Masters leaderboard 2014: Bubba Watson leads at 7-under, Phil Mickelson on the cut line

Andrew Redington

Five straight birdies helped Bubba Watson open a three-stroke lead at the Masters. Phil Mickelson rallied late, but is still in danger of missing the weekend.

While many players struggled to tally five birdies through 36 holes at Augusta National, Bubba Watson had no problem racking up red numbers on Friday, including a streak of five straight birdies. The back-nine surge helped him build a three-stroke lead on the field.

Watson made the turn at even-par and was a stroke off the lead heading into No. 12. A brilliant tee shot set up a birdie at the difficult par-3. That was just the start of things. He nearly came away with an eagle on No. 13, tapping in for birdie instead. The streak continued at Nos. 14, 15 and 16, with Watson moving to 8-under for the tournament. He hit some exceptional shots during the stretch, but was also a little fortunate, including on this huge breaking birdie at No. 14.

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Watson's only blemish on the back nine came on No. 18 where he missed a par putt and dropped a shot with a bogey. His 4-under 68 was still the best round of the day and gave him a comfortable clubhouse lead.

While Watson is in great position heading into the weekend, Phil Mickelson might not even be around for the final two rounds. Mickelson carded a 1-over 73 and at 5-over for the tournament and is right on the edge of the cut line. He'll now be forced to wait to see how the afternoon groups finish to know if he'll miss the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997.

Mickelson ran into major problems at No. 12 when he caught a pair of bunker shots thin. He ended up making a six at the par-3, dropping to 7-over. He rallied back with three birdies in his final five holes, but a bogey at No. 16 could prove to be costly. Mickelson is currently tied for 56th place. The top 50 plus ties will make the weekend, so he'll need a few players still on the course to struggle coming in.

The second round has not gotten off to a good start for defending Masters champion Adam Scott. He began the round at 3-under, but three early bogeys dropped him to even and seven strokes off the lead. Players have had more success on the back nine in the second round, so Scott will have an opportunity to make up some ground.

Here is a current look at the leaderboard as the final groups approach the turn.

Place

Player

Score

Through

1

Bubba Watson

-7

F

2

Bill Haas

-4

8

T3

Thomas Bjorn

-3

F

T3

Jonas Blixt

-3

16

T3

John Senden

-3

14

T3

Fred Couples

-3

11

T7

Mike Weir

-2

12

T7

Jimmy Walker

-2

10

T9

Kevin Streelman

-1

F

T9

Stephen Gallacher

-1

F

T9

Kevin Stadler

-1

17

T9

Jamie Donaldson

-1

8

T10

Russell Henley

-1

F

T13

Jordan Spieth

E

6

T14

Lucas Glover

E

F

T14

Louis Oosthuizen

E

F

T14

Matt Kuchar

E

F

T14

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

E

F

T14

Lee Westwood

E

F

T14

Rickie Fowler

E

10

T14

K.J. Choi

E

9

T14

Miguel Jimenez

E

8

T14

Brandt Snedeker

E

8

T14

Jim Furyk

E

7

T14

Adam Scott

E

7

T14

Rory McIlroy

E

6

T27

Henrik Stenson

1

F

T27

Stewart Cink

1

F

T27

Steven Bowditch

1

15

T27

Gary Woodland

1

12

T30

Thorbjorn Olesen

2

7

T31

Larry Mize

2

F

T31

Vijay Singh

2

F

T31

Bernhard Langer

2

F

T31

Hunter Mahan

2

F

T31

Justin Rose

2

F

T31

Steve Stricker

2

9

T38

Nick Watney

3

F

T38

Thongchai Jaidee

3

F

T38

Oliver Goss

3

F

T38

Francesco Molinari

3

F

T38

Chris Kirk

3

F

T38

Martin Kaymer

3

14

T38

Billy Horschel

3

13

T38

Ian Poulter

3

12

T38

Matteo Manassero

3

8

T38

Charl Schwartzel

3

7

T48

Sandy Lyle

4

F

T48

Jose Maria Olazabal

4

F

T48

Darren Clarke

4

F

T48

Jason Day

4

F

T48

Joost Luiten

4

F

T48

Brendon de Jonge

4

13

T48

Webb Simpson

4

11

T48

Graeme McDowell

4

10

T48

Patrick Reed

4

6

Projected Cut: +4

T57

Ryan Moore

5

F

T57

Sang-Moon Bae

5

F

T57

Sergio Garcia

5

F

T57

Luke Donald

5

F

T57

Marc Leishman

5

F

T57

Victor Dubuisson

5

F

T57

Phil Mickelson

5

F

T57

Ernie Els

5

F

T57

Ian Woosnam

5

17

T65

Harris English

6

F

T65

John Huh

6

16

T65

Matthew Fitzpatrick

6

7

T66

D.A. Points

6

F

T66

Scott Stallings

6

14

T66

Angel Cabrera

6

12

T66

Zach Johnson

6

9

T73

Ken Duke

7

F

T73

Dustin Johnson

7

F

T73

Mark O'Meara

7

15

T76

Matt Jones

8

F

T76

Graham Delaet

8

F

T76

Derek Ernst

8

F

T76

Roberto Castro

8

12

T76

Chang-woo Lee

8

10

T81

Keegan Bradley

9

F

T81

Hideki Matsuyama

9

7

T82

Branden Grace

9

F

T82

Trevor Immelman

9

F

T82

David Lynn

9

14

T86

Y.E. Yang

10

16

T86

Boo Weekley

10

14

T86

Tom Watson

10

13

T89

Tim Clark

11

17

T89

Jordan Niebrugge

11

14

T89

Matt Every

11

12

T89

Jason Dufner

11

7

93

Garrick Porteous

12

F

T94

Peter Hanson

15

F

T94

Craig Stadler

15

14

96

Michael McCoy

17

F

97

Ben Crenshaw

22

16

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