Record number of 50-year-olds make Masters cut


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fred Couples is 54 years old and he’s tied for seventh place at the Masters. Look into it. It's well documented. But he also leads a pack of six 50-year-olds who made the cut this year, a Masters record by two.

“Can a 50-year-old win here,” Couples asked. “I think so. I’m one of them.”

Aside from Couples, Larry Mize (55), Vijay Singh (51), Bernhard Langer (56), Miguel Angel Jimenez (50) and Sandy Lyle (56) all made the cut. Of the group, only Jimenez has not won the Masters.

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“You never know in this game,” Lyle said. “I played with (Jack) Nicklaus at age of 46 and he won his last Masters and they all kind of crossed him off as getting a bit too old and not competitive.

“I’m a bit older than that now. But I’m strong enough and I’m long enough off the tee and, as long as the putter behaves itself, I’m not going to say we’ll threaten the leaders possibly, but a good finish in the top-20 would be very nice.”

The previous record of four men in their 50s making the cut at the Masters happened in 1962, 1990, 1993 and 2013.