In a turnaround that was shocking even by Sawgrass standards, Love was 18 shots worse than his opening round and entered the PGA Tour record books as the only player in the 33-year history of its showcase event go from first to the weekend off.
Love took a quadruple-bogey 9 on his final hole for an 11-over 83, missing the cut by four shots.
He thought the toughest part of his day was falling farther behind Jim Furyk, the co-leader after the first round who kept his nose in front with a 1-under 71 to build a one-shot lead over Adam Scott and Stephen Ames.
Love tried to keep in range. Then he tried to simply make the cut. And then it all fell apart with a tee shot that landed behind a tree on the par-5 ninth, three shots from 114 yards to reach the green, and three putts from 15 feet.
“It was one of those days,” Love told a PGA Tour media official after declining to speak to reporters. “When I hit a bad shot, I never got away with it.”