Tom Watson misses Masters cut
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Like Freddie Couples, Tom Watson knows all about turning back the clock.
He just couldn't do it again Friday at the Masters.
Less than three years after thrilling old guys everywhere by making a run at his sixth British Open title at 59, Watson had a chance to hang around with the kids for the weekend at Augusta National. He wasn't in the lead like Couples, but was on the cutline with two holes to play.
He bogeyed both 17 and 18 and finished at 7-over 151. The cut was 5 over, and the 63 players who made it were the most since 1992.
"It's disappointing," said Watson, 61. "It's very disappointing because I knew what I had to do and I didn't do it."
Watson said a bad drive did him in on 17, and he found mud off the tee on 18. He needed to carve his second shot around a tree, and "just didn't have that shot."
Asked if he took any consolation for playing so well when most guys his age were essentially done after the front nine the first day, Watson said, "I'd feel a lot better if I made the cut."
Among the others who suddenly found themselves with a free weekend were former champions Mike Weir, Jose Maria Olazabal and Larry Mize, all of whom joined Watson at 7 over. Bernhard Langer, who has two green jackets, finished at 8 over. Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa, who got a special exemption to the Masters, finished at 9-over 153. Sandy Lyle, the 1988 champion, posted the worst score, a 20-over 164.
Randal Lewis, who at 54 was believed to be the oldest first-timer at Augusta National, also missed the cut. But the Mid-Amateur champion, a financial adviser from Alma, Mich., did break 80, shooting a 78 that left him at 15-over 159.
Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters winner, made the cut right on the number thanks to a birdie on 18. Kelly Kraft joined fellow amateurs Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Cantlay after making a clutch bogey putt on 18.
"I knew I had to make it," Kraft said. "This is what I stayed an amateur for, to play in this. Now I get to play all four rounds, so it's even better."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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2012 champion: Bubba Watson
Course: Augusta National Golf Club
Where: Augusta, Ga.
Yardage, par: 7,435 yards, par-72
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