Masters 2012: Amateurs Show Well, 3 Make The Cut

The amateurs are a big part of The Masters, with tournament organizers honoring the legacy of Bobby Jones, the greatest amateur to play the game, by inviting six non-professional players each year. They earn the right to play in golf's first major of the year, get to stay in the Crow's Nest and can even earn a little hardware by winning the competition among the amateur players for the low score.

Three amateurs advanced to the weekend, with one separating himself from the pack. Asian Amateur Champion Hideki Matsuyama leads the way on the amateur leaderboard, finishing up his second round at 1-over for the tournament. Matsuyama easily made the cut, while the other two had a few nervous moments.

Kelly Kraft stood over this putt on 18, needing to make it to continue on in The Masters. The putt was for bogey, and at 4-over Craft was just barely above the cut line of 5-over. For an amateur playing at Augusta National, it had to be a nerve-wracking moment.

Kraft handled it like a pro, burying the putt and earning the right to play the final two rounds at The Masters.

Patrick Cantlay, widely regarded as the best amateur in the world, also made the cut, finishing his second round at 5-over for the tournament. Bryden Macpherson, Corbin Mills and Randal Lewis, perhaps the oldest amateur to play in The Masters at 54 years old, all missed the cut.

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