who has one international victory to his name, had three top-10 runs and a second-place finish on Tour last season.

Although Detry was likely to miss the cut anyway — Bud Cauley had the lead at 11 under par when the second round was called Friday, which had the cut line at 2 under — his troubles on the sixth green sealed that.

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