Waste Management Phoenix Open 2014: Bubba Watson, Matt Jones tied for the lead

Sam Greenwood

Bubba Watson hit a couple speed bumps coming in, but his second round was still good enough to put him in a tie for the lead after 36 holes at the Phoenix Open.

Apparently it was all in the putter for Bubba Watson. The left-hander carded another solid round -- thanks in part to his work on the greens -- and remains in a tie for the lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Watson shot a 5-under 66 in the second round on Friday and is tied for the 36-hole lead at 12-under with Matt Jones.

A big reason for Watson's success this week is a switch back to more conventional putter. As Jonathan Wall of PGATour.com detailed, Watson used a 38-inch, counterbalanced model during the first two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open last week. After struggling, he switched back to a shorter putter, using the Anser Milled 1 model. Watson is 16th in stokes gained-putting this week, a considerable improvement after he finished 69th in the same category last week.

Although he's tied for the lead, Watson could have held the 36-hole lead outright had he not run into a couple of snags late in his round. He started the second round extremely well and was 6-under on the day through 13 holes. He dropped his first shot with a bogey at his 16th hole of the day. He got the stroke right back, however, with a birdie on the next hole. He would have held the lead outright with a par or better on his final hole of the day, but carded his second bogey of the round, good for a bogey-birdie-bogey finish.

Jones turned in another solid round to move into a tie for the lead. His only dropped shot came with a bogey on No. 9. He finished the round with four birdies on his final six holes. His 6-under 65 was tied for the third-best round of the day. Greg Chalmers and Harris English are both tied for third place at 10-under, two strokes off the lead. A total of 11 players, including Brandt Snedeker, are 8-under or better.

Darkness forced the second round to be suspended with four players still on the course. Spencer Levin, Jason Bohn and Michael Putnam will resume play on No. 17, while Joe Ogilvie has one hole to finish. All four are well off the lead with Levin the closest to contention at 5-under. Bohn and Putnam are both 1-under while Ogilvie is even. The projected cut is 1-under which means all three will have a lot on the line when play resumes. They will resume at 8:45 a.m. ET.

Here is a complete look at the leaderboard through the end of play on Friday:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

T1

Matt Jones

-12

65

65

T1

Bubba Watson

-12

64

66

T3

Greg Chalmers

-10

65

67

T3

Harris English

-10

65

67

T5

Hideki Matsuyama

-9

66

67

T5

Pat Perez

-9

65

68

T5

Kevin Stadler

-9

65

68

T8

William McGirt

-8

65

69

T8

Brandt Snedeker

-8

70

64

T8

Patrick Reed

-8

67

67

T8

Scott Piercy

-8

67

67

T12

Morgan Hoffmann

-7

69

66

T12

Martin Laird

-7

67

68

T12

Jason Kokrak

-7

66

69

T15

Nick Watney

-5

69

68

T15

Ken Duke

-5

70

67

T15

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

-5

66

71

T15

Nicolas Colsaerts

-5

69

68

T15

James Driscoll

-5

67

70

T15

Hunter Mahan

-5

66

71

T15

Ryan Moore

-5

66

71

T15

Bill Haas

-5

69

68

T15

Jhonattan Vegas

-5

71

66

T15

Y.E. Yang

-5

64

73

T15

Chris Stroud

-5

70

67

T15

Spencer Levin

-5

67

Through 16

T27

Cameron Tringale

-4

71

67

T27

David Hearn

-4

68

70

T27

Chris Kirk

-4

65

73

T27

David Lynn

-4

72

66

T27

Ricky Barnes

-4

71

67

T27

Bryce Molder

-4

67

71

T27

Phil Mickelson

-4

71

67

T27

Aaron Baddeley

-4

68

70

T27

John Peterson

-4

68

70

T27

Ben Crane

-4

69

69

T27

Matt Every

-4

72

66

T38

John Rollins

-3

72

67

T38

Brendon de Jonge

-3

66

73

T38

Graham DeLaet

-3

67

72

T38

John Mallinger

-3

67

72

T38

Kevin Streelman

-3

71

68

T38

Gary Woodland

-3

67

72

T38

Jonas Blixt

-3

68

71

T38

Chris Smith

-3

70

69

T38

Charles Howell III

-3

70

69

T38

Erik Compton

-3

67

72

T48

Fred Funk

-2

69

71

T48

Brendan Steele

-2

66

74

T48

John Merrick

-2

75

65

T48

Kevin Na

-2

70

70

T48

Brian Gay

-2

69

71

T48

Ben Curtis

-2

68

72

T48

Robert Garrigus

-2

70

70

T48

David Lingmerth

-2

72

68

T48

Martin Kaymer

-2

69

71

T48

Webb Simpson

-2

68

72

T48

Michael Thompson

-2

72

68

T48

Sang-Moon Bae

-2

67

73

T48

Ryan Palmer

-2

76

64

T48

Steven Bowditch

-2

71

69

T62

Roberto Castro

-1

72

69

T62

Geoff Ogilvy

-1

71

70

T62

K.J. Choi

-1

71

70

T62

Vijay Singh

-1

69

72

T62

Derek Ernst

-1

72

69

T62

Mark Calcavecchia

-1

70

71

T62

Brian Davis

-1

72

69

T62

Brian Stuard

-1

73

68

T62

Charley Hoffman

-1

70

71

T62

Camilo Villegas

-1

70

71

T62

Justin Hicks

-1

71

70

T62

J.B. Holmes

-1

73

68

T62

Scott Langley

-1

71

70

T62

Jonathan Byrd

-1

68

73

T62

Jason Bohn

-1

70

Through 16

T62

Michael Putnam

-1

67

Through 16

T78

Padraig Harrington

E

73

69

T78

Luke Guthrie

E

71

71

T78

Lee Westwood

E

67

75

T78

Charlie Beljan

E

73

69

T78

Daniel Summerhays

E

70

72

T78

Martin Flores

E

72

70

T78

Josh Teater

E

73

69

T78

Joe Ogilvie

E

71

Through 17

T86

Richard H. Lee

1

71

72

T86

Kris Blanks

1

71

72

T86

John Huh

1

70

73

T86

Retief Goosen

1

72

71

T86

Justin Leonard

1

72

71

T86

Charlie Wi

1

72

71

T86

Kevin Tway

1

74

69

T86

Nicholas Thompson

1

71

72

T86

Kevin Chappell

1

72

71

T86

Rickie Fowler

1

71

72

T86

Billy Horschel

1

71

72

T86

D.A. Points

1

70

73

T86

Russell Henley

1

68

75

T99

Scott Verplank

2

70

74

T99

Ted Potter, Jr.

2

73

71

T99

James Hahn

2

72

72

T99

Danny Lee

2

73

71

T99

Scott Stallings

2

70

74

T99

Marc Leishman

2

72

72

T99

Ian Poulter

2

69

75

T99

Angel Cabrera

2

72

72

T107

Lucas Glover

3

79

66

T107

Brian Harman

3

74

71

T107

Tommy Gainey

3

66

79

T107

Mike Weir

3

75

70

T107

Paul Goydos

3

72

73

T112

Bo Van Pelt

4

76

70

T112

Rory Sabbatini

4

72

74

T112

Robert Allenby

4

76

70

T112

Jeff Overton

4

72

74

T112

D.H. Lee

4

73

73

T112

Keegan Bradley

4

66

80

T112

Woody Austin

4

73

73

T112

George McNeill

4

72

74

T112

David Toms

4

74

72

T112

Carl Pettersson

4

72

74

T122

Ki Taek Lee (a)

5

73

74

T122

J.J. Henry

5

75

72

T124

Jeff Maggert

6

75

73

T124

Stephen Ames

6

76

72

T124

Mark Wilson

6

74

74

127

Ryo Ishikawa

7

71

78

128

Andres Romero

9

73

78

129

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

10

78

74

T130

Kyle Stanley

11

78

75

T130

Paul Trittler

11

79

74

132

Joey Snyder III

17

76

83

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