Masters projected cut: Jason Dufner, Graham DeLaet likely going home early

Rob Carr

With the traditional 10-shot rule in play, and Augusta playing tough so far, it looks like more than 70 players in the 97-man field will get through to the weekend.

UPDATE: A few notable names are headed home early as Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia fail to make the cut at The Masters.

It's still early on Friday at the Masters, but the cut line at Augusta is already taking shape and some big names will be packing their bags early. The early afternoon projected cut has settled at 7-over, with all players at 6-over safe to make it through to the weekend.

Last year, the tournament committee at Augusta National increased the cut limits from the top 44 and ties to the top 50 and ties, keeping in place the traditional 10-shot rule that puts through any played within 10 of the leader. The biggest point of cut drama on Friday last year centered around 14-year-old Tianlang Guan, who snuck through by a stroke via the 10-shot rule. It shouldn't have been so close, but the teenager was penalized a stroke for slow play by grumpy rules official John Paramor, an extremely rare enforcement, especially at the majors.

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The cut settled last year at 5-over, with those at 4-over getting to play on the weekend. Augusta played very tough on Thursday, the most difficult in an opening round by scoring average in several years. There are some players out there posting birdies on Friday, so there's obviously plenty of time for cut line movement both ways.

Jason Dufner is probably the biggest name on the outside, the reigning PGA Champion ruining his shot at back-to-back majors with a quadruple bogey 9 on No. 13 in the first round. Graham DeLaet is another big disappointment. The Canadian was one of the top players in my Masters rookie rankings earlier this week, and is one of the most consistent played on Tour. He'll be back but that ugly first round was definitely unexpected. If it stays at 7-over, here's the current group who will be "trunk slammin," as they say.

Place Player Score Thru
T83
Trevor Immelman
7 10
T83
Derek Ernst
7 9
T83
Peter Hanson
7 5
T86
Matt Jones
8 14
T86
Graham DeLaet
8 10
T86
Tim Clark
8 3
T86
Jason Dufner
8 01:48 PM
T86
Chang-woo Lee
8 12:42 PM
T86
Hideki Matsuyama
8 01:26 PM
92
Branden Grace
9 15
T93
Garrick Porteous
10 13
T93
Jordan Niebrugge
10 1
T93
Craig Stadler
10 11:47 AM
96
Ben Crenshaw
14 1
97
Mike McCoy
17 16

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