Masters 2015: Tom Watson Misses Becoming Oldest Weekend Player at Augusta National

Masters 2015: Tom Watson Misses Becoming Oldest Weekend Player at Augusta National

Tom Watson walks off the 18th green after his second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 10, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tom Watson had hoped to set a Masters record by making the cut at age 65.

So much for that plan.

After opening with a promising 1-under 71, Watson ballooned to an 81 on Friday, one of the worst rounds of his long Augusta career. He finished up with a triple-bogey 7 at the final hole.

Also missing the cut was 55-year-old Fred Couples, who shares a Masters record of playing on the weekend in 23 consecutive appearances. He’s heading home with a 9-over 153 total.

Couples tied Gary Player’s record by making the cut every year from 1983-2007 (not counting a couple of years when Couples didn’t play at all). After missing the cut in both 2008 and `09, he seemed to find the fountain of youth in his early 50s, finishing sixth in 2010 and in the top 20 each of the last four years.

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But Couples didn’t have a chance to extend his latest streak after shooting 79 on Thursday – his worst showing at Augusta since a third-round 81 in 1983. He finished up with a 74 on Friday, including a bogey at the 12th after he dunked his tee shot in Rae’s Creek.

The news wasn’t all bad for the over-50 crowd.

Mark O’Meara, at 58, made it to the weekend for the first time since 2005 by shooting 68 on Friday.

”I probably hit the ball as far now as I did when I played in my time,” he said. ”You play for your pride, too. I understand I’m 58, but I still have my health and I can still hit some quality golf shots out there.”

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