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    10 shocking golfers who missed Masters reduce

    Jordan Spieth missed the reduce on the Masters for the primary time in his profession.

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — They are saying that the Masters doesn’t start till the again 9 on Sunday. However for about 40 p.c of the sphere, the Masters ended on the again 9 on Friday. As second-round play concluded at Augusta Nationwide, the sphere was pared to the highest 50 gamers and ties when the reduce settled at four-over-par 148.

    A few of the eradicated had been anticipated; amateurs and sixty-something former champions can’t be anticipated to maintain up with the very best on this planet. However a area this robust signifies that inevitably there shall be some terrific golfers headed residence on the weekend. Listed below are 10 shocking execs who missed the reduce, ranked in ascending order of simply how stunned we’ll be to overlook them this week.

    10. Bernhard Langer

    What he shot: 76-76 (+8)

    Shocking as a result of: Langer is an ageless marvel. He’s the king of the Champions Tour. And he’d made three of his final 4 cuts right here. We mainly all the time count on to see Langer taking pictures 72-73 and sneaking inside the highest 40 on the weekend. This time we’ll be robbed of that chance.

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    9. Fred {Couples}

    What he shot: 75-79 (+10)

    Shocking as a result of: Like Langer, {Couples} is in his 60s. Like Langer, {Couples} received a Masters within the early 90s. Like Langer, {Couples} has been successfully ageless at Augusta Nationwide. However {Couples}’ file at Augusta is much more spectacular; he completed inside the highest 20 six occasions in seven begins from 2010-2017. Age and again issues could also be catching as much as him, however we’re not but able to admit it.

    8. Abraham Ancer

    What he shot: 72-79 (+7)

    Shocking as a result of: He’s the Fifteenth-ranked golfer on this planet. And since he opened with 72 earlier than struggling to a 79 within the second spherical. His week cratered with double bogeys at 7, 8 and 11, sending him from the sting of competition to an early flight residence. Too unhealthy, as a result of Ancer appears to love it right here: In 2020, he performed within the last group. In the end, a T5 on the WGC-Match Play didn’t carry by means of to robust play at Augusta this week.

    7. Louis Oosthuizen

    What he shot: 76-WD

    Shocking as a result of: Oosthuizen belongs in a barely totally different class as a result of he withdrew resulting from damage. Nevertheless it’s definitely shocking to see the person who completed within the prime 3 at three totally different majors final season fail to make the weekend on the Masters. Right here’s hoping for a speedy restoration earlier than we get to the PGA so we will see King Louis within the combine once more.

    6. Bryson DeChambeau

    What he shot: 76-80 (+12)

    Shocking as a result of: Simply 18 months in the past DeChambeau teed it up because the match favourite. This 12 months he arrived injured; he instructed he was at 80 p.c however that quantity was doubtless optimistic. He seemed rusty and out of kinds en route to 2 troublesome days.

    5. Justin Rose

    What he shot: 76-76 (+8)

    Shocking as a result of: He held the 36-hole lead right here final 12 months. As a result of he was in affordable place earlier than a triple-bogey 7 at No. 11 on Friday. And since we nonetheless count on Justin Rose to indicate up for the large occasions regardless of his lack of type these final couple years.

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    4. Sam Burns

    What he shot: 75-74 (+5)

    Shocking as a result of: He received in his final begin on the Valspar Championship, got here in because the Eleventh-ranked golfer on this planet and usually looks as if one of many hotter gamers on the planet.

    3. Xander Schauffele

    What he shot: 74-77 (+7)

    Shocking as a result of: Schauffele completed T3 final 12 months, has been among the many most constant main championship performers on the planet and usually doesn’t have any gaping holes in his sport. Shocking as a result of he made only one birdie in two days.

    2. Brooks Koepka

    What he shot: 75-75 (+6)

    Shocking as a result of: Brooks Koepka definitely hasn’t been at his peak, however nonetheless: it’s Brooks Koepka! His identification as major-championship specialist has been well-earned and well-retained, too. It was one factor when an injured Koepka missed final 12 months’s reduce. It was one other altogether when he began scorching with a gap two-under 34 on his first 9 earlier than taking part in the following 27 holes in eight over par, together with three bogeys in his last 5 holes to overlook the reduce by two.

    1. Jordan Spieth

    What he shot: 74-76 (+6)

    Shocking as a result of: It’s Jordan Spieth at Augusta! When he performs right here he tends to win or come rattling shut. That’s no exaggeration: Earlier than this week Spieth had 5 top-3 finishes in eight Masters begins.

    Spieth was in correct place by means of 11 holes on Friday, too, one over par for the match. However then he splashed two balls within the water on the par-3 twelfth and received up-and-down for a triple-bogey 6. He was nonetheless on the reduce line heading to 18, the place he discovered the golf green bunker, took 4 pictures to achieve the inexperienced and settled for a double-bogey 6. These two massive numbers left Spieth in an unfamiliar place: with no Saturday tee time at Augusta Nationwide.

    Identical right here, Jordan.

    Dylan Dethier

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    Dylan Dethier is a senior author for GOLF Journal/ The Williamstown, Mass. native joined GOLF in 2017 after two years scuffling on the mini-tours. Dethier is a 2014 graduate of Williams School, the place he majored in English, and he’s the writer of 18 in America, which particulars the 12 months he spent as an 18-year-old residing from his automobile and taking part in a spherical of golf in each state.

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