Bubba Watson Leads Masters After Two Rounds, Mickelson Misses Cut

Bubba Watson goes on birdie spree at the Masters

AP National Writer

       AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Bubba Watson has a three-stroke lead heading to the weekend at the Masters.

        Watson, who won the green jacket in 2012, shot a 4-under 68 that matched the best score Friday. He goes to the third round with a 7-under 137 total. He ripped off five straight birdies beginning at No. 12, only the fifth player in Augusta National history to make consecutive birdies at those holes.

        Australia's John Senden was the closest challenger, also shooting 68 for 140 overall.         The group at 141 included defending champion Adam Scott, who shot 72. He was joined by Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (68), Sweden's Jonas Blixt (71), and 20-year-old American Jordan Spieth (70).

        At the other end of the age scale, 54-year-old Fred Couples is five strokes back after his second straight 71.

        Rory McIlroy took off his cap, rubbed his brow and let out a sigh of relief.

        After rolling in a testy 4-foot putt at the final hole, he was one of the lucky ones.

        He gets to keep playing on the weekend at Augusta National.

        Not so for Phil Mickelson, who missed the Masters cut for the first time since 1997 after making a mess of three holes, taking triple-bogey on two of them and double-bogey on the other.

        He wasn't the only big name headed home. The last major champion, PGA winner Jason Dufner, missed the cut by six shots. Former Masters champions Zach Johnson, Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel had too many strokes, as did Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Angel Cabrera, Dustin Johnson and Luke Donald.

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