After the ceremonial tee shots from Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus the 78th Masters Tournament officially got underway on Thursday. The field made up of 97 players got off to a hot start, especially Bill Haas who was in the lead after the first day posting a 4 under 68.
But the story of the second round at this year’s Masters was Bubba Watson. The 2012 Masters Champion shot a 4 under 68 to take a 3 shot lead over John Senden heading into the weekend. Bubba carded 5 birdies in a row starting on hole 12 and continuing until he made par on hole 17.
The cut this year, included 51 players at 4 over or better for 36 holes. A few notable names in the top 51 include the lone amateur, Oliver Goss, 54 year old, Fred Couples, 1st time Masters participant, Jordan Spieth, and many more.
The other 46 players didn’t have the luck on their side this week; lets take a look at 5 notable players that missed the cut this year.
#5. Sergio Garcia. Many picked Sergio to win this year’s Masters because he is due for a major championship. Coming off a T-8 in last year’s Masters, the Spaniard won’t be playing on the weekend this year. He missed the cut by 1 after bogeying his final two holes on Friday en route to a 3-over 75.
#4. Patrick Reed. After winning at the Cadillac Championship in March named himself as one of the top-5 players in he world. But this week Patrick Reed never got it going, opening up the tournament with a 73 followed by a 79 to miss the cut by 4 shots.
#3. Ernie Els. The four time major champion winner missed the cut in a major for the second straight time after failing to reach the weekend at last years PGA Championship. Els carded 10 bogeys at this year’s Masters missing the cut by 1 stroke.
#2. Jason Dufner. The 2013 PGA Championship winner miss his first cut in a major since 2011, by a wide margin. Missing the cut by 6 shots after carding a quadruple bogey on No. 13 on Thursday en route to a first round 80.
#1. Phil Mickelson. The lefty found himself behind from the start after carding a first round 76. Making matters worse, he tripled the par-3, No. 12, on Friday after going bunker to bunker to put himself right over the cut line. He made quite the charge with birdies on three of his final five holes on Friday, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Other notable players to miss the cut include Hideki Matsuyama, Graham Delaet, Matteo Manassero, Keegan Bradley, and former Masters champions Angel Cabrera and Trevor Immelman.