There is always disappointment at golf’s biggest major. The 2013 Masters has been no different at this point. Defending champions, tournament favorites and some of the biggest names in the sport are struggling to stay above Friday’s cut line on the leaderboard.
Some of the best in the world buckle under the pressure to perform under on the gigantic Augusta stage. There is still some golf to be played this weekend, but here are the biggest disappointments so far.
Phil Mickelson (+3)
Putting oneself in a hole early is never a desired outcome. That’s especially true when vying for a green jacket at Augusta against the best the world has to offer.
A second-round 76 isn’t acceptable for Mickelson, who wants to, and is expected to, be contending at the top of the leaderboard.
Lefty may be down after a disappointing second round, but the veteran giant is never truly out of contention. We’ll see how the weekend plays out before we start sounding the panic alarms.
Hunter Mahan (+14)
American golfer Hunter Mahan shot a respectable 76 on the opening day of the Masters. His day-two implosion (82) resulted in the end of his weekend, though.
Mahan was nobody’s favorite to leave Augusta with a green jacket, but his performance still leaves much to be desired. The 30-year-old is a good competitor despite never winning a major on the PGA Tour.
In 2012, Mahan jumped to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Rankings after a win at the Shell Houston Open. That made him the highest-ranked American on the list. This year, Mahan’s second-place finish at the Accenture Match Play Championship pushed him into the 21st position in the rankings.
Bubba Watson (+5)
Defending Masters Champion Bubba Watson limped his way through on Day 1 with an opening round 75. Last year, the 34-year-old American jumped to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Rankings after earning his green jacket at Augusta. Now, he's sitting at No. 14 and could make a significant leap after a repeat victory.
Watson, though, is currently toeing the cut line as he approaches Amen Corner. If he hopes to keep himself in contention over the weekend, he is going to have to re-capture some of the magic that led him to victory just one year ago.
All scores are current as of 5:30 p.m. ET on April 12.