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Golf: Mickelson in rare Masters flop

Phil Mickelson was heading home Friday after missing the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997 and just the second time in 22 appearances since his 1991 debut. That was the result of a 73 at Augusta National that was not enough to repair the damage done by his opening 76. At five over, the five-time major winner missed the cut by one stroke. With Tiger Woods absent through injury it will mean that Masters weekend will unravel without either of the two players who have most marked it over the last two decades for the first time since 1994.

Golf: McIlroy survives cut at Masters

Rory McIlroy needed a nervy five-footer to stay in the Masters on Friday after a frustrating second round, but his chances of winning a first green jacket were badly dented. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland had two double bogeys at the fourth and 10th to thank for him reaching the 18th needing a par to stay at four over, just inside the cut. His approach looked good, but failed to take the slope back down to the hole, as an identical shot from Brandt Snedeker had done some 30 minutes earlier.

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.

Safe landing for former ski-jumper Luiten

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The rolling, sloping fairways of Augusta National are a sharp reminder of Joost Luiten's childhood days on the ski-jump hills, the Dutchman said after making a safe golfing landing on his Masters debut. The 28-year-old, who brought an end to his career on the snow after fracturing his elbow and nose at the age of 10, was a picture of contentment after a second-round 73 gave him a four-over aggregate of 148.

Slick Masters conditions remind Olazabal of 1999

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jose Maria Olazabal's victory at the 1999 Masters is often referenced as the last time Augusta National played fast and firm throughout the tournament but the Spaniard believes this year's edition could match it. Despite the heavy rain and lightning on Monday that forced practice to be suspended after just two hours, the heavily contoured layout has since quickened in pace after four successive days of bright sunshine and swirling winds.

Golf: What a difference a year makes for Bubba

It has taken Bubba Watson a long while to get over winning the Masters two years ago, but now that he has, he might just go and win it again. The proof of that came at Augusta National on Friday when he fired a superb second round of 68 to blast the field wide open ahead of the weekend. The tears flowed in the late evening at Augusta National in 2012 when the emotional left-hander finally defeated Louis Oosthuizen in a tense playoff and it set off a chain of events that saw him fail to win another tournament for 22 months.

Golf: Bubba three clear at Masters

Bubba Watson ripped off five birdies in a row from the 12th hole to take a three-shot lead in the second round of the Masters at Augusta National on Friday. The 2012 winner started the day one back of Bill Haas, who led overnight with a 68. He reached the turn in level-par 36, but went on a roll from the par-3 12th in the heart of the feared Amen Corner. He dropped one at the last after a wayward approach, but by that time the damage on the rest of the field had been done. Closest to him, three back, was Australian John Senden, who had three holes to play.

Golf: Bubba in command after Masters birdie binge

Bubba Watson, seeking his second Masters title in three seasons, seized command in Friday's second round at Augusta National with five birdies in a row on the back nine. The 35-year-old American left-hander, who beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff for the 2012 crown, fired a four-under par 68 to stand on seven-under 137 after 36 holes, grabbing a three-shot lead over Australian John Senden in quest for his second career major title.

Golf: Haas holds firm at Masters

Bill Haas was sitting tight atop the leaderboard as he teed off in the second round of the Masters on Friday. The 31-year-old American carded a four-under 68 on Thursday and he had the luxury of being able to sit back and see who could challenge him early on at Augusta National. Several players tried and at one stage Australian Marc Leishman overhauled him at five under, but he promptly bogeyed the next two holes.

Golf: Bubba in command after Masters birdie binge

Bubba Watson, who needed 22 months to win again after a 2012 Masters triumph, birdied five holes in a row on the back nine Friday to seize command of the 78th Masters. The 35-year-old American fired a four-under par 68 Friday to stand on seven-under 137 and grab a three-shot lead over Bill Haas in the second round at Augusta National. There has never been a longer birdie run before the weekend than Watson's streak in Masters history and only five longer ones at any stage in tournament history.
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