No. 18 dooms hopes of making cut for a few big names
AUGUSTA — There are several notable faces atop the leaderboard and some more who will be around for the third and fourth round of the Masters in hopes of chasing down the leaders.
The world’s No. 1 ranked golfer Justin Rose won’t be among them. Neither will Sergio Garcia, who missed the cut for the second consecutive year after winning the tournament in 2017. Danny Willett, 2016 champion, won’t be around either.
All of them missed the cut by one stroke, and they all made bogey on No. 18 on Friday to seal their fate.
To be fair, Rose’s hopes of sticking around for the weekend in Augusta started to collapse on No. 15. He bogeyed the par 5 and went on to make bogey on the final two holes, as well. He finished with a 73, missing the cut by one stroke.
Garcia flirted with the projected cut line the entire day and ultimately could never string together enough birdies to stay in the field.
He started his round at 1 over and bogeyed Nos. 3 and 5 to fall to 3 over, which was on the cut line once Francesco Molinari moved to 7 under. From there he was never able to right the ship.
Garcia wasn’t alone in continuing an unfortunate streak of missing cuts since slipping on a green jacket.
Willett made bogey on 18, as well, to end his tournament after 36 holes. Willett made five bogeys and four birdies overall for a 1-over 73. He’s yet to break 73 in a round since his victory in the 2016 tournament.
“I have a lot of good positives to take from the week and how we played, but, yeah, things just didn’t quite fall into place today,” Willett said. “You talk about luck, I hit a pretty good one on the 18th, gets a bad bounce and goes in the bunker. You get a terrible lie, and it’s one of them things that I think if things aren’t going your way, they’re not quite going your way.”
It wasn’t all misery on the 18th on Friday. Alex Noren and Billy Horschel each made birdie on the hole to get inside the cut line and extend their tournament.