Augusta may be the most hallowed of golf temples, a vast expanse of green, but there's no room anywhere for sentimentality. Some of the biggest names of bygone years are watching the rest of the proceedings from the exact same spot as the rest of us.
Those on the outs include former champions here such as Sandy Lyle, Mike Weir, Ben Crenshaw, Jose Maria Olazabal and others. That's not surprising, since the Masters invites back past champions who are long past their green jacket-winning days.
However, there are some younger big names in the mix, major winners like Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington and Lucas Glover. Martin Kaymer, the world No. 1, didn't exactly do his ranking proud with his abysmal Augusta play. And Graeme McDowell, pictured there at right, he of the dramatic U.S. Open win and the rundown of Tiger Woods in the Chevron in December, couldn't make a putt to save his life on Friday, when one single birdie would have had him playing through the weekend.
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Yes, with both Woods and Phil Mickelson in the mix, as well as Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia, the Masters will be long on Sunday star power. Still, that illustrious list of MCs* above shows us that success among the azaleas can be fleeting indeed.
*-That would be "missed cuts." We can't attest to their rhyming skills, though we bet Sandy Lyle could rock a mic.