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April 12 2013

1:15 PM

Discuss: Will Bubba make the cut?

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Only three times has a player successfully defended at the Masters.

Almost as rare is the defending champion missing the cut. Bubba Watson is danger of doing that, however, after a 75 in the opening round. (He tees off at 1:30 p.m. ET).

Only eight defending champions have gone on to miss the cut the year after they won. The last to do it was Mike Weir in 2004 (see chart for others).

What do you think Watson will do? Discuss below.

 

Player Missed Cut Following Year Scores Strokes Missed By
Jack Nicklaus 1967 72-79 One
Tommy Aaron 1974 77-73 Three
Seve Ballesteros 1981, 1984 78-76 and 73-74 Six and Two
Sandy Lyle 1989 77-76 Seven
Ben Crenshaw 1996 77-74 Seven
Nick Faldo 1997 75-81 Eight
Jose Maria Olazabal 2000 72-77 Three
Mike Weir 2004 79-70 One
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