Masters 2012: Notable Names We Won't See at the Weekend
The Masters is possibly the grandest tournament in golf, maybe in all of sport, and it's great to see the best players in the world going at each other over the weekend.
However the best players don't always reach the weekend. In this article, I am going to look at the most notable names that haven't made it to the weekend of the 2012 Masters.
I predicted that last year's runner-up and No. 13 in the world would have a good tournament. He had a good debut last year, and I felt he could be one of those players who would always do well at the Masters due to his game. Unfortunately, this was not the case
His tournament was unfortunately ended by an ankle injury rather than missing the cut. He injured his ankle a week before the tournament, but it was still affecting his play. He finished Day 1 at four over and was one over after seven holes on Day 2 when he pulled. He was struggling to hit the greens with only 14 of 25 in regulation.
Paul Casey was perhaps not a favourite heading into the tournament. Thanks to a dislocated shoulder he suffered on Christmas Eve whilst snowboarding, the 38th seed has only played three tournaments this year, making the cut in just one. Only the most devoted or optimistic fan could have expected a great tournament from Casey.
On Day 1, Casey shot a four-over-par round despite hitting birdies on each of the par fives. The second round would improve, but only barely with Casey managing to score a 75. This would leave him on seven over and way down the field.
Casey seemed to struggle in every facet of the game this weekend and probably hasn't fully recovered from the injury.
I saw a lot of predictions for the Korean heading into this tournament on account of his consistency, top 10 finishes in last two outings and his solid wet weather play. I must say I expected him to finish inside the top 25 although on the lower end.
However, it hasn't turned out that way for KJ. His two birdies in the first round were cancelled out by two double bogeys ruining his round into a 77. Once again the second round would improve but barely, as Choi scored four over par and leaving him very much out of the running.
Rory Sabbatini was definitely not a highly backed one, but I did see a few tips here and there about the South African. He has decent past experience at Augusta, having finished second in 2007, and his scrambling from the rough led many to believe he could contend.
What makes it even more amazing is after one round, he looked solid on even par. He birdied the third hole to put himself on one under, but somehow managed to shoot a 68 over the next 15 holes leaving himself with a round of 80.
The Irishman was not one really expected to compete at the weekend at Augusta. However, it is still quite a notable absence when The Open Champions fails to make a cut of a major while he is still a defending champion. He has never been great at Augusta, last reaching the cut in 2006.
His first day was successful enough being only one over par, but on the second day he would have a nightmare, including eight bogeys and a double bogey. Clarke was below average for his putts per hole as well as greens hit.