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    Friday Notebook: Cut Claims Big Names

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    Oliver Goss of Australia putts out on No. 10 during the second round.
    Oliver Goss, the U.S. Amateur runner-up from Australia, made the cut by one stroke on Friday and will be the lone amateur playing the weekend. Thereby, the University of Tennessee golfer earns the Low Amateur honor.
     
    Goss shot a 1-under-par 71 on Friday to place T37 at 3-over 147. The cut for the Masters Tournament came at 4-over-par 148.
     
    Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland survived Friday escapades into the woods and against a fence on the fourth hole and a ball that caromed off a sprinkler head into the azaleas on No. 13 to make the cut on the number at 4-over after a second-round 77. He is joined at that number by Australia’s Jason Day.
     
    Eleven former champions made the cut. Also among those playing on the weekend are six players age 50 or older – Sandy Lyle, Fred Couples, Larry Mize, Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
     
    1987 champion Mize made his first cut in five years, firing an even-par 72 to sit at 2-over par heading into the weekend.
     
    “I kind of got relaxed this week,” Mize said. “You know, just play and have a good time. I didn’t [expect to play this well].”
     
    Those who missed the cut included three-time champion Phil Mickelson, 2007 champion Zach Johnson, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and former Augusta State golfer Patrick Reed.
     
    Mickelson was one stroke out of playing on the weekend at 5-over. Much of that accumulated on three holes – a triple bogey on the par-4 seventh and a double bogey on the par-5 15th on Thursday and a triple bogey on the par-3 12th on Friday.
     
    The Friday trouble occurred when he went from the front bunker to the back and returned to the front before two-putting for the 6. It was his first missed Masters cut since 1997, ending a 16-Tournament streak, second among active players only to Tiger Woods (17).
     
    Fast Starts Mean Trouble: Fast starts have not been rewarded in the first two rounds.

    On Thursday, Simpson birdied the first three holes to move to the top of the leader board. But double bogeys on Nos. 5 and 15 led to a 74. Marc Leishman started the same way on Friday but went on to card six bogeys and two double bogeys en route to a 79.

    Louis Oosthuizen played the second-nine par 5s in 1-over-par on Friday in unusual fashion. He eagled No. 13 after hitting his approach shot close and made triple-bogey on No. 15 after hitting his third shot into the water fronting the green from behind the green, then three-putting.

    Branden Grace recovered nicely from his first-round 84, the worst round of the day, with a 69 on Friday (15 shots better). The most contrasting start in Masters history belongs to Craig Wood, who started 88-67 (21 strokes better) in 1936.

    Sang Moon Bae became the 20th player in Masters history to eagle the par-5 15th hole in both his first and second round. But he became the first in that group to miss the cut, as he finished his Friday at 5-over-par.

    Denmark's Thomas Bjorn fired a 4-under 68, tying for the low round of the day and sitting four shots behind the lead. He finished with four birdies in his final five holes, with a bogey sandwiched in between.

    “I felt comfortable on the golf course today, and that’s always a sign that you’ve got a good idea of where your golf swing is and how you’re hitting the ball,” Bjorn said.

    Quotable: “I’m not much of a Friday fist bumper, but I don’t think I ever shot in the 60s around here.” - Lucas Glover, when asked if his fist bump after holing his birdie putt on No. 18 was the most emotion he would display. He shot 69.

    Compiled by Masters.com staff