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The Masters: Bubba Watson takes commanding 36-hole lead

Bubba Watson birdied five straight holes on the back nine to take a commanding three-shot lead heading into weekend play at The Masters.  Watson birdied holes twelve through sixteen before bogeying the eighteenth for a four-under 68.  He is at seven-under total.

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The course will continue to firm up with no precipitation in the forecast, and Watson’s prodigious length will give him a huge advantage.   As a former champion with a three-shot lead, he is in the driver’s seat with 36 holes to play.

Australian John Senden sits in second place at four-under total.  He fired a four-under 68 with six birdies and two bogies.  Senden won the Valspar Championship in March for his first win since the 2006 John Deere Classic.

Adam Scott, Thomas Bjorn, Jordan Spieth, and Jonas Blixt are tied for third place at three-under.

Bjorn had a wild day with eight birdies and four bogies to shoot a four-under 68.  His best finish at The Masters is T18 in 2002.

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Defending champion Adam Scott shot 39 going out, but came back with an inward 33 to shoot level-par 72.  Scott has the ability to track Watson down on the weekend.

20-year-old Jordan Spieth is in the mix after a two-under 70.  He hit his approach to two-feet on the eighteenth for birdie, and a Saturday pairing with Scott.

1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, and Jimmy Walker are tied for seventh place at two-under.

Former champions Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer, and Larry Mize are among a group tied for 26th at two-over.

First round leader Bill Haas followed up his 68 with a 78, and is tied with the former champions at two-over total.

The cut was 148 (+4).  Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson, and Keegan Bradley all MC’d.

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Tags: Adam Scott Augusta National Golf Club Bill Haas Bubba Watson Fred Couples Jim Furyk Jimmy Walker John Senden Jonas Blixt Jordan Spieth Phil Mickelson The Masters Thomas Bjorn Vijay Singh

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