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Golf: Five Things Learned from the 78th Masters

Five things learned from the first two rounds of the 78th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club:

Golf: Woodland shows Masters scoring chances on offer

Gary Woodland opened with a birdie and followed with an eagle on Saturday in early third-round play at the Masters, showing scoring opportunities available later for leaders at Augusta National. The 29-year-old American, who only reached the field for the year's first major by qualifying for last year's US PGA Tour Championship, went off in the fifth group of the day with countryman Billy Horschel.

Golf: Watson out in front as Masters heats up

Bubba Watson was the man to catch on Saturday for the 50 other golfers who made it through to Masters weekend at Augusta National. The 35-year-old champion from two years ago blasted clear of the field on Friday with a five-in-a-row, back nine birdie blast that briefly raised the roof on what was otherwise a relatively sedate day. By the time the dust had settled, Watson was leading by three at seven-under-par 137 after rounds of 69 and 68, making him the only man in the field capable of creating Masters history by firing four rounds in the 60s.

Six, six, six proves devilishly frustrating for McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Three sixes proved devilishly irritating for Rory McIlroy in the second round as the world number nine survived the halfway cut at the Masters on Friday by the skin of his teeth. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman had sixes at the second, 10th and 13th holes and needed to roll in a par-saving six-foot putt at the last for a five-over 77 and a four-under total of 148, qualifying for the weekend by one solitary stroke.

Mickelson heads long list of big names to miss Masters cut

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Triple champion Phil Mickelson led a host of big names to miss the cut at the Masters on Friday as the American failed to advance to the third round at Augusta National for the first time in 17 years. Former winners Charl Schwartzel (2011), Zach Johnson (2007), Angel Cabrera (2009) and Trevor Immelman (2008) also failed to qualify for the final two rounds.

Young contender Spieth minding his mentor at Masters

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Precocious Jordan Spieth is minding his mentor Ben Crenshaw, keeping his emotions under control and staying patient in the thick of the hunt at the midway point of the Masters. Playing his first Masters, the 20-year-old Spieth shot 71 in Thursday's opening round then went one better on Friday when the wind howled across the Augusta National pines, to tie for third place at three-under 141, four shots behind leader Bubba Watson.

First-round leader Haas slips down leaderboard

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - First-round leader Bill Haas went backwards with one of his shots and on the leaderboard in the second round of the Masters on Friday, stumbling to a 78 to stand nine shots off the pace. Haas, who led the field after his opening 68, had seven bogeys along with a double-bogey at the 11th, where his tee shot nestled against a tree on the left side and he was forced to hit the ball backhanded into the fairway.

Golf: Aussie Goss extends global Masters amateur run

Australian Oliver Goss celebrated his last day as a teenager Friday by firing a one-under 71 to make the cut at the Masters and capture the low amateur's Silver Cup. Goss opened with a 76 but battled back with a one-under 71 at Augusta National to make the cut on three-over 147 on the eve of his 20th birthday. "That's the last thing I'm thinking about, 20th birthday tomorrow," Goss said. "I'm just absolutely excited to be playing on the weekend."

Golf: Bubba grabs Masters lead with five-birdie streak

A magnificent run of five consecutive birdies on the back nine powered 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson to a three-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the 78th Masters. With a dazzling display of precision on one of golf's most intimidating layouts, the 35-year-old US left-hander fired a four-under par 68 to stand on seven-under 137 after 36 holes at Augusta National.

Golf: Bubba three clear at Masters

Bubba Watson was set to take a three-stroke lead into the Masters weekend after a five-birdie run on the back nine in Friday's second round blasted him clear of the field. The 2012 winner started the day at Augusta National one off the lead, but a round of 68 left him three clear off the field at seven-under 137. His closest challenger was Australian John Senden, who had a 68 to get to four-under 140. A further stroke back came veteran Dane Thomas Bjorn on the back of a 68 and unheralded Swede Jonas Blixt, who carded a 71.
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