Sunday, September 26

Sergio García does not pass the cut in Augusta

  • The player from Castellón is left out by a blow, like other illustrious such as McIlroy, Im, Westwod and Johnson, defender of the title

  • Rahm arrives on Saturday 7 strokes behind the leader, Rose, and Olazabal will play the weekend at 55 years old

Heads and tails for Spanish golf at the conclusion of the Augusta Masters second round with the cut pass achieved by Jon Rahm and José María Olazabal, while Sergio García was eliminated. The defender of the title and world number 1, the American, did not pass the cut either. Dustin Johnson (11th current champion who does not achieve it) or other illustrious such as the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (12th), the South Korean Sungjae Im (19th) and English Lee Westwood (20th).

García (72, par) stayed in the fight until the end to stay in the tournament that won in the 2017 edition after starting the tour with birdies in the first five holes. But García also went overboard with his second blow in 15, leaving with a bogey, a result that he repeated in 17 and with a cumulative of 148 (76 and 72, +4), failing to finish with a birdie. , said goodbye to the Masters by a blow.

No luck on Seve’s birthday

“Has been many shots that were good shots and ended up in bad places. It is a pity. Today the truth is that I have played at a very good level and to do two or three under par, “said Garcia, who he hasn’t made the cut here since his win in 2017. “If the putts that you throw good do not want to enter and the little bit of luck that you need here and there goes backwards, this field punishes a lot. Unfortunately, it has punished us,” said the Castellón, who arrived at Augusta in the position 40 of the world ranking.

“Today I hit him as I have been hitting him in recent months and doing things very well. With the putt this week it was all tie and brushing. This is the most positive of the week,” said Sergio García, who the previous edition delayed to November 2020 had been lost, after testing positive for coronavirus. “It annoys me a lot because I feel that I have not played to play the court, but it is what destiny wanted. Unfortunately, Seve has not been able to help me much,” Garcia said in relation to the deceased Severiano Ballesteros, winner of two Masters, who would have had his birthday this Friday.

Rahm, 7 strokes from Rose

Rahm (72) was never comfortable in the Augusta National Golf Club, watered so that he was not so hard, and he showed it with another low card that he gave to be in the weekend’s competition and have the opportunity to recover his best game. The world number three that accumulated 144 hits (pair), seven behind the leader, the Englishman Justin Rose, had clear chances to have hit up to two eagles, but in the end Rahm’s putts weren’t good.

Rahm, as always, tried everything, but this time few things went well for him, perhaps the great birdie he achieved on the 17th hole, where he showed the class and genius he possesses when he is on the field. Then his performance was clouded with a ball into the water and into the bunker, which did not leave him much room for recovery.

“There are moments. I’m hitting good shots, but you have to be so accurate and walk so tight this week, that that meter or meter and a half can cost you a lot,” Rahm said after his round. “There have been several holes in which I have been on the defensive and it shows. Tomorrow it will take a low lap to get into position and not have to perform a miracle on Sunday,” commented the world number three. “We will have to be a little more aggressive, but within what is possible. This field is going to penalize you if you go back.”

Fireproof Olazabal

But it would be Olazabal, twice champion of the Augusta Masters, who gave the first joy of the day by delivering a signed card of 71 strokes (-1), which allowed him to accumulate 146 (+2) and once again enjoy a weekend in a field of great memories for him and Spanish golf. The veteran golfer from 55 years, making his 32nd appearance in the first major of the PGA Tour season, had not been able to break the cut since 2014 when he finished 34th.

Olazabal, although he started the day with two consecutive bogeys, on holes 3 and 4, was reunited with his best shots from the tee and sentenced on the green with two putts in the eighth and ninth that gave him the first two birdies of the game. But Olazabal again lost his adjustment on the fast green of the tenth hole to commit what would be his third and last bogey of the day.

Because he reacted immediately in par 4 of the 11th and achieved the birdie that gave him all the confidence to reach 14th and also do the same that ensured a final record of four birdies and three bogeys that allowed him to get on the way to the weekend competition. Olazabal recovered 12 places in the provisional classification to place 40th.

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“I imagine that these conditions with the greens a little harder and the course rolling a little more, it looks like it was played before. Someone like Chema with the short game that he has and with how accurate he is with the irons, it will be very good for him ”, said Rahm celebrating the result of his compatriot. “At his age and playing the way he is playing. I played today with Rory McIlroy, who takes him 60 meters from the tee and has not made the cut. I hope he has a good weekend and I do a few, and we get together on Sunday to give a scare to those above ”, concluded the Barrika golfer smiling.

Classification after the second round on Friday (par-72):
1. Justin Rose (ENG) -7 (65-72)
2. Brian Harman (United States) -6 (69-69)
. Will Zalatoris (United States) -6 (70-68)
Marc Leishman (AUS) -5 (72-67)
. Jordan Spieth (United States) -5 (71-68)
6. Cameron Champ (United States) -4 (72-68)
. Tony Finau (United States) -4 (74-66)
. Si Woo Kim (KOR) -4 (71-69)
. Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) -4 (69-71)
. Justin Thomas (United States) -4 (73-67)
. Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) -4 (74-66)
12. Xander Schauffele (United States) -3 (72-69)
13. Corey Conners (CAN) -2 (73-69)
. Collin Morikawa (United States) -2 (73-69)
. Ryan Palmer (United States) -2 (74-68)
. Cameron Smith (AUS) -2 (74-68)
17. Stewart Cink (United States) -1 (74-69). Bryson DeChambeau (United States) -1 (76-67)
. Viktor Hovland (NOR) -1 (73-70)
. Matt Jones (AUS) -1 (74-69)
21. Abraham Ancer (MEX) 0 (75-69)
. Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 0 (74-70)
. Tommy Fleetwood (ING) 0 (74-70)
. Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) 0 (72-72)
. Shane Lowry (IRL) 0 (71-73)
. Robert MacIntyre (OCS) 0 (74-70)
. Jon Rahm (ESP) 0 (72-72)
. Henrik Stenson (SWE) 0 (73-71)
. Michael Thompson (United States) 0 (72-72)
. Brendon Todd (United States) 0 (73-71)
. Bubba Watson (United States) 0 (74-70)
40. José María Olazábal (ESP) 2 (75-71)

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