Masters 2016: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson Among Most Notable Cuts


Golfers had to deal with strong winds at the Masters this week, and it resulted in several guys among the top 25 in the world rankings missing the cut at Augusta National Golf Club.

Just 15 of 89 golfers had a score of even par or better in Friday’s second round.

Here are five of the most notable cuts from the 2016 Masters.

Ernie Els
Els’ chances of making the cut were decimated on the very first hole of the tournament. He six-putted on No. 1 for a nine-stroke score on a Par 4. He double-bogeyed the first hole Friday, too.

The four-time major champion shot an 8-over-par 80 and a 1-over-par 73 to finish 9-over-par for the tournament.

Rickie Fowler
Fowler, just like Els, shot an 8-over-par 80 on Thursday and a 1-over-par 73 on Friday to finish 9-over-par for the tournament. This was a shocking result because Fowler had been tabbed as a favorite entering the week. Fowler made nine bogeys through two rounds, including three in the first four holes Friday.

He’ll have to wait until the U.S. Open for another chance at winning his first major.

Phil Mickelson
Mickelson has struggled a bit in his last four Masters. Outside of a second-place finish in 2015, he missed the cut in 2014 and barely made it in 2013 but finished 54th overall.

Lefty, who shot even par in Round 1, was in position to make the cut Friday but he shot a 7-over-par 79, the worst round of his Masters career. A pair of double-bogeys on No. 15 and No. 16 sunk Mickelson’s chances of playing on the weekend.

Zach Johnson
Johnson won the 2007 Masters and 2015 British Open, but he was unable to earn a Saturday tee this week. He was in pretty good shape after an even-par 72 on Thursday, but his second round was horrendous — an 8-over-par 80 that included seven bogeys and a double bogey.

Tom Watson
The legendary 8-time major champion walked up the 18th hole at Augusta for the final time in his career Friday after missing the cut with a 6-over 78 to finish 8-over-par for the tournament.

This year’s Masters was Watson’s 43rd appearance and his 145th major tournament appearance overall.

Thumbnail photo via Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rickie Fowler hits out of a bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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