The cut fell at +3 this year and a few very notable players failed to better that mark:
Rory McIlory will have to wait another year to attempt to win the career grand slam.
Matt Kuchar has been solid for years at the Masters despite not winning, but this year he missed the cut.
Another player who has historically been a factor deep into the weekend at Augusta National is Jason Day, until this week.
Former champions who missed the cut include Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett, Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, Larry Mize, Bernard Langer.
Bruce Koepka was visibly struggling to read putts and walk following a recent knee surgery.
Lee Westwood has been one of the hottest golfers on the planet recently, but couldn’t carry that momentum into Augusta.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Jason Day and how close he has come to winning majors over the last few years. The psychology of winning majors is tough. You know he has the physical tools to win one, but has yet to overcome the psychological part.
Think about the two winners this week on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, Jason Day and Danny Willett. Both of those players were on the top of the leader board in the Open Championship 1.5 weeks ago. All due respect to the RBC Canadian Open and the Omega European Masters, but I think Day and Willett won partly because there was much less pressure than in a major.
Not sure about Willett, but I do believe Day will win a major at some point. But I think the pressure and psychology of coming so close time after time make winning a major tougher and tougher.