2017 Masters: Five Golfers Who Disappointed

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Apr 6, 2017; Augusta, GA, USA; Bubba Watson hits from the fairway on the 2nd hole during the first round of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1 Bubba Watson

Writing this post was easy. Making the cut at Augusta? Not so much, at least in the words of a frustrated Watson after Friday’s round.

He later apologized in response to this tweet defending his comments as a joke. No matter how you slice, Bubba’s not a happy camper with his rounds of 74 and 78 to miss the cut by four.

The 2012 and 2014 Masters champ missed his first cut on his ninth trip down Magnolia Lane, which he will access to hightail it back to his home in Windermere if he opts to avoid the weekend’s festivities.

Wherever Watson chooses to go, he’ll have some contemplating to do.

What happened to his form that ascended him to No. 2 in the world and helped earn him nine PGA Tour victories? He hasn’t placed top-10 in a full field stroke play event since April 2016.

Bubba’s still crushing it off the tee at No. 4 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained off-the-tee but his short game statistics are lacking. He’s 206th on Tour in SG around-the-green and No. 199 in SG putting. That’s a bad combination around Augusta’s treacherous greens.

As a whole, he looked baffled this week en route to carding 13 bogeys including four to open his round Friday.

At least he’ll have this incredible putt from Thursday to dwell on:

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Who else among the missed cuts let you down? Will Willett go down with Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman as unheralded Masters champions? Weigh in in the comments section or @progolfnow on Twitter.