Willett missed the cut by only one shot at 7-over-par 151, but he was a combined 6 over par on the first hole alone. He began his title defense with a double-bogey 6 on Thursday and opened with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the second round.
“You’re still a Masters champion,” he said. “There’s still pressure that you put on yourself that people, I guess, put on you to kind of play well. It’s been a tricky 12 months, but we haven’t played great golf.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Ernie Els, likely playing in his last-ever Masters after two heartbreaking runner-up finishes her in his career, followed an opening 72 with a 75 and is tied for 19th place.
“It’s always great to play the weekend,” Mize said.
Two amateurs – U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck (T-45) and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad (T-19) – made the cut.