The Masters 2021: Dustin Johnson’s reign at Augusta Nationwide ends with missed lower

The Masters 2021: Dustin Johnson’s reign at Augusta Nationwide ends with missed lower

4 of the world’s high 12 gamers — Johnson, No 10 Patrick Cantlay, No 11 Koepka and No 12 McIlroy — all missed the lower.

The Masters 2021: Dustin Johnson's reign at Augusta National ends with missed cut

Dustin Johnson, who gained The Masters title in 2020, missed the lower this time round. AP

Augusta: Dustin Johnson is scheduled to be in Butler Cabin on Sunday night, draping the inexperienced jacket over the shoulders of the Masters champion.

That’ll be his solely official look at Augusta Nationwide this weekend.

Johnson — the world No 1 participant and reigning Masters champion — bogeyed three of his closing 4 holes Friday and missed the lower by two pictures. He is the eleventh defending champion to overlook the 36-hole lower; it has occurred 12 earlier instances, with Seve Ballesteros doing it twice.

“Clearly, I needed to be round for the weekend,” Johnson stated. “I like this golf course. I really feel like I play it very effectively. I simply did not putt superb. It is fairly easy.

Johnson was the largest — although hardly the one large title — to drop out.

Lee Westwood’s streak of 12 consecutive cuts on the Masters appearances is over; he was 5 over. So is Rory McIlroy’s run of 10 consecutive instances taking part in the weekend at Augusta Nationwide; he was 6 over and his quest to finish the profession Grand Slam will wait till 2022 at the very least. And Brooks Koepka goes house early for the primary time in six Masters appearances.

The highest 50 gamers and ties make the lower on the Masters; this 12 months, that was 3 over, or 10 pictures again of chief Justin Rose.

Koepka got here to Augusta Nationwide lower than a month faraway from surgical procedure on his proper knee, to restore a dislocated kneecap and a few ligament points. If it wasn’t the Masters, he would not have performed this week — or for a number of extra weeks.

This being Augusta, he took a shot. He shot 75 on Friday, lacking the lower by two strokes at 5 over.

“How upset do you assume I’m?” Koepka stated. “I labored my (butt) off simply to get right here, after which to play like that is fairly disappointing.”

Johnson’s absence is clearly the largest shock.

He shot a 74 on Thursday and left himself no margin for error down the stretch Friday — then wanted a miracle that by no means arrived. Johnson’s tee shot on the par-4 18th landed in a fairway bunker, his method did not even make the inexperienced and his chip that he wanted to gap out to play the weekend did not come shut.

That was the top, although not the totality of the undoing.

Johnson reached the inexperienced on the par-5 fifteenth in two — albeit briefly, with the ball spinning again down the slope, into the water and resulting in a bogey that put him proper on the lower line of three over.

A tee shot into the pine straw on the seventeenth led to a different bogey. Earlier than lengthy, it was official. After setting the Masters scoring file final November, ending 20 beneath, his title protection got here to an abrupt finish.

“I simply did not putt very effectively,” Johnson stated.

Sergio Garcia, in 2018, was the newest Masters champion to return the subsequent 12 months and miss the lower; that was the 12 months he made a 13 on the par-5 fifteenth gap, matching the very best rating on any gap in Masters historical past.

Garcia missed the lower once more this 12 months, by only one shot, after making bogey on two of his closing 4 holes.

“Clearly, it is disappointing as a result of I like the Masters,” Garcia stated. “If I did not find it irresistible, I would not care. You realize, it is simply — it might be good to get a little bit bit extra love from the course typically, you recognize?”

4 of the world’s high 12 gamers — Johnson, No 10 Patrick Cantlay, No 11 Koepka and No 12 McIlroy — all missed the lower. So did top-20 participant Sungjae Im, who tied for second final 12 months, and Dylan Frittelli, who was tied for fifth at Augusta Nationwide final November. Im wasn’t even shut, taking pictures 77-80 to overlook by 10 pictures, and Cantlay was 8 over to overlook the lower by 5.

Some made it for the primary time, together with Matt Jones, who shot a 3-under 69 on Friday and received to 1 beneath for the week.

“To make the lower was at all times the primary objective,” Jones stated.

Such was the case for everyone. And for 34 of the 88 starters, it work out that manner.

“That is the best way it’s,” Garcia stated. “Typically, issues do not need to occur.”

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