AUGUSTA, Ga. — The last time
Coming into the week, Mickelson had never made a triple at the 12th and had twice as many birdies there (16) as double bogeys. But a weak tee shot Friday put him in the front bunker, and a three-shot beach party began.
"There was no sand where I was," Mickelson explained. "I caught the liner of the bunker and bladed it across the green. And the same thing happened on the other side. It went back and forth. Three bunkers before I finally got it to stay on grass."
They're out too
Mickelson wasn't the only big name headed home.
The last major champion, PGA winner
Former Masters champions
"Just made some silly errors here and there," said Els, whose 74 left him tied with Mickelson, 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."
Of the six amateurs in the field, only England's Oliver Goss made the cut at three over.
Jordan Spieth already has proven to be a quick study.
Spieth joined the mix at the Masters on Friday with an eight-foot eagle putt on the par-five 15th, and a shot that settled within tap-in range for birdie on the 18th hole. That gave him a two-under 70 and left him only four shots behind going into the weekend.
Is anyone surprised by this? Spieth sure wasn't.
"No, I don't think so," he said. "I've been playing against these guys, and this caliber field,
Spieth played his first major last summer at the
The Masters was his favorite major as a kid, and one of his mentors is two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.
"This was a big goal of mine this year, to get in contention at a major," Spieth said. "And the Masters being the one that I dreamt about since I was who knows how old, that's going to leave more emotion out there. Mr. Crenshaw says it best. The Masters brings out emotion in guys that aren't emotional.
"I'm already emotional and I got to keep it on the down low."