Out of the six Australian golfers who began at the 2012 US Masters, just three of them are playing over the weekend.
Jason Day has withdrawn from the US Masters, and John Senden and Bryden MacPherson missed the cut leaving just three Australians playing Augusta National this weekend.
The three playing on the weekend
Adam Scott saw a birdie putt shave the hole on 18, then missed the putt coming back to see a potential round of 68 end up as a 70. He is at 1-over for the tournament and not out of it.
The best of the Aussies is Aaron Baddeley who is just three shots off the pace. He had his round going perfectly courtesy of birdies and the second and third, but a triple-bogey on the fifth sent him careering down the leaderboard. Baddeley showed his patience around Augusta and a birdie on 18 will give him good confidence going into the weekend.
Geoff Ogilvy will be frustrated. His even par round 72 included four birdies and four bogey’s but his putter is letting him down. In truth, he isn’t out of the tournament but needs to finish off his great work to get a look at a green jacket this year.
And those who aren’t
Jason Day played just seven holes today before his injured ankle forced him to withdraw. Injured while training, the ankle was deemed a problem by those who saw him warm up earlier in the week and it was no surprise to anyone to see him withdraw.
John Senden has missed his first cut since August last year but it is the third time he has failed to make the cut at the US Masters. Senden’s opening triple bogey today didn’t help matters but it was his putter that failed to fire.
Bryden MacPherson is heading home but notch this one up for experience. The young amateur will no doubt soon turn professional and has a big future ahead of him. We may just see him back at Augusta some day. Stay tuned.