In another tweet, former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell wrote: “take the fact that it is Tiger out of the equation and it is a fair ruling.”
Defending champion Bubba Watson just did make the cut of 4-over 148 after what he described as a second round of “Bubba Golf.” His scorecard for his 73 included seven birdies, six bogeys and one double bogey.
“It just comes down to the greens are slower than we’re used to,” he said. “I’m used to it being a lot more difficult and different pin placements and the ball was just not rolling like I thought.”
Why were the greens so slow?
“I just play golf,” he said. “I don’t know how to grow grass.”
Watson was the first man off the tee Saturday and played with noncompeting marker Jeff Nixon, an Augusta National member. Needing only three hours and 20 minutes to get around, Watson posted his best round of the week, a 70 that left him at 2-over 218.
Guan plays on
Six amateurs started the tournament and only one — 14-year-old Chinese eighth-grader Tianlang Guan — made the cut. Guan posted a 77 Saturday, his worst round of the week, but at least he was still playing. Many of the game’s top names were not so fortunate.
Among the missing on the weekend was Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion and runner-up in the 2012 Masters. He posted 6-over 150 with rounds of 74-76 and was among the 32 players who failed to qualify for the final two rounds. McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, also said goodbye, at 5-over 149.