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Sandy Lyle during the 2012 Father-Son Challenge.
Sandy Lyle during the 2012 Father-Son Challenge.

— Fred Couples was not the only player from the over-50 set to make the cut as 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle put two solid rounds together to make his 16th cut in 32 Masters.

Shooting 72-73 for a 1-over 145, the Scotsman made his first cut at Augusta since finishing T-20 in 2009. Though he trails leader Jason Day by seven shots, Lyle is in good company with Ernie Els, Bo Van Pelt and Zach Johnson, all T-30 through two rounds.

“Any time you make the cut at Augusta, you're really happy,” Lyle said of his accomplishment ...

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Dustin Johnson during the second round of the 2013 Masters.
Dustin Johnson during the second round of the 2013 Masters.

— Dustin Johnson’s game seems well-suited for Augusta National, a fact confirmed when he took the lead at Augusta National on Friday.

Johnson, who shot 67 Thursday to sit one shot off the lead, took the lead after a birdie on the par-5 13th that got him to 7 under par for the tournament.

He made bogey at the next hole, then double-bogeyed the par-5 15th after laying up and hitting his short third shot into the water in front of the green. He also made bogey at the par-4 17th for the second consecutive day and closed ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Tianlang Guan during the second round of the 2013 Masters.
Tianlang Guan during the second round of the 2013 Masters.

— Tianlang Guan shot 75 Friday to finish at 4-over 148. The 14-year-old's fate will now be in the hands of the tournament's leaders. Guan, 14, was tied for 63rd when he finished his round. The Masters cuts its field to the top 50 and ties and all players within 10 shots of the lead. There was a five-way tie for the lead at 4 under par when Guan finished his round. The cut would be 6 over par if the lead stays at 4 under.

Guan made bogeys at Nos. 4, 7 and 17 and had ...

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Angel Cabrera during the second round of the 2013 Masters.
Angel Cabrera during the second round of the 2013 Masters.

— Angel Cabrera could shatter his own record this weekend. Cabrera is the lowest-ranked player ever to win the Masters. He was No. 69 in the Official World Golf Ranking when he won the green jacket in 2009.

Cabrera, 43, now ranks 200 spots lower in the OWGR. He is in contention for a second green jacket after making birdie on four of his final five holes Friday. He shot 69 for a 4-under 140 total.

"For me, Augusta is never easy," Cabrera said. "Never, ever easy. The big difference was that (during) the back nine, I was hitting ...

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Phil Mickelson takes shelter under an umbrella on No. 2 at Augusta National during the second round of the 2013 Masters, with weather becoming a factor early Friday.
Phil Mickelson takes shelter under an umbrella on No. 2 at Augusta National during the second round of the 2013 Masters, with weather becoming a factor early Friday.

— It wasn't the strength, but the fickle direction, of Friday's wind at Augusta National that made scoring so difficult. Throw in tougher hole locations and you have sufficient explanation for higher scores in the Masters' second round. “This golf course is so penal if you miss your spots,” Martin Laird said after Friday’s 73. “You have a 5-yard circle to land the ball, and when the wind is blowing . . . it makes it a lot harder to get close to pins or even get it on the surface.”

Laird expected the wind to be blowing left-to-right ...

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Sergio Garcia (right) walks down the fourth fairway with Adam Scott during the second round of the Masters.
Sergio Garcia (right) walks down the fourth fairway with Adam Scott during the second round of the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta National’s steep slopes are a little slicker this morning as the anticipated rain has arrived. White signs with the words “Caution: Slippery When Wet” lined where spectators walk right of the first fairway.

Instead of mingling under the large oak tree in front of the clubhouse, patrons huddled under the veranda for shelter from the rain. Nathan Smith, awaiting his 10:56 a.m. tee time, pantomimed swings under the tree as his father and caddie, Larry, held an umbrella over their heads.

Security guards wore clear plastic ponchos, while the club’s green-and-white umbrellas were ...

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Jeff Babineau
Trevor Immelman during the first round of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.
Trevor Immelman during the first round of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.

— It’s only been five years since South African Trevor Immelman slipped a green jacket over his shoulders at Augusta National Golf Club, becoming the first South African to win the Masters since Gary Player. Sometimes it must seem like some other lifetime ago.

His Masters victory at age 28 was expected to propel Immelman to the next level. But it simply hasn’t happened. That was his last victory on any worldwide tour.

Initially, he had some health issues, including right wrist surgery in 2009 that ground his momentum to a halt. Slowly, his ballstriking has returned ...

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Rickie Fowler talks to Jason Day during the first round of the 2013 Masters.
Rickie Fowler talks to Jason Day during the first round of the 2013 Masters.

— Rickie Fowler's scorecard Thursday was about as colorful as his clothing. Fowler made two double-bogeys, an eagle and six birdies to shoot 68. He parred just half his holes, but is in contention at Augusta National and that is all that matters.

Fowler's day began with a double-bogey at the first hole, but he made four birdies on the first nine to turn in 34 strokes. Another double-bogey came at the 10th: He had to hole a 12-foot putt for 6 on the par-4 after hitting his approach shot into a bush. He took a penalty ...

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Amateur Guan Tianlang, of China, tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the Masters.
Amateur Guan Tianlang, of China, tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tianlang Guan's surprising play has been the exception on a difficult day for the Masters' amateur participants. The first four amateurs to post scores all shot between 76 and 78. U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox was paired with Bubba Watson on Thursday, and was just one shot worse than the defending champion, but that is because Watson shot 75 and Fox fired 76. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith and U.S. Amateur Public Links champ T.J. Vogel both shot 77. Smith's chances of making the cut for the first time in his fourth ...

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Bubba Watson reacts on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters.
Bubba Watson reacts on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bubba Watson struggled to properly gauge the speed of Augusta National's famed putting surfaces Thursday, resulting in a 3-over 75 for the defending champion. He made just one birdie, at the par-5 second hole, and four bogeys.

"I hit the ball really well. I can't complain about my ballstriking. I had four three-putts. Well, it's really three three-putts and one was on the fringe, so I can count it as a three-putt, but the stats won't count it as a three-putt. So four three-putts.

"I never got the speed right, never got the ball ...

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Lee Westwood chips to the 17th green during the first round of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.
Lee Westwood chips to the 17th green during the first round of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.

— Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood overcame double-bogeys Thursday to shoot 70 in the first round at Augusta National.

It was Westwood’s wild ride on the first hole. He drove into the left trees, then punched out to 50 yards short of the green. That third shot found a slope and rolled off the green. His chip shot ran 15 feet by and he missed the bogey putt. Snedeker made his double on No. 5 after snap-hooking his drive into uncharted territory.

Snedeker and Westwood were on the short list of expected contenders at this year’s Masters ...

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John Peterson at the 2012 U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Springfield, Ohio.
John Peterson at the 2012 U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Springfield, Ohio.

— John Peterson followed the legends off the first tee at Augusta National on Thursday, then put together an impressive round to open his Masters debut. Peterson shot 71 in the day's first group, which teed off immediately after the ceremonial tee shots of Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

“I was hoping they’d leave their balls in the fairway so I could pick them up,” Peterson joked.

He parred his first 12 holes before two-putting for birdies at the two par-5s on Augusta National’s second nine, Nos. 13 and 15. He three-putted the 17th ...

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Martin Laird during the final round of his 2013 Valero Texas Open win.
Martin Laird during the final round of his 2013 Valero Texas Open win.

— Martin Laird has a small traveling party at this year's Masters. That's what happens when you earn your invitation just four days before the tournament begins. Laird wasn't invited to the Masters until Sunday's victory at the Valero Texas Open.

"It's just myself, my wife (Meagan) and my caddie (Shay Knight) in the house I got," said Laird, a Scotland native. "No one else is really coming this week because it was such short notice and people can't get here and get off work. It will be a more relaxed, quieter Masters ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Rory McIlroy walks with amateur Michael Weaver to the 15th green during a practice round for the Masters.
Rory McIlroy walks with amateur Michael Weaver to the 15th green during a practice round for the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range Wednesday morning if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round. McIlroy obliged, and the Cal redshirt junior added another cool story to his Masters week.

His lineup thus far: Nick Watney, Jason Dufner, Luke Donald, Fuzzy Zoeller, Robert Garrigus and McIlroy.

“It’s (about) getting comfortable,” Weaver said. “Getting rid of the intimidation.”

Cynthia Vining can’t believe how relaxed he is this week. Vining has ...

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Golfweek Staff
Bubba Watson acknowledges the crowd after making a hole-in-one on the 16th hole during Wednesday's practice round.
Bubba Watson acknowledges the crowd after making a hole-in-one on the 16th hole during Wednesday's practice round.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a practice round on Wednesday.

Playing the 160-yard hole that has been aced 15 times in Masters history - including two last year (Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott) - Watson reportedly used a 9-iron to record the ace.

According to ESPN.com, Watson says it was his third hole-in-one.

He played the morning round with Scott Piercy, who told ESPN.com that Watson "flagged it. Kind of gave it the lean, 'Go in.' . . . Arms in the air, big smile ...

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