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2014 Masters: Bubba Watson Puts On A Show At Augusta

Bubba Watson Short Game

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Following up a bogey free first round in the 2014 Masters, Bubba Watson was able to continue his stellar play on Friday where he was able to finish up his second round with only two bogies en route to shooting a four-under 68 to launch himself well into the lead early on in the tournament.

Watson had put together the third-longest bogey free stretch to start a Masters with 26 straight bogey-free holes. That streak came to an end on the par 4 ninth hole when Watson went long on his approach shot from the pine straw, sending his ball into the gallery past the green. With a hole location at the back of the green, all was not lost until he failed to get back up and down on his third shot, leaving his ball just short of the break back onto the green at the edge of the fringe. Watson would then two-putt from there to finish out the hole.

In true former Masters champion fashion, Watson got right back to his former self and would par his next two holes. It was at this point that Watson began another streak; this time he would string together five straight birdies on the back nine, including an amazing birdie putt on the 14th overcoming 15 plus feet of right to left break to get himself to seven-under overall.

Watson played the back nine with tremendous confidence, launching beautiful long drives down the fairway and attacking the pins to run himself well into the lead early on day two.

The rest of the field better begin to figure this course out, because when Bubba is playing with this much confidence there are not many players in the world who can run him down.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.