Donald's 'dumb mistake' tops stars' woeful play
AUGUSTA, Ga. – It went from bad to worse for Luke Donald on Thursday at the 78th Masters.
After finishing what he thought was a rough 5-over 77, he entered the scoring building and was told that he was being assessed a two-shot penalty because his club touched the sand on the ninth hole before a shot.
His first bunker shot at the par 4 failed to make it out and in between the sand shots, his wedge touched the sand.
He took to Twitter to explain:
"Pretty dumb mistake. I can accept the odd poor shot but making a mistake like that is pretty frustrating and so unlike me.....
"Oh well, nothing I can do about it now, brush it off and try and make a bunch of birdies tomorrow."
Donald wasn't alone in needing to pile up some birdies Friday, as there is an impressive list of players who are in danger of missing the cut, which is the top 50 players and ties, as well as those within 10 shots of the lead:
• Jason Dufner made a mess of the par-5 13th hole, posting a quadruple-bogey 9 after his third shot from left of the green scared the hole, but kept trickling past and eventually fell off the green and settled on the edge of the creek. Dufner failed to get that shot to the green and it rolled back into the water, forcing him to take a drop. He'd take his drop about 60 yards from the hole – on the 14th tee box – but it didn't help, as he chunked what would be his sixth shot. He'd then send his seventh shot about 40 feet past the hole and he two-putted to move to 7 over. He nearly eagled the par-5 15th, only to pick up bogeys on Nos. 16 and 18 to fire an 80, his worst round at Augusta National by five shots.
• Dufner wasn't the only big name to fire an 80, as Graham DeLaet and Hideki Matsuyama suffered the same fate. Matsuyama, the low amateur at the Masters in 2011, had matching 40s in his worst career round at Augusta National.
• The group at 78 (T-80) includes past champions Zach Johnson and Angel Cabrera;
• The group at 77 (T-75) includes Dustin Johnson and Par 3 Contest champ Ryan Moore;
• The group at 76 (T-67) includes Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose;
• The group at 75 (T-53) includes Keegan Bradley, Jason Day and Ernie Els.