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Bubba Watson goes on birdie spree at the Masters
APTOPIX Masters Golf Heal
Bubba Watson tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 11, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) - photo by Associated Press


Bubba Watson        69-68—137    -7
John Senden        72-68—140    -4
Thomas Bjorn        73-68—141    -3
Jonas Blixt        70-71—141    -3
Adam Scott        69-72—141    -3
Jordan Spieth        71-70—141    -3
Fred Couples        71-71—142    -2
Jim Furyk        74-68—142    -2
Jimmy Walker        70-72—142    -2
Jamie Donaldson    73-70—143    -1
Stephen Gallacher    71-72—143    -1
Russell Henley        73-70—143    -1
Kevin Stadler        70-73—143    -1
Kevin Streelman    72-71—143    -1
G. Fndez-Castano    75-69—144    E
Lucas Glover        75-69—144    E
Matt Kuchar        73-71—144    E
Louis Oosthuizen    69-75—144    E
Brandt Snedeker    70-74—144    E
Lee Westwood        73-71—144    E
K.J. Choi        70-75—145    +1
Stewart Cink        73-72—145    +1
Henrik Stenson    73-72—145    +1
Steve Stricker        72-73—145    +1
Mike Weir        73-72—145    +1
Steven Bowditch    74-72—146    +2
Brendon de Jonge    74-72—146    +2
Rickie Fowler        71-75—146    +2
Bill Haas        68-78—146    +2
Bernhard Langer    72-74—146    +2
Hunter Mahan        74-72—146    +2
Larry Mize        74-72—146    +2
Thorbjorn Olesen    74-72—146    +2
Ian Poulter        76-70—146    +2
Justin Rose        76-70—146    +2
Vijay Singh        75-71—146    +2
a-Oliver Goss        76-71—147    +3
Billy Horschel        75-72—147    +3
Thongchai Jaidee    73-74—147    +3
M. Angel Jimenez    71-76—147    +3
Martin Kaymer        75-72—147    +3
Chris Kirk        75-72—147    +3
F. Molinari        71-76—147    +3
Nick Watney        72-75—147    +3
Gary Woodland    70-77—147    +3
Darren Clarke        74-74—148    +4
Jason Day        75-73—148    +4
Sandy Lyle        76-72—148    +4
Joost Luiten        75-73—148    +4
Rory McIlroy        71-77—148    +4
Jose M. Olazabal    74-74—148    +4
Failed to qualify
Sang-Moon Bae    72-77—149    +5
Luke Donald        79-70—149    +5
Victor Dubuisson    74-75—149    +5
Ernie Els        75-74—149    +5
a-M. Fitzpatrick    76-73—149    +5
Sergio Garcia        74-75—149    +5
Marc Leishman    70-79—149    +5
Phil Mickelson        76-73—149    +5
Ryan Moore        77-72—149    +5
Charl Schwartzel    73-76—149    +5
Webb Simpson    74-75—149    +5
Harris English        74-76—150    +6
Zach Johnson        78-72—150    +6
Graeme McDowell    72-78—150    +6
D.A. Points        78-72—150    +6
Ian Woosnam        77-73—150    +6
Ken Duke        75-76—151    +7
John Huh        75-76—151    +7
Dustin Johnson    77-74—151    +7
Hideki Matsuyama    80-71—151    +7
Angel Cabrera        78-74—152    +8
Graham DeLaet    80-72—152    +8
Derek Ernst        76-76—152    +8
Matt Jones        74-78—152    +8
David Lynn        78-74—152    +8
Matteo Manassero    71-81—152    +8
Mark O'Meara        75-77—152    +8
Patrick Reed        73-79—152    +8
Keegan Bradley    75-78—153    +9
Robert Castro        73-80—153    +9
Branden Grace        84-69—153    +9
Trevor Immelman    79-74—153    +9
a-Chang-woo Lee    80-73—153    +9
Jason Dufner        80-74—154    +10
Y.E. Yang        77-77—154    +10
Matt Every        77-78—155    +11
a-J. Niebrugge        81-74—155    +11
Scott Stallings        75-80—155    +11
a-Garrick Porteous    76-80—156    +12
Boo Weekley        73-83—156    +12
Tim Clark        79-78—157    +13
Peter Hanson        78-81—159    +15
Craig Stadler        82-77—159    +15
Tom Watson        78-81—159    +15
a-Michael McCoy    78-83—161    +17
Ben Crenshaw        83-85—168    +24

Tee Times (Saturday)

    10:15 a.m. — Rory McIlroy
    10:25 a.m. — Jason Day, Joost Luiten
    10:35 a.m. — Jose Maria Olazabal, Darren Clarke
    10:45 a.m. — Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sandy Lyle
    10:55 a.m. — Billy Horschel, Gary Woodland
    11:05 a.m. — Chris Kirk, Martin Kaymer
    11:15 a.m. — a-Oliver Goss, Francesco Molinari
    11:25 a.m. — Nick Watney, Thongchai Jaidee
    11:35 a.m. — Bill Haas, Thorbjorn Olesen
    11:55 a.m. — Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler
    12:05 p.m. — Steven Bowditch, Brendon de Jonge
    12:15 p.m. — Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
    12:25 p.m. — Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer
    12:35 p.m. — Steve Stricker, Larry Mize
    12:45 p.m. — Mike Weir, K.J. Choi
    12:55 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Stewart Cink
    1:05 p.m. — Lee Westwood, Brandt Snedeker
    1:15 p.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
    1:35 p.m. — Lucas Glover, Matt Kuchar
    1:45 p.m. — Kevin Stadler, Jamie Donaldson
    1:55 p.m. — Stephen Gallacher, Russell Henley
    2:05 p.m. — Jim Furyk, Kevin Streelman
    2:15 p.m. — Fred Couples, Jimmy Walker
    2:25 p.m. — Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth
    2:35 p.m. — Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt
    2:45 p.m. — Bubba Watson, John Senden

    AUGUSTA — Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.
    Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead over John Senden.
    There's nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.
    "It's not science here," Watson said. "It's try to hit the greens. And if you're hitting the greens, that means you're obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that's all I'm trying to do is just hit the greens ... maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That's what I've done the last two days and it's worked out so far."
    Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.
    Senden qualified for the Masters a month ago with his win at Innisbrook. After a rugged start, he played the final 14 holes with six birdies and no bogeys for a 68 that puts him in the last group at a major on the weekend.
    Adam Scott also made a late recovery with three birdies on the back nine to salvage a 72, along with his hopes to join Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win back-to-back at Augusta. Scott was four shots back at 141, along with Thomas Bjorn (68), Jonas Blixt (71) and Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old from Texas who looked solid on the mystifying greens and shot a 70.
    "Bubba is tearing it up," Spieth said. "So we've got to go get him."
    The chase includes the ageless Fred Couples, who won the Masters a year before Spieth was born. Couples, cool as ever at 54, had another 71 and was five back.
    Woods, who missed the Masters for the first time in 20 years because of back surgery, won't be the only guy watching on television. Phil Mickelson made another triple bogey — three shots from the bunkers on the par-3 12th hole — for a 73 and missed the cut for the first time since 1997. So did Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner.
    Rory McIlroy nearly joined them. He hit one tee shot over the fourth green, past the head of Adam Scott on the fifth tee and into the bushes for a double bogey. Another shot hit a sprinkler head and landed in the azaleas behind the 13th green. He had to make a 6-foot par putt to make the cut at 4-over 148.
    Watson seems further away from the field than just three shots.

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was nine shots behind, but not ready to give up because the leader often comes back to the field — although he admitted that former champs are less likely to collapse.

"But there's no give on this golf course," Rose said. "The hole can start looking awfully small, and those lakes can start to look awfully big."

The only thing that looked big to Watson was the size of the cup.

His birdie streak started and ended with a 9-iron to short range on par 3s — 3 feet on the 12th, 4 feet on the 16th. He got up-and-down for birdies on the par 5s. And in the middle of that great run was a putt that defines the vexing greens of Augusta.

Watson had a 40-foot putt on the 14th hole that probably traveled 50 feet after it turned nearly 90 degrees to the left and rolled into the cup. Just his luck, Garcia had a chip shot that rolled over the spot where Watson had marked his putt and showed him the way.

"Without Sergio's chip, I probably would have three-putted it," Watson said.

That's really the only break he needed in the second round. His golf is amazingly simple for such a complicated personality. Watson, whose victory at Riviera in February was his first since the 2012 Masters, said he was helped by not having all the attention on him this week. He didn't have to host the Champions Dinner. He didn't have to go through the process of returning the green jacket.

Even so, the Masters is just getting started.

The 36-hole leader goes on to win the Masters just over one-third of the time, and only two players — Mike Weir in 2003 and Trevor Immelman in 2008 — have done it since 2000. And while Watson is a major champion, this will be the first time he sleeps on the lead at a major.

"It's starting to get pretty easy to drop shots out there," Scott said. "Tomorrow is a big day for everyone."