Masters 2014 leaderboard: Bubba Watson pulling away

Harry How

There are still three holes to play at Augusta, but Bubba Watson appears well on his way to a second green jacket.

There aren't many opportunities to pick up strokes late at Augusta National and with Jordan Spieth missing two of the better opportunities left, Bubba Watson is in great position to win the 2014 Masters. Watson is 8-under through 15 holes, leading Spieth by three strokes with three holes to play.

The back nine layout fits Watson's strengths well and he took advantage at No. 13, bombing a drive more than 360 yards leaving only a wedge into the par-5. Watson's approach wasn't his best, but still good enough for a two-putt birdie to move to 8-under. While Watson took advantage of the reachable par-5, Spieth's drive found the pine straw on the right. He was forced to punch out and hit an approach to the green. His third shot was excellent and he had a good look at birdie, but his putt didn't have enough pace and rolled off to the right.

Leading by three with five to play, Watson avoided issue at No. 14, carding an easy par. Spieth had a long birdie try and gave it a good run, but he too had to tap in for a par.

Heading into No. 15, Spieth likely needed a birdie or even an eagle to seriously threaten Watson. After Spieth's second failed to find the green, Watson could have opted to lay up and play safe. He didn't, instead drilling a stinger iron shot through the trees and to the back of the green. Desperate for a birdie, Spieth had another solid chance, only to see the putt just run by, leaving a tap-in par. Watson also made par, maintaining his three-stroke lead.

There are still three holes to play, but two pars at the scoring par-5s may have eliminated any chance Spieth had to challenge Watson.

Place

Player

Score

Through

1

Bubba Watson

-8

15

T2

Jonas Blixt

-5

16

T2

Jordan Spieth

-5

15

T4

Miguel Jimenez

-4

17

T4

Matt Kuchar

-4

16

6

Rickie Fowler

-2

17

7

Lee Westwood

-1

16

T8

Bernhard Langer

E

F

T8

Jimmy Walker

E

F

T8

Rory McIlroy

E

F

T8

John Senden

E

F

T8

Kevin Stadler

E

F

T8

Thomas Bjorn

E

17

T14

Stewart Cink

1

F

T14

Jamie Donaldson

1

F

T14

Henrik Stenson

1

F

T14

Adam Scott

1

F

T14

Justin Rose

1

17

T14

Jim Furyk

1

16

T20

Bill Haas

2

F

T20

Chris Kirk

2

F

T20

Jason Day

2

F

T20

Ian Poulter

2

F

T20

Fred Couples

2

F

25

Louis Oosthuizen

3

F

T26

Joost Luiten

4

F

T26

Hunter Mahan

4

F

T26

Steven Bowditch

4

F

T26

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

4

F

T26

Gary Woodland

4

F

T31

Martin Kaymer

5

F

T31

Russell Henley

5

F

T31

Steve Stricker

5

F

T34

Stephen Gallacher

6

F

T34

K.J. Choi

6

F

T34

Jose Maria Olazabal

6

F

T37

Brandt Snedeker

7

F

T37

Brendon de Jonge

7

F

T37

Thongchai Jaidee

7

F

T37

Billy Horschel

7

F

T37

Vijay Singh

7

F

T42

Lucas Glover

8

F

T42

Kevin Streelman

8

F

T44

Mike Weir

9

F

T44

Sandy Lyle

9

F

T44

Nick Watney

9

F

T44

Thorbjorn Olesen

9

F

T44

Darren Clarke

9

F

49

Oliver Goss

10

F

50

Francesco Molinari

11

F

51

Larry Mize

16

F

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