Willett blows up on first hole, could miss Masters cut

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Danny Willett of England plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament on April 7 in Augusta, Georgia (AFP Photo/DAVID CANNON)

Danny Willett of England plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament on April 7 in Augusta, Georgia

Danny Willett of England plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament on April 7 in Augusta, Georgia (AFP Photo/DAVID CANNON)

Augusta (United States) (AFP) - Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett scored a quadruple bogey on the treacherous first hole on Friday at the Masters and could be heading home after just two rounds.

Willett, who won the 2016 Masters with a bogey-free final round of 67 at Augusta National, fired his tee shot onto the lip of a fairway bunker at the deceptively simple slight dog-leg hole.

His troubles continued when he fired into the rough on his approach shot and nearly tumbled into the bunker as he lost his balance.

Before finally sinking his putt, the 29-year-old Englishman added to his woes by overshooting the green which is notoriously tough to putt and described as "really challenging" by former Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia.

Willet was six shots over par after 13 holes of the second round while the projected cut line stood at five-over -- which could mean Willett will be the first defending champion since Canadian Mike Weir in 2004 to miss the Masters cut.

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