Rose suffers cruel cut in first early exit from Augusta

Justin Rose of England watches his tee shot on the 4th hole. (Reuters picture)

AUGUSTA: World No 1 Justin Rose bogeyed the final two holes to miss the cut by one shot at the Masters on Friday, the first time he has made an early exit in 14 visits to Augusta National.

Rose suffered a cruel lip-out with a seven-foot putt at the 17th hole and then went from bad to worse, hardly touching the hole with a four-footer at the last.

He shot rounds of 75 and 73.

The Englishman’s performance was a surprise since he had arrived at the tournament in fine fettle, seemingly poised to make another tilt at the Green Jacket two years after losing a playoff to Sergio Garcia.

Garcia also bowed out early, along with other former winners Englishman Danny Willett (2016) and South African Charl Schwartzel (2011).

Rose, Garcia and Willett, at four-over-par 148, missed by one stroke, while Schwartzel was two shots over the line.

A total of 65 players made the cut, including defending champion Patrick Reed, who sits on one-under-par.

The nine players who made the cut on the number at three over had reason to thank Adam Scott. The Australian got to eight under until three-putting the 16th hole. Had he finished on eight under everyone at three over would have been eliminated.

Instead, Scott finished at seven over to join a halfway tie for the lead with Jason Day, Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.