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Mickelson misses Masters cut for first time since 1997

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On the same date that he twice won the coveted green jacket, in 2004 and 2010, Phil Mickelson's run of making 16 straight Masters cuts finally came to an end.

Along with several other big names -the ones fancied to be crowned champion - Mickelson carded an inconsistent 73 to drop to 5-over-par after his two rounds at Augusta National.

However, Mickelson remained positive, telling Sky Sports: "It was okay. I didn't play great. I didn't play bad. I just had one bad hole there at 12 [a 6]. I keep making these triples, they're tough to overcome. But the golf course was awesome today. I thought it was a fun challenge. There were some birdie pins out there. If you played well you could make some birdies."

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Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia are also out at the halfway stage after they both finished 5-over-par. Donald went round in 70, 2-under for the day, but a bogey at the unforgiving last, combined with a 79 on Thursday, scuppered his chances of going beyond Friday evening. Likewise, Garcia bogeyed the last two holes to go around in 75.

Donald said: "After yesterday's disaster, it was a good comeback today. I had to be a little more aggressive on certain holes. I did that for the most part. I made five birdies out there today, I really had a hard little grind."

Fellow Brit and US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick agonisingly missed the line. The 19-year-old needed a birdie on the par-4 last but, after the perfect drive and approach into the green, his 12-footer narrowly whizzed past the cup and he was left to tap in for par and a 5-over score after two rounds, the same as Victor Dubuisson.

Two-time runner up Ernie Els will not get the chance to better his record, also bowing out at 5-over, along with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel, while Graeme McDowell ended his week a further shot behind at 6-over. Zach Johnson made 72, but the damage was done in his 6-0ver first round of 78.

Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson both laboured to 75 and 74 respectively and will not continue. Angel Cabrera and David Lynn both missed the cut on 8-over, while Jason Dufner's misery continued as he left the Masters aftr two rounds at 10-over.

Boo Weekley's weekend was wrecked following a second round of 83, an 11-over card that, combined with yesterday's 73, means he will not return for round three.

Former champions Tom Watson and Craig Stadler leave after two rounds at 15-over-par.

American amateur Michael McCoy finished 17-over with a 78 and 83, while two-time champion Ben Crenshaw was the only player below him on 24-over-par, following his two scores of 83 and 85.

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