The only time Phil Mickelson has ever missed the cut in the Masters came in 1997. That same year, Tiger Woods won the tournament by a record 12 shots.
With Woods out this year as he heals from back surgery and Mickelson through 36 holes at 5-over par, we could potentially see the first Masters weekend at Augusta National without two of the game's biggest stars since 1994 when neither of the two played.
Mickelson finished his second round right around 3:40 p.m. EDT and was one shot outside the projected cut number of 4 over after a 1-over 73 to go along with Thursday's 4-over 76.
Mickelson's tough week at the Masters shouldn't come as a big surprise if you look at his form of late. It's really a microcosm of his season -- one in which he has yet to finish inside the top 10 through nine starts.
But, bad form or not, Mickelson's 76-73 start is a bit shocking because since that missed cut in 1997, he has racked up an incredible 14 top 10s at Augusta National, including three victories.
In the last two days, Mickelson has had two triple bogeys (No. 7 on Thursday; No. 12 on Friday) and one double bogey (No. 15 on Thursday).
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