The Masters: Sandy Lyle left cursing his putting

Sandy Lyle opened with a four-over round of 76 at the Masters.  Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Sandy Lyle opened with a four-over round of 76 at the Masters. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

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Sandy Lyle bemoaned putting woes as Tom Watson gave himself a chance to say goodbye to The Masters on Sunday rather than at halfway.

Making his 35th appearance in the event, 1988 champion Lyle opened with a four-over 76, dropping shots at the third, fourth, eighth and 18th on a day when he was unable to make a birdie. Poor putting was the reason for that.

“I thought I played pretty steady golf but then 35 or 36 putts is not going to help getting the job done, so that’s a little disappointing,” he said. “I thought that anywhere around a 72 or a 73 was reachable if I had putted sensibly.”

Two-time winner Watson is calling it a day in this event after his 43rd outing here. The 66-year-old has only made the cut once in the last 13 years, but has an opportunity go out in style if he can back up an opening 74.

“Not bad for old folks, but I wish I’d played a little bit better to get in a little bit better position to make my goal, making the cut,” said Watson.

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