Columbus' Larry Mize makes cut at the Masters

Mize finished tied for 30th in 2009

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionApril 11, 2014 

ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/Augusta ChronicleLarry Mize lines up a putt.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Larry Mize made the cut Friday at the Masters for the first time since 2009.

The Columbus resident, 55, shot an even-par 72 on Friday and stands at 2-over 146.

The cut was at 4-over 148. The low 50 scores and ties made the cut.

"It's always great to be playing on the weekend," Mize said. "It's been … geesh, it's been a few years. I've been looking forward to this week all year to get back to playing on a weekend. I'm excited to be playing."

Mize finished tied for 30th in 2009.

Bubba Watson, a former Georgia golfer and the 2012 Masters champion, shot a 68 on Friday and stands at 7 under with a 3-shot lead.

Mize, who defeated Great Norman and Seve Ballesteros in a sudden-death playoff to win the Masters in 1987, said he didn't see this coming because he hasn't been playing well this year.

Mize said he and his instructor, Mark Immelman, who is the Columbus State golf coach, have been working hard this week on all facets of the game, especially his putting, because he said he wanted to get some momentum for next week in the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Whatever they were doing worked. Because of his practice, combined with the experience has gained from playing in 95 rounds at the Masters, Mize needed 28 putts on Thursday and 23 on Friday.

"I kind of got relaxed this week and said play and have a good time," he said.

Mize, who made two birdies and four bogeys on Thursday, had three birdies and three bogeys Friday.

He birdied 6, 8 and 15 and bogeyed 7, 12 and 14.

Mize is one of six over-50 golfers to make the cut. Four are past champions -- in addition to Mize, Fred Couples (2 under), Bernhard Langer (2 over), Vijay Singh (2 over) and Sandy Lyle (4 over) made it. Miquel Angel Jimenez, who turned 50 in January, is at 3 over.

"Well, you know, I think anytime you come back to where you've won and had success, you have good feelings," Mize said. "You know, there's definitely local knowledge here and experience is a big factor on this golf course."

-- Kevin Price contributed to this report

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