Apr 7th, 2017
Danny Willett crashes out of Masters
Only second defending champ to miss cut
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Danny Willett began his Masters title defence yesterday with a double bogey and was even worse on the opening hole this morning. He was in the trees short right of the first green and could only bump his third shot low and at pace across the putting surface.
His short game then proceeded to collapse and he ran up a quadruple bogey eight, taking him from one over par to five over for the tournament.
Having fought his way back into the tournament yesterday, the defending champion slumped to +7 and became the first defending champion to miss the cut since Mike Weir in 2004.
"We've had two fabulous years and then you have a little bit of a downturn and it feels like the world is coming to an end," Willett said.
"Playing Augusta at the weekend would be nice with the good weather coming in, but we had that in our own hands and unfortunately we let that slip."
Other big names who missed the cut include reigning Open champion Henrik Stenson, plus former Masters winners Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.
Seven other Britons - Chris Wood, Tommy Fleetwood, Russell Knox, Ian Woosnam, Tyrrell Hatton, Sandy Lyle and amateur Scott Gregory, plus Ireland's Shane Lowry - also failed to make the weekend.