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Friday, April 9, 2010

An misses Masters cut

Ben An hit it plenty off the tee in his two Masters' rounds, but the Bradenton Prep senior, who plays and trains at The Concession Golf Club with Jonathan Yarwood, had little else go right.

An shot 78-77 for an 11-over two-day total to miss the cut in his first Masters tournament.

The venerable Augusta National major championship boasts ultra fast, undulating greens, and that's the area that plagued An in both rounds.

He had 64 putts, which was good for an average of 32 putts per round.

Conversely, co-leader near the end of day two, Ian Poulter, had just 54 putts over his two rounds.

Poulter shot 8-under with a pair of 68s, which was 19 shots better than An.

An also hit 18 of 36 greens in regulation, and he finished with three birdies against 14 bogeys for the week.

Yet, he belted the ball nearly 290 yards per drive off the tee.

So, while Bradenton's area golfer is out at The Masters, the tournament still has marquee names left that should make for an exciting weekend.

And An isn't finished competing in major championships or regular PGA Tour stops.

He's scheduled to play the United States and British opens later this year, as part of the exemptions he earned with last year's U.S. Amateur triumph.

An will also play the Verizon Heritage next week at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina.

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