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Johnson no longer defending champion after missing Masters cut

By Andrew Both

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson’s quest to affix an unique group of back-to-back Masters champions ended lamely when he bogeyed the ultimate two holes and missed the midway cut on Friday.

He had some notable firm in exiting early, with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka despatched packing from Augusta National, but it surely was Johnson’s poor efficiency that the majority dissatisfied the native followers.

He grew up close by throughout the state border in South Carolina, barely an hour’s drive alongside the Interstate 20 freeway, and arrived right here with excessive hopes of emulating Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Tiger Woods (2001-02).

But Johnson made an extended three-putt bogey on the penultimate gap to fall exterior the cut line and needing to birdie the final, he drove right into a bunker and was unable to achieve the inexperienced along with his second shot.

He shot 75 for five-over 149, missing the cut by two photographs, and blamed poor placing for his demise.

“Six three-putts in two rounds, you just can’t do that,” he stated. “You take all the three-putts away, I’m one-under.

“My pace was terrible. I simply left it quick from 10 ft there on the final gap.”

Koepka, only a month removed from knee surgery, also blamed poor putting for his demise, though he still found time to say hello to leading NFL player Larry Fitzgerald next to the 17th green.

“How dissatisfied do you suppose I’m?” Koepka said when the question was posed after he carded a five-over 149 total.

“The putter was ice chilly. I did not make any putts. They felt good coming off the face, however they did not even sniff it.”

Koepka stated he would take an extended break in a quest to rehabilitate his knee for the following main, the PGA Championship subsequent month.

McIlroy, in the meantime, missed the Masters cut for the primary time since 2010, along with his hopes of finishing the profession grand slam dashed for an additional yr.

His destiny was sealed by a penalty stroke after a sliced method shot into shrubs on the tenth gap led to a double-bogey.

He shot 70 for six-over 150.

(Reporting by Andrew Both)

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