Masters champ Watson bounces out of US Open

Last updated 15:45 14/06/2014
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BUBBA BOUNCES: Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson missed the cut at the US Open.

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Bubba Watson's quest to complete the rare Masters-US Open double never left the launch pad as he missed the cut at Pinehurst on Friday (local time).

Watson dug his own grave with an opening 76 and an even-par 70 today proved too little, too late, as he fell one shot shy of qualifying for the final two days of the year's second major.

His love affair with Augusta National, where in April he won his second green jacket in three years, does not carry over to Pinehurst No. 2, as he freely admitted.

He does not like the look of the course and thinks the greens are too small to suit his game.

''I'm still preparing myself for the rest of the year,'' he said after mixing four birdies with four bogeys in his second round.

Only five players have won the Masters and US Open in the same year, most recently Tiger Woods in 2002.

Other notables to miss the cut included former world number ones Lee Westwood and Luke Donald and reigning PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.

Westwood had made the cut in his past nine US Open appearances but he could not extend his stellar record after shooting rounds of 75 and 73.

He is considered one of the best players not to have won a major, despite several close calls.

At 41, time is not on his side.

Fellow Englishman Donald, on the other hand, has a poor US Open record.

A tie for eighth last year is his only top-10 finish in 11 attempts.

He finished at six-over this year, the same score as Dufner, who tied for fourth in the past two US Opens and came into the event in top this year form having lost a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational three weeks ago.

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