Masters 2014 leaderboard: Bubba Watson surges, Phil Mickelson drops off

Andrew Redington

Bill Haas is still the leader in the clubhouse, but Bubba Watson has joined the group tied for second place.

Bubba Watson came up well short of defending his green jacket last season, but he's right in the thick of things through 18 holes this year. Although Watson was only able to muster three birdies on the day, he played a bogey free round and is one stroke off the lead after shooting a 3-under 69.

Watson's bogey-free round is a rarity in a major championship, especially for him. According to the ESPN broadcast, Thursday was just the second time in 81 major championship rounds that Watson played bogey-free golf. A big part of avoiding a bogey was his ability to hit greens. Watson hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and could have improved on his score even more had he had some more success with the putter. He finished with 32 putts in the round. Watson took advantage of the par-5s on the back nine, recording a birdie on both.

Although Watson played a steady and relatively uneventful round, Phil Mickelson's day has been the exact opposite. Mickelson birdied two holes early on the back nine, but a triple bogey at No. 7 and a double bogey at No. 15 were especially damaging. He appeared to be in good position on No. 15, but his wedge shot into the green came up short and rolled back into the water hazard. He's currently 4-over through 16 holes, and barring a late birdie or two, he will have a lot of ground to make up.

It's also been an up-and-down back nine for Keegan Bradley. He's 3-over through 17 holes, despite three birdies on the back nine. His round also includes four bogeys and an opening double bogey.

Place

Player

Score

Through

1

Bill Haas

-4

F

T2

Louis Oosthuizen

-3

F

T2

Adam Scott

-3

F

T2

Bubba Watson

-3

F

T5

Jonas Blixt

-2

F

T5

K.J. Choi

-2

F

T5

Brandt Snedeker

-2

F

T5

Kevin Stadler

-2

F

T5

Jimmy Walker

-2

F

T5

Gary Woodland

-2

F

T11

Fred Couples

-1

F

T11

Rickie Fowler

-1

F

T11

Stephen Gallacher

-1

F

T11

Miguel Angel Jimenez

-1

F

T11

Marc Leishman

-1

17

T11

Matteo Manassero

-1

F

T11

Rory McIlroy

-1

F

T11

Francesco Molinari

-1

F

T11

Jordan Spieth

-1

F

T20

Sang-Moon Bae

E

F

T20

Ernie Els

E

17

T20

Bernhard Langer

E

F

T20

Graeme McDowell

E

F

T20

John Senden

E

F

T20

Kevin Streelman

E

F

T20

Steve Stricker

E

F

T20

Nick Watney

E

F

T20

Lee Westwood

E

15

T29

Thomas Bjorn

1

F

T29

Stewart Cink

1

F

T29

Jamie Donaldson

1

F

T29

Victor Dubuisson

1

17

T29

Russell Henley

1

15

T29

Thongchai Jaidee

1

F

T29

Matt Kuchar

1

F

T29

Hunter Mahan

1

17

T29

Patrick Reed

1

F

T29

Charl Schwartzel

1

F

T29

Henrik Stenson

1

F

T29

Boo Weekley

1

F

T29

Mike Weir

1

F

T42

Steven Bowditch

2

F

T42

Roberto Castro

2

F

T42

Darren Clarke

2

F

T42

Brandon de Jonge

2

F

T42

Harris English

2

15

T42

Jim Furyk

2

F

T42

Sergio Garcia

2

F

T42

Matt Jones

2

F

T42

Larry Mize

2

F

T42

Jose Maria Olazabal

2

F

T42

Thorbjorn Olesen

2

F

T42

Webb Simpson

2

F

T54

Keegan Bradley

3

17

T54

Jason Day

3

F

T54

Ken Duke

3

F

T54

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

3

F

T54

Lucas Glover

3

F

T54

Billy Horschel

3

F

T54

John Huh

3

F

T54

Martin Kaymer

3

F

T54

Chris Kirk

3

F

T54

Joost Luiten

3

17

T54

Mark O'Meara

3

F

T54

Vijay Singh

3

F

T54

Scott Stallings

3

F

T67

Derek Ernst

4

F

T67

Matt Every

4

F

T67

Matthew Fitzpatrick

4

F

T67

Oliver Goss

4

F

T67

Sandy Lyle

4

F

T67

Phil Mickelson

4

16

T67

Garrick Porteous

4

F

T67

Ian Poulter

4

F

T67

Justin Rose

4

16

T76

Luke Donald

5

F

T76

Peter Hanson

5

17

T76

Dustin Johnson

5

F

T76

Ryan Moore

5

F

T76

Ian Woosnam

5

F

T76

Y.E. Yang

5

F

T82

Angel Cabrera

6

F

T82

Zach Johnson

6

F

T82

David Lynn

6

F

T82

Michael McCoy

6

F

T82

D.A. Points

6

F

T82

Tom Watson

6

F

T88

Tim Clark

7

F

T88

Trevor Immelman

7

F

T90

Graham DeLaet

8

F

T90

Jason Dufner

8

F

T90

Chang-Woo Lee

8

F

T90

Hideki Matsuyama

8

F

94

Jordan Niebrugge

9

F

95

Craig Stadler

10

F

96

Ben Crenshaw

11

F

97

Branden Grace

12

F

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