Masters cut line plays cruel role for several stars
Saturday, April 11, 2015
AUGUSTA, Ga. – A familiar refrain played for some – Adam Scott making a 15th consecutive cut in a major championship, Justin Rose now 10-for-10 in getting into weekend play at the Masters – but for many notable names, these two days at Augusta National left them on the outside looking out.
Dodging threats of rain, competitors were able to complete the laborious second round, and when it was over, 55 players at 2-over 146 or better had made the cut. The 10-stroke rule was not needed. Better still, the cut wasn’t made for only those within 10 of the lead, because that would have included a mere 10 players at 4 under or better who are in Jordan Spieth’s (64-66, 14 under) massive shadow.
As for those who won’t be back for the weekend, Jim Furyk, No. 8, was the highest-ranked of the five top-20 names who missed. It will be the first time since 2010 that he hasn’t played on the weekend of the Masters.
No surprise, perhaps, that No. 14 Martin Kaymer (76-75) left early – after all, he has missed five times in eight starts – but No. 18 Billy Horschel (78) No. 20 Victor Dubuisson (75) struggled on Friday to miss by one.
No. 12 J.B. Holmes? Bit of a stunner there, given that he won last week in Houston and had piled up three other top 10s this season. The long-hitting Holmes opened with 76, followed with 71 and can bemoan the fact that he played the par 5s in only 3 under.
For Masters romantics, the weekend will have a massive void, for Fred Couples will not be here for just the third time in 31 years, his love affair with the place going back to 1983. Bernhard Langer, another Masters champ who has veteran experience, went for 73-74 and bogeyed 15 to miss by one, a year after finishing T-8 at the age of 56.
There was heartache — Gary Woodland bogeyed 15 and 18 to miss by one; Matt Every bogeyed 17 to finish one too high.
There was the continuation of a downward trend: Luke Donald missed a Masters cut for the second straight year and now has missed the cut in five of his past seven majors.
There was the halt of a streak: Brandt Snedeker (74-73) had made eight straight cuts in the majors.
And there was a rough followup to Thursday’s crisp beginning: Tom Watson, 65, followed a 71 with an 81, which matches the score he shot in Round 2 last year.
Among the six who made the cut on the number (2-over 146) were Steve Stricker (73-73), playing for the first time on the PGA Tour since the PGA Championship in August; Matt Kuchar (72-74), who birdied the 18th to sneak in; and India’s Anirban Lahiri (71-75).
As for streaks of consecutive cuts made in the majors, Scott ran his to 15; Henrik Stenson and Jason Day improved theirs to nine; and Rose, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Billy Haas stretched theirs to six.
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