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Golf: Michael Weaver’s birthday gift from Masters — the weekend off after failing to make cut

Cal junior golfer Michael Weaver told me last week there was just one thing he wanted for his 22nd birthday: A Saturday tee time at the Masters.

Weaver, who turned 22 today, won’t get his wish. He birdied two of the final four holes he played Friday and improved four strokes from the day before — but won’t make the cut.

The first Cal golfer to qualify for the Masters while a student at Berkeley, Weaver shot 78-74-152, finishing eight-over-par for two days. The cut line was being projected as 148.

Weaver needed a near miracle after his rough Thursday debut at Augusta, Ga., but had bogeys on two of the first three holes in round two. He carded two more bogeys through 14 before delivering birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 to finish with a flourish.

Jeff Faraudo