The 2016 Masters was supposed to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Instead, a number of big names and favorites won’t even make it to the weekend at Augusta National.
With Jordan Spieth pacing the field, pre-tournament favorites Rickie Fowler (80-73) and Phil Mickelson (72-79) couldn’t keep up.
Mickelson had a birdie putt on 18 to get him inside the cut line, but he missed it on the right edge. The cut was set at 6-over par.
Ernie Els (80-73), Charl Shwartzel (76-76), Zach Johnson (72-80), Graeme McDowell (72-81), Jason Dufer (76-77), Vijay Singh (80-73) and Mike Weir (76-78) were among previous major winners to miss the cut.
Tom Watson, in what he’s said will be his last Masters, shot 74-78 to miss the cut. Watson won two green jackets in his illustruous career. He nearly holed an incredible side-winding putt on the 18th, but he still would have come up short of the cut line.
Spieth did the field a favor on Friday by shooting 74 to finish Friday 4-under for the tournament, a serious backup considering he was 8-under at one point. A run of bogeys on the back side from the Spieth pushed guys like Bubba Watson and Kevin Kisner into the weekend field, who otherwise were at risk of being cut.
Former champ Zach Johnson was assessed a penalty for grounding his club in the hazard after unknowingly making contact with the water in Rae’s Creek on 13, and that caused him to miss the cut.
Marc Leishman needed to par the 18th to make the cut but stubbed a chip and made bogey to fall out.
The top 50 players in the field, including ties, make the cut, plus all those players within 10 shots of the lead.