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April 12, 2014

End of the road for Lefty

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rory McIlroy took off his cap, rubbed his brow and let out a deep sigh.

After rolling in a testy 4-foot putt at the 18th hole, he was one of the fortunate ones Friday.

He gets to keep playing on the weekend at Augusta National.

Not so for Phil Mickelson, who missed the Masters cut for the first time since 1997 after making a mess of three holes. Lefty took triple-bogey on two of them, a double-bogey on another, and wound up with one stroke too many.

“I didn’t play great. I didn’t play bad,” Mickelson said. “I keep making these triples. They’re tough to overcome.”

He wasn’t the only big name headed home.

The last major champion, PGA winner Jason Dufner, missed the cut by six shots.

Former Masters champions Zach Johnson, Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel were on the wrong side of the line, too.

Ditto for Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Luke Donald.

“Just made some silly errors here and there,” said Els, whose 2-over 74 left him with a 5-over 149, which like Mickelson was one shot more than he could afford. “I’m actually driving it well, doing a lot of things well, but just getting in my own way here and there.”

Mickelson dug himself a big hole with a 76 on Thursday, marred by a triple-bogey 7 at the seventh and a double-bogey 7 at the 15th. In the second round, his undoing was the par-3 12th, where Lefty deposited his tee shot in the front bunker, whacked the next over the cup into a back bunker, then put his third shot back in the front bunker. He finally got it on the green and two-putted for a 6.

Mickelson had six birdies and played 33 of the 36 holes at 3 under. Those other three holes did him in, and a 73 Friday not quite good enough.

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