Watson, Dufner headline stars missing Open cut

Bubba Watson reacts to a missed putt during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Bubba Watson reacts to a missed putt during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. ( Getty Images )

Friday, June 13, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. – Pine trees at every turn of the head at Pinehurst No. 2, only Bubba Watson didn’t take to them like he does the ones in Augusta, Ga.

For the second time in three years, the lefthander missed the cut at the U.S. Open months after winning the Masters.

Unable to dig himself out of a deep hole after shooting 76 Thursday, Watson bogeyed three times in four holes midway through Friday’s second round, shot 70 and at 6-over 146 missed the halfway cut by one.

He was hardly the only marquee name to check out on Friday, because when the cut fell at 5 over, 67 had advanced. These men didn’t:

LUKE DONALD (77-69): He has now missed four straight cuts in the majors, dating back to last summer’s Open Championship. The Englishman made just three birdies, two of them at the par-3 ninth.

BUBBA WATSON (76-70): For the second time he has followed a Masters win with a missed-cut in the U.S. Open. Then again, this is not exactly his favorite championship as the lefthander in 24 U.S. Open rounds has broken 70 once. He’s now missed the cut in four of his eight starts in this tournament.

CHARL SCHWARTZEL (70-76): The South African was done in by going 8 over in an eight-hole stretch (Nos. 12 to 1). His streak of missed-cuts in the majors is now at three, though it’s just the second time in eight starts that he’s missed out on a U.S. Open weekend.

JASON DUFNER (72-74): From 2 under for his first nine holes Thursday, the PGA Champion played his next 27 holes in 8 over. He’s missed both major cuts this year, after having made nine in a row dating to the 2011 PGA playoff loss to Keegan Bradley.

HUNTER MAHAN (74-72): Deserves a better fate, having played solidly in Round 2. Unfortunately, a two-stroke penalty at his ninth hole, the par-4 18th, cost him dearly. He’s missed the cut in six of his last 14 major starts.

ANGEL CABRERA (74-72): A rough go in the majors this year, because he also left early at the Masters.

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ (72-74): The People’s Choice, perhaps, but this is not his choice of a major championship. He’s now missed five in a row at the U.S. Open and eight of 10. He bogeyed his 15th hole, the sixth, and doubled his 17th, the eighth, to miss by one.

LEE WESTWOOD (75-73): It halts a string of nine consecutive cuts made in the U.S. Open, stretching to 2004. Needing to make something happen after a sloppy start, Westwood doubled his second hole, the 11th, then doubled the par-3 17th.

NICK WATNEY (76-72): He’s missed the cut in five of his eight starts in this championship.

JONAS BLIXT (77-76): Runner-up in his Masters debut, he falls way short in his U.S. Open debut.

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