April 11, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship winner, missed the Masters cut after shooting 80-74. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods isn’t at the Masters for the first time since 1994. Now a Mickelson-less Masters round will be played for the first time since 1997. Phil Mickelson shot 76-73 at Augusta National to miss his first Masters cut since 1997.
This is Mickelson’s second missed cut in 22 Masters starts. Mickelson, who made two triple-bogeys this week, wasn’t the only notable to miss the cut.
Ernie Els (75-74) also shot 149 to miss the cut by one, as did 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson (74-75) and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (73-76). It was Schwartzel’s first missed cut in five Masters appearances; he missed a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to miss the cut by one.
Els missed the cut for just the fifth time in 20 Masters appearances.
Marc Leishman, who finished fourth at last year’s Masters, reached 5 under for the tournament after making birdie on his first three holes Friday, but played the next 15 holes in 10 over par and shot 79 to miss the cut by one shot. Others to miss the cut by one include Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ryan Moore and World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship runner-up Victor Dubuisson.
Fifty-one players finished at 4 over par or better; the Masters cuts to the low 50 and ties, as well as anyone within 10 shots of the lead. Bubba Watson holds the 36-hole lead at 7-under 137.
Former University of Georgia golfer Harris English shot 6-over 150 in his Masters debut, as did former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson. Dustin Johnson finished at 151.
McDowell has missed the cut in five of seven Masters starts. This is Dustin Johnson's first missed cut in five Masters starts.
Patrick Reed, who starred at Augusta State before winning the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, shot 79 on Friday and missed the cut by four shots.
Matt Jones, winner of last week’s Shell Houston Open, shot 74-78 to miss the cut. His week was not without excitement, though. He made a hole-in-one in the Par 3 Contest and an eagle Thursday on the par-5 13th.
Other notables to miss the cut include Hideki Matsuyama, Graham DeLaet, former Masters champions Angel Cabrera and Trevor Immelman, Matteo Manassero, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Matt Every, Scott Stallings, Boo Weekley and Tim Clark.
Matsuyama had made the cut in both of his Masters starts, but missed in his first start as a pro.
Dufner, who was playing his first major since winning the 2013 PGA Championship, missed his first Masters cut in four appearances. He finished in the top 30 in each of his three previous starts.
This is Cabrera’s first missed Masters cut since 2005.