Big names abound on Masters cut list

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

At least 11 players will head home Friday night from the Masters knowing that just one shot, one stroke of good fortune, would have allowed them to make the cut.

With just the top 50 and ties -- plus any players within 10 strokes of leader Bubba Watson -- playing the weekend, there were a lot of big-name players at 5 over who saw their Masters bubbles burst.

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That list included Luke Donald, Victor Dubuisson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson -- and perhaps most surprisingly, Phil Mickelson. The three-time Masters champ hadn't missed a cut at Augusta National since 1997, but was done in by a triple-bogey 6 on the par-3 12th, his second triple in two days.

This year's cut wasn't kind to several former winners. In addition to Mickelson and Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera (2009), Trevor Immelman (2008) and Zach Johnson (2007) all failed to advance, along with Mark O'Meara, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw.

Several other pre-tournament favorites had an early end to their Masters. Dustin Johnson couldn't make up for an opening-round 77 and wound up with a 7-over 151. Patrick Reed skied to a second-round 79 and finished at 8-over 152.

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Keegan Bradley followed a 75 with a 78 for a 9-over 153. Jason Dufner never recovered from his first-round 80 and finished at 10-over 154.

However, there were more than a few green jacket holders still in the 51-man field, including Mike Weir (2003), Vijay Singh (2000), Jose Maria Olazabal (1999), Fred Couples (1992), two-time winner Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993) and Augusta native Larry Mize (1987).

At 54, Couples shot back-to-back 71s to sit tied for seventh, five shots behind Watson.