Guan survives the cut; Will Aussies rule?

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AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - Six former Masters winners and another quintet who each won at least one of the three other major championships won’t be around for the weekend at Augusta.

But the biggest story related to the cut was still Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese sensation whose 4-over score _ which included a one-stroke penalty for slow play _ left him in the field of 55 players heading out for round three Saturday.

There were few surprises among the past Masters champions heading out of town. Mike Weir was the youngest of the group at 42, and his golf game hasn’t been sharp for a while.

Among the major winners departing were three former British Open winners _ Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen _ and defending U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

The biggest surprise, in fact, may have been Hunter Mahan. He shot 82 after an opening-round of 76 left him in a tough spot.

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AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE: An Australian golfer has never won the Masters.

On the other hand, they’ve lost a few in heartbreaking fashion, most famously perhaps by Greg Norman _ twice.

But if there’s ever a year that appears to have their name on it, this is the one. Jason Day leads the tournament at 6 under and Marc Leishman is tied for second a stroke back. Adam Scott is in a crowd of seven players tied for seventh at 3 under, followed by John Senden, who is part of a six-way tied for 14th at 2 under.

“If you look at it as pressure, you’re going to worry about it more,” Day said. “If you look at it as a challenge and an opportunity to be the first and stay positive with it, you know, it only motivates you to play well.”

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FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: Bill Haas wasn’t the only guy who made an eagle _ there were 11 in all Friday.

His short iron that bounced twice and rolled straight into the cup at the 460-yard, par-4 ninth wasn’t even the only eagle that came from the fairway; there were three of those.

But Haas’ was the only one almost upstaged less than a minute after he knocked it in. Haas had barely finished high-fiving his caddie when a fan yelled at his playing partner, Jason Dufner, “Put it in, Duf!” _ and he nearly did.

Dufner’s approach landed just inches left of the hole, and as the gallery around the green roared, it rolled out to four feet. As consolation, though, Dufner, made the birdie putt.

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