What an incredible and emotional start to the years first Major it has been. 2012 champion Bubba Watson leads the pack by 3 after an outrageous back 9 performance and when you look at the leaderboard you do think it is an eclectic mix of bizarreness.
But it is when you see the guys who have missed out on the weekend’s activities that you get dumbfounded. Take a look at some of the notable absentees from the top 25 in the world who missed the cut this year –
Phil Mickelson +5 (No.5 in the world) – Not gone home before the weekend in 16 years. That says it all.
Sergio Garcia +5 (No.6) – Many peoples favourite for the jacket (including ours) so an absolute shock to see him miss by 1 shot. Great season, great record here and yet he churns out a pretty shocking 2 days of golf. 2 bogeys on the final 2 holes ruined it for the Spaniard.
Zach Johnson +6 (No.10) – A former winner here and having an unbelievable season, so in all honesty, a poor performance, after a first day 78.
Dustin Johnson +7 (No.11) – One of our big picks this week. Simply all over the place. On the plus side, gets to go home to the misses quicker!
Graeme McDowell +6 (No.14) – Not hugely suited to the course and without a great record here, so understandably struggled. Still, another world top 20 player though…
Jason Dufner +10 (No.16) – The last major champion in golf started with an 80. That is pretty much unrecoverable, but got to say showed glimpses of brilliance when he had nothing to lose yesterday.
Charl Schwartzel +5 (No.17) – The 2011 champion has been inconsistent this year, but there is no doubting he will be absolutely gutted to have missed out by one. Never really got going.
Keegan Bradley +9 (No.18) – Horrendous second day 78. Not having the greatest season and that shone through this week.
Victor Dubuisson +5 (No.21) – First time here so you cannot say this was a bad effort. The young Frenchman will be challenging in the future, this would have been an amazing experience.
Patrick Reed +8 (No.23) – Well, well, well. Should be compared to Tiger Woods? One of the games elite? No, you tosser, you missed the cut at the very first major since your outlandish remarks. A name many, many, many people will love to have seen packing their bags.
Webb Simpson +5 (No.25) – A former US Open champion missing the Masters is a shock at the end of the day. Started like a train in round 1, shooting to -3 after 3 but double bogeys on the 5th and 16th, pushed him right back. Friday saw just 6 holes with a par, which tells the inconsistent story!