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Miserable Masters exit for Sandy Lyle after round of 86

Sandy Lyle in action at Augusta
Lyle could not find the form he showed on Thursday

Sandy Lyle suffered a terrible second day at the Masters, shooting a 14-over-par round of 86.

Having opened with a 69 - his first sub-70 in the event for 18 years - the 1988 champion had high hopes.

However, the 52-year-old Scot plummeted down the leaderboard to have no chance of making the halfway cut on 155.

"From feeling really good, I went to feeling battered and bruised. The first eight, nine holes I was playing with a square golf ball," he said.

Lyle, who sunk a final hole birdie 22 years ago to beat Mark Calcavecchia and win the Green Jacket, had made the cut at Augusta in the last three years.

But for his second round at this year's tournament Lyle's sorry card included a triple bogey, four double bogeys and five bogeys.

In the first five holes alone he scored three double bogeys and two bogeys to stand at eight over for the round.

Par at the sixth was followed by two more bogeys at the seventh and eighth and par at the ninth as Lyle reached the turn in a disastrous 10-over 46.

His game settled down with another two pars on the 10th and 11th, but there was to be no dramatic reversal in his fortunes as he made a triple-bogey six at the famous par-three 12th.

Lyle enjoyed some respite with birdies at the 13th and 15th, the latter among the four holes where he picked up shots on Thursday, when he enjoyed much better fortunes, despite the blustery conditions.

"It's probably about as bad as yesterday being good. Complete both ends of the scale," the two-time major winner added.

To give Lyle credit, he stuck to his task, unlike at Royal Birkdale in the first round of the 2008 British Open when he stormed off the rain-drenched course after reaching the turn in 11-over.

That tantrum may have cost him the captaincy of the European Ryder Cup team for this year, which eventually went to fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie, and he eventually apologised for his premature departure.

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