Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy weren't the only heavy hitters who struck out the first two days of the Masters. There are major winners and elite golfers who were favored by Vegas that will not see the weekend at Augusta.
Sergio Garcia was on his way to shedding the dubious title of "best player in the world without a major championship." Unfortunately he's going to have to keep waiting. Garcia posted rounds of 74 and 75, which is a shame since he came into this tournament with nearly as much momentum as anybody in the field—three top 10s in the last four tournaments and he ranks No. 1 in scoring average on tour and No. 1 in scrambling.
Jason Day was a heavy favorite coming in after a pair of top-three finishes in the last three years, as well as a bundle of other top-10 finishes in the majors in the last few seasons. Coming off six weeks of recovery from a thumb injury, Day simply wasn't sharp, and his rounds of 75 and 73 proved that. His time may come at Augusta, just not this year.
How much longer can we wait for Dustin Johnson to reach his potential in a major championship? When he's on, there may be no player as versatile and deadly as Johnson, who has five top-five finishes in his last seven events since winning the WGC-HSBC Championship in October. Johnson, though, was a no-show at this Masters.
Others who underachieved:
Phil Mickelson: 76-73 (+5)
Rory McIlroy: 71-77 (+4)
Keegan Bradley: 75-78 (+9)
Graeme McDowell:72-78 (+7)
Zach Johnson: 77-72 (+5)
Charl Schwartzel: 73-76 (+5)