Notables who missed the Masters cut

Greg Norman walks to the 18th green during the second round of the 2009 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Greg Norman said he played better this week than he did at last summer’s British Open and missed the cut by two shots Friday at the Masters.

Norman, who played in the Open’s final group last year at Royal Birkdale and finished tied for third, followed a first-round 70 with a 77 that included a back-nine 40 that Norman said “just got away from me for some crazy reason.”

Norman played a solid round Thursday, making three birdies to only one bogey. Friday, he made the turn in 37 and after a birdie on the par-3 12th, stepped to the 13th tee 1 over on his round, 1 under for the tournament.

That’s when Norman’s group, including Bernhard Langer and Lee Westwood, was warned for slow play, which Norman said “kind of threw me out of rhythm for a little bit.”

On his third shot on the par-5, the Shark found the water and ended up making a double-bogey 7. (A few groups later, Phil Mickelson reached the 15th green in two with driver, 9-iron.)

“It was kind of one of those things in the game of golf, and I really didn’t recover from there,” said Norman, who also blamed poor putting, which led to 31 putts Friday.

“I’m just disappointed,” he said. “I felt like I did a really good job right up until the 13th hole.”

Needing to play his last five holes in even par to make the weekend, Norman bogeyed 14 and 17, making us all wonder again if the Shark had just played his last round at the Masters.

“I thought I played better this week than I did in July that’s for sure. I played very well, that’s for sure.

“I played well, I didn’t score well and that’s the end of that.”

But when the cut fell at 1-over 145, Norman wasn’t the only notable casualty:

• Ernie Els couldn’t recover from an opening 75 and missed the cut for a third straight year at Augusta.

• Stewart Cink backed up a 69 with a 78 that included back-to-back doubles at 10 and 11 and a bogey-bogey finish as he missed the cut in a major for a third straight time.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Twitter, Cink posted: “Headed back to Atlanta after unsuccessful Masters. Started back nine with In-N-Out Burger: Double Double.”

• Having tied the Masters record for making 23 consecutive cuts, Fred Couples (73-73) has now missed the cut two straight years. He finished birdie, birdie, but was one too high.

• Adam Scott double-bogeyed the par-5 13th and par-3 16th and missed the cut by one. He’s now missed three straight cuts for the first time in his PGA Tour career.

• Sitting at 3-under early in his round, two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal played his final 10 holes in 5-over to miss the cut for the third time in five years.

• Retief Goosen’s stretch of seven consecutive top-20 Masters finishes has come to an end as he missed the cut by one.

• Zach Johnson, the 2007 champion, went out in 40 and came home in 40 for an 80 that sent him from a share of 20th to four shots outside the cut. He’s now missed the cut in three of the last four majors.

• Danny Lee, the No. 1 amateur in the world, six-putted and made 9 on the 10th hole – the highest number on that hole in Masters history – and shot a second-round 81 to finish 10 shots off the cut. Even more surprising, Lee, winner this year of a European Tour event, finished last of all the amateurs – in his last event as an amateur.

– Jim McCabe contributed

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