Defending champ Dustin Johnson misses cut as Justin Rose hangs on to Masters 2021 lead

Second round: Olympic champ Rose leads by one shot, Kim pars last four holes despite breaking putter

By ZK Goh

World golf number one and defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson became the third reigning champion in five years to miss the cut at Augusta after a three-over 75 second round.

The American suffered a double bogey and five bogeys – including three over the last four holes – on Friday (9 April) to post a combined five-over score through 36 holes, 12 shots back from leader Justin Rose.

Johnson joins Spain's Sergio Garcia (won in 2017, missed cut in 2018) and Danny Willett of England (won in 2016, missed cut in 2017) on the list of recent defending champions to fail to qualify for the weekend.

Four-time major winners Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (six-over) and American Brooks Koepka (five-over) were also cut.

Meanwhile, Rose shot even-par 72 for the day to maintain his tournament lead at seven-under.

His advantage over Americans Brian Harman and Will Zalatoris is just one shot, after Harman recorded a three-under round of 69 and Zalatoris a four-under 68.

There are 10 players within three shots of Rose, including Kim Si-woo of South Korea despite an extraordinary end to his round in which he was forced to putt using his three wood.

Frustrated with his putting, Kim broke his putter on the 15th green. However, he recovered to make par on the last four holes despite using the wood.