After two rounds at the 2017 Masters, the field has been whittled down with 40 players being sent home for missing the cut line of six-over par.
It's not surprising the cut line is as high as it is, both because Augusta National has played difficult each of the past two years and high winds Thursday and Friday have made it hard to navigate the course.
The revised cut rules for the Masters established in 2013 state the top 50 players (including ties) and anyone within 10 shots of the leader makes the cut.
Here's the full list of players who missed the cut at the Masters:
|2017 Masters Cuts (Cut Line: +6)|
|Billy Hurley III||+7|
|Rafa Cabrera Bello||+8|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||+9|
|Si Woo Kim||+12|
Here's the Masters leaderboard:
Danny Willett, who stunned everyone to win last year's Masters, is going home after 36 holes. His second round got off to a horrendous start with an eight on the first hole, raising his score to four-over par, and he hit another bogey on the front nine.
Per Justin Ray of the Golf Channel, the first hole has been a nightmare for virtually the entire field through two rounds:
After donning the green jacket in 2016, Willett becomes the ninth defending Masters champion to miss the cut. Mike Weir was the last to be sent home after 36 holes in 2004.
Even though Willett had a bad 36 holes, he can take some comfort in faring better than Bubba Watson. The two-time Masters winner followed up his 74 on Thursday with a 78 today, including a run of five bogeys in the first six holes that left him with an impossible hole to climb out of.
After an abrupt exit from Augusta, Watson appeared to be frustrated based on his post-round comments, per Gene Sapakoff of the Post and Courier:
Since winning his second Masters in 2014, Watson has struggled with two finishes outside the top 35 in 2015 and 2016. This year marks his first-ever missed cut at the tournament since 2008.
Henrik Stenson is the highest-ranked player to miss the cut. The 41-year-old, who is No. 5 in the official world golf rankings, shot a 75 Friday for a two-day score of eight-over par. It was still an improvement over his opening-round 77.
This continues an alarming downward trend for Stenson. He has now missed three consecutive cuts and has just one top-10 finish in a PGA Tour event this calendar year. The Masters has been a problem for him throughout his career with no top-10 finishes in 12 appearances.