Three double bogeys cost Mickelson cut at Masters
By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson lamented his poor course management after compiling his worst ever score at Augusta National, a seven-over 79, to miss the cut after the second round at the Masters on Friday.
On a day when metaphorical train wrecks were not exactly a rare commodity, few made more costly mistakes than Mickelson.
The three-times champion ran up three double bogeys, at the seventh, 15th and 16th holes, to miss the cut by one stroke at seven-over 151, just his third early exit in 24 starts here.
"I just threw away a lot of shots. This is the worst I've managed myself around this course," the 45-year-old American said.
"I love this tournament so much, and I've been playing so well, to come in and make some of those mistakes and the doubles and stuff that I made today is very disappointing.
"I know it was tough, but it wasn't as tough as I made it look. It was very playable. The guys that played well got rewarded and the guys who did dumb stuff like I did shot a big number."
Mickelson's first double bogey, at the par-four seventh, came after he got too cute with a greenside bunker shot and left his ball in the sand.
The next debacle, at the par-five 15th, came after he prudently laid up with his second shot, only to chunk his third into the pond guarding the green. Continued...