Former Bulldog Bubba Watson made the cut at the Masters for the eighth consecutive time in the tournament.
The two-time champ at Augusta National is 6-over 150 after posting a second consecutive 75 in Friday’s second round to make the cut on the nose. Watson will play in Saturday’s third round because the afternoon groups came back to the pack. Jordan Spieth shot a 2-over 74 but is still the leader at 4 under.
Watson was often left shaking his head and looking to the sky and wind following wayward shot after wayward shot on Friday. He said the conditions were as challenging as any he has seen at the course.
“The golf course beat me this year,” he said. “I have to improve, get better around this place.”
Watson said he was still affected by a sinus infection and allergies that he discussed earlier in the week. He said even if healthy he could have still missed the cut.
“It just shows I need to improve, get better in windy condition on this course,” he said. “Little mistakes can hurt you in a big way.”
After hitting his drive perfectly on 1, his second shot landed inches from the flag before rolling through the back of the green. His chip barely made it to the green and he bogeyed the hole.
No matter, an eagle on the par-5 No. 2 and Watson could easily move into red numbers.
Once again, his iron play let him down.
After slamming a drive, Watson’s approach splashed into the bunker in front of the flag, leaving him very little green to hit with his third shot. He blasted out to within a few feet. His birdie putt waved at the hole as it rolled past.
Watson tapped in for a par, and that was the end of his chances of winning a third green jacket, but not making the cut.
Overpowering the par 5s, as he did in winning the Masters in 2012 and ’14, is Watson’s advantage on the most in the field. He has played them in 59-under in 28 rounds before this year. In Thursday’s first round he played them in 1 under and played them in par on the first nine on Friday.
Things didn’t improve in the second nine on Friday. Watson birdied 13, but that came after bogeying 10 and 12.
Adding insult to injury, his birdie putt on 18 slipped by the edge of the cup. He tapped in for a par.