​Derek Bard misses cut at Masters

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Virginia junior Derek Bard became the first active Cavalier to compete at the Masters since James Driscoll did so in 2001.

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Virginia junior golfer Derek Bard missed the cut at the Masters after shooting a 5-over 77 in Friday’s second round. With his first round score of 4-over 76, Bard finished the two rounds at 9-over par — three shots behind the cut, which was 6-over.

Bard’s second-round performance was very reminiscent of his first round, in which the back nine took a serious toll on the amateur golfer. Starting the round with a bogey on the first hole, Bard made the turn at 2-over. After recording his first of two birdies on the day on the par-four tenth, Bard bogeyed holes 12 and 15, double bogeyed 16 and bogeyed 17, before closing out the round with a birdie on 18.

Bard wasn’t alone in his second-round struggles. Friday was an extremely tough day on the course for the entire field, with only four of 89 golfers — Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger and Troy Merritt — shooting under par for the day, all four of whom only mustered 1-under 71. Jordan Spieth maintained his lead from Thursday’s first round — his sixth-straight round leading the Masters counting his victory last year — after shooting a 2-over 74. Spieth (-4) will be paired with McIlroy in tomorrow’s round, who he leads by a single stroke.

Bard again finished behind the field in most statistical categories, as he did Thursday. In rounds one and two, respectively, he hit 50 percent and 44 percent of the greens in regulation. He did improve on his putting from Thursday, averaging 1.5 putts per green in the second round.

Bard qualified for the Masters after finishing runner-up at the 2015 U.S Amateur Championships. The winner of the U.S Amateurs, Bryson DeChambeau, is one of only two amateurs to make the cut at the Masters.

Following his return to Charlottesville, Bard will rejoin the Virginia team, which next plays April 16-17 at the Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. He will also have another shot at the majors this summer when he participates in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club — a tournament he also qualified for with his finish at the U.S Amateurs.

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