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Bubba just makes it. Defending champion Bubba Watson made the cut – barely – with a two-day total of 148. He’ll be the first one off Saturday morning at 9:25 a.m., playing by himself.
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Simpson doesn’t make it. Webb Simpson, last year’s U.S. Open winner, didn’t make the cut, shooting a 76 Friday for a 5-over 149.
• A favorite spot for fans this week has been the spot off the 10th fairway where Bubba Watson hit his tournament-saving shot in 2012. Although there’s been some talk of someday a plaque being put there, the spot is now marked by several yellow rhododendron leaves that have been laid down among the pine needles.
• Masters chairman Billy Payne was asked this week about the limited amount of time the Masters is televised live, when there is so much of an appetite for it (even Manchester United soccer star Wayne Rooney tweeted about it Friday, asking where he could find the tournament on television hours before it came on).
But Payne thinks it’s best to always leave them wanting more.
“It’s an age-old question, how much TV is enough,” said Payne. “We know everybody wants more. One of the tenets that we hold to most dearly is that it is limited. I think it makes it a little more special. We always have that delicate balance.”
• Tianlang Guan’s story got even better when he was able to make the cut despite being penalized a stroke for slow play. There’s going to be a lot attention paid to the slow-play issue now; it’s one of the biggest problems facing golf.
• The morning and afternoon conditions couldn’t have been any different, with wet and cooler weather early giving way to sunshine and wind later. That made Jason Day’s charge to the lead more impressive. He played in the last group of the day.
Going to be odd watching Bubba Watson playing by himself Saturday. He went from Masters champion to last guy in on cut day. He’s nine strokes behind Day.
“I’m cool, but I can be a jerk, too.”
Fred Couples, when asked about his reputation as being a “cool” guy
“Rules are rules.”
Tiger Woods, when asked about the slow-play penalty assessed against amateur Tianlang Guan
“Lunch. I’m hungry.”
Rory McIlroy, when asked if he was searching for something (presumably in his golf game)
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