April 12 2013
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|
|Seve Ballesteros||1981, 1984||78-76 and 73-74||Six and Two|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||2000||72-77||Three|