TEN dropped shots in 12 holes during a fatal second round prematurely ended Marc Leishman’s bid to become the second Australian to win the US Masters.
The Warrnambool professional led the biggest tournament in world golf after three consecutive birdies to start day two at Augusta National on Friday.
But the encouraging start proved a false dawn, as six bogeys and two double bogeys meant he signed for 79 to go with his opening-round 70.
His five-over 149 left him in equal-52nd at the halfway mark, missing the cut by one shot.
The top-50 plus ties qualified for the weekend action.
“Obviously disappointing to finish the way I did. The wind caught me on a lot of holes,” Leishman told reporters.
Americans Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson were equal leaders at five-under going into the final round last night.
John Senden was the best-placed Australian at one-under while defending champion Adam Scott is six shots off the pace at one-over.
Watson insists that despite his young age, 20-year-old Spieth will not be overawed when they tee off together in the anchor pairing of the final round.
“He’s young, nerves are no big deal to him,” Watson said.