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UTC's Fox misses cut at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRCB) -- Steven Fox wished all week his first invite to the Masters would never end.

Unfortunately for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior, his debut at one of the game's most historic sites didn't even make it to the weekend.

Fox turned in a disappointing 9-over 81 in Friday's second round and missed the cut at +13 for the tournament.

"You can't have a bad week at Augusta from an amateur's perspective," said Fox, reflecting on his week-long experience. "It's every kids' dream and I got to live it. I was happy to live it and I'll be back here one day."

Fox's final card Friday showed quite an eventful journey. He didn't record a birdie while fighting through seven bogeys and one double-bogey.

Putting was once again a struggle for the reigning U.S. Amateur champ, who recorded 36 putts in his second 18 after needed 31 to finish in Thursday's opening round. His day included two three-putts, erasing a solid day of ball-striking that saw Fox hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation.

"I hit the ball pretty good this week, but the putter let me down," he said. "If I putted decent today, I wouldn't have made the cut, but it wouldn't have been an 81. I was comfortable out there, but the swing went a little bit."

Fox struggled from the start with a bogey at No. 1.

He three-putted at the par-4 fourth to move to 2-over for the day, then ran into bunker trouble en route to a double-bogey at No. 5.

He closed his front nine with another bogey to make the turn at +5 for the day, then added four more on the back nine before bowing out from the year's first major.

Fox finished fifth in the field of six amateurs. All missed the cut except for 14-year-old Chinese phenom Tianlang Guan, who advanced to the weekend on the cut-line at +4.

Jason Day is the 36-hole leader at six-under par, 138. He leads former champion Fred Couples and Australian countryman Marc Leishman by one. The trio of former champ Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk and Nashville's Brandt Snedeker are two behind at minus four.

Fox plans to remain in Augusta to watch the final two rounds with his family. Then the focus shifts to finding his way back between the ropes at the hallowed grounds in the future.

"I know I can compete out here. I know I have the game to hang with this field. The putter just needs to get hot," he said. "Hopefully I'll be back here again."

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