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.
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.”