Masters scores and results: Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth emerge as late challengers to Bubba Watson

Rob Carr

No one from the late tee times was going to challenge Bubba Watson's multi-shot lead, but some world-class players are in position inside the top 10 and ready to make a run with 36 holes to go in the Masters.

We've hit the midpoint of the 2014 Masters, and Bubba Watson overwhelmed Augusta National and the rest of the field to take a three-shot lead heading into the weekend. Watson, who had the most impressive round on Thursday while playing bogey-free golf, made his charge with five straight birdies on the second nine to bolt past everyone on the leaderboard.

Watson set the early number that was not going to be matched by the later tee times, but some big names did put themselves in position with 36 more holes to play. As expected, 54-year-old Fred Couples is right there in his usual perch inside the top 10. While he's been a full-time player on the senior circuit for four years now, Couples continues to use that lifetime invite as a former Masters champ and makes noise every year at Augusta. He always does this, makes a move and gets on the first page of the leaderboard after two rounds. A 1-under round of 71 on Friday put him at 2-under for the tournament. Now we get to the point in the week where Couples' longshot chances have been extinguished in recent years. If he can hang around one more day, he'll be one of the top stories again on Sunday.

Adam Scott, who started the day as the new solo favorite, is still right there at 3-under following his even-par round of 72. Scott's shot at a title defense went off track early in his second round, as he made three bogeys in his first five holes. That's been an easier stretch of the course, so it was not looking good as the Aussie made the turn and hit Amen Corner. But he found some form coming into the clubhouse, carding an inward 33 to undo the damage from the first nine.

The only major hiccup of Scott's near-perfect round on Thursday came at No. 12, when he put his ball in Rae's Creek for the first time and walked off with a double bogey. One day later, he hit the shot of the round there and dropped his ball just over the bunker in the front of the green and just a foot from the cup. Two more birdies at the easier and gettable par-5s (13 and 15), and Scott was right back inside the top 10. The way he's playing right now, it's hard to see Scott receding from the top 10 and he'll be the biggest challenger for Bubba.

The other big name who put himself in position late in the day was Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old making a bid to become the youngest Masters winner ever. He's a part of what I thought were the best first- and second-round pairings, with Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed. But out of that sub-25-year-old group, only Spieth is really in a spot to do anything on the weekend. Reed is going home and McIlroy needed a par on the 18th hole just to make the cut after a day of unlucky bounces and breaks (including one wild bounce off a sprinkler head).

Spieth caught some tough breaks too, and missed an easy birdie chance at No. 13 when his approach shot just rolled off the back edge. At the next par-5, however, he gained two strokes on the field by draining an eagle putt and jumping up the leaderboard to 3-under. Spieth dropped a shot after an ugly drive left on No. 17, but then got it right back with a perfectly played 18th. He hit an easy fade up into the middle of the fairway, then put his approach shot right at the top of the slope and funneled his ball back down only a foot from the hole for the tap-in birdie. Spieth continues to amaze us and break new barriers at his age, and now he's contending in his first ever Masters, inside the top 5 at the 36-hole mark. It seems precarious on almost every hole, but we probably need to consider him a serious title contender this weekend.

It's Bubba's to lose right now, and if he plays anything close to the form we've seen the first two days, that margin will stay at a couple shots. But with Bubba, that can all come undone on a single hole -- after all, he is coming off an event where he withdrew because he hit three balls in the water and made an 11 on one hole.

The biggest development may not be who's leading, but who's not going to be there on the weekend. This is just the second time in the last 69 majors that neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson will play on the weekend. Mickelson's struggles continued on Friday, with a blow-up triple bogey at the 12th putting him at 5-over for the tournament and outside the cut line (more on Mickelson and the cut casualties).

Here's your leaderboard at the midpoint of the Masters:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

1

Bubba Watson

-7

69

68

137

2

John Senden

-4

72

68

140

T3

Thomas Bjorn

-3

73

68

141

T3

Jonas Blixt

-3

70

71

141

T3

Adam Scott

-3

69

72

141

T3

Jordan Spieth

-3

71

70

141

T7

Fred Couples

-2

71

71

142

T7

Jimmy Walker

-2

70

72

142

T7

Jim Furyk

-2

74

68

142

T10

Kevin Streelman

-1

72

71

143

T10

Stephen Gallacher

-1

71

72

143

T10

Russell Henley

-1

73

70

143

T10

Kevin Stadler

-1

70

73

143

T10

Jamie Donaldson

-1

73

70

143

T15

Lucas Glover

E

75

69

144

T15

Matt Kuchar

E

73

71

144

T15

Louis Oosthuizen

E

69

75

144

T15

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

E

75

69

144

T15

Lee Westwood

E

73

71

144

T15

Brandt Snedeker

E

70

74

144

T21

Henrik Stenson

1

73

72

145

T21

Stewart Cink

1

73

72

145

T21

Mike Weir

1

73

72

145

T21

Steve Stricker

1

72

73

145

T21

K.J. Choi

1

70

75

145

T26

Larry Mize

2

74

72

146

T26

Vijay Singh

2

75

71

146

T26

Bernhard Langer

2

72

74

146

T26

Hunter Mahan

2

74

72

146

T26

Justin Rose

2

76

70

146

T26

Steven Bowditch

2

74

72

146

T26

Brendon de Jonge

2

74

72

146

T26

Ian Poulter

2

76

70

146

T26

Rickie Fowler

2

71

75

146

T26

Bill Haas

2

68

78

146

T26

Thorbjorn Olesen

2

74

72

146

T37

Nick Watney

3

72

75

147

T37

Thongchai Jaidee

3

73

74

147

T37

Oliver Goss

3

76

71

147

T37

Francesco Molinari

3

71

76

147

T37

Chris Kirk

3

75

72

147

T37

Martin Kaymer

3

75

72

147

T37

Billy Horschel

3

75

72

147

T37

Gary Woodland

3

70

77

147

T37

Miguel Jimenez

3

71

76

147

T46

Sandy Lyle

4

76

72

148

T46

Jose Maria Olazabal

4

74

74

148

T46

Darren Clarke

4

74

74

148

T46

Jason Day

4

75

73

148

T46

Joost Luiten

4

75

73

148

T46

Rory McIlroy

4

71

77

148

Cut line 4-over

T52

Ryan Moore

5

77

72

149

T52

Sang-Moon Bae

5

72

77

149

T52

Sergio Garcia

5

74

75

149

T52

Luke Donald

5

79

70

149

T52

Marc Leishman

5

70

79

149

T52

Victor Dubuisson

5

74

75

149

T52

Phil Mickelson

5

76

73

149

T52

Ernie Els

5

75

74

149

T52

Webb Simpson

5

74

75

149

T52

Charl Schwartzel

5

73

76

149

T52

Matthew Fitzpatrick

5

76

73

149

T63

D.A. Points

6

78

72

150

T63

Harris English

6

74

76

150

T63

Ian Woosnam

6

77

73

150

T63

Graeme McDowell

6

72

78

150

T63

Zach Johnson

6

78

72

150

T68

Ken Duke

7

75

76

151

T68

Dustin Johnson

7

77

74

151

T68

John Huh

7

75

76

151

T68

Hideki Matsuyama

7

80

71

151

T72

Matt Jones

8

74

78

152

T72

Graham Delaet

8

80

72

152

T72

Derek Ernst

8

76

76

152

T72

Mark O'Meara

8

75

77

152

T72

David Lynn

8

78

74

152

T72

Angel Cabrera

8

78

74

152

T72

Matteo Manassero

8

71

81

152

T72

Patrick Reed

8

73

79

152

T80

Branden Grace

9

84

69

153

T80

Trevor Immelman

9

79

74

153

T80

Keegan Bradley

9

75

78

153

T80

Roberto Castro

9

73

80

153

T80

Chang-woo Lee

9

80

73

153

T85

Y.E. Yang

10

77

77

154

T85

Jason Dufner

10

80

74

154

T87

Jordan Niebrugge

11

81

74

155

T87

Scott Stallings

11

75

80

155

T87

Matt Every

11

77

78

155

T90

Garrick Porteous

12

76

80

156

T90

Boo Weekley

12

73

83

156

92

Tim Clark

13

79

78

157

T93

Peter Hanson

15

78

81

159

T93

Craig Stadler

15

82

77

159

T93

Tom Watson

15

78

81

159

96

Michael McCoy

17

78

83

161

97

Ben Crenshaw

24

83

85

168

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