While speculation has flown wildly around the Masters during the lead up and Thursday’s opening round, Bubba Watson may have just shut everyone up.
Countless players remained in the conversation on day one, with solid rounds being turned in along with the occasional implosion. It’s not always the best idea to go making predictions on Thursday evenings, but it seems to be the right time to make a call on Watson on Friday afternoon.
Watson shot a complete mic drop of a back nine during his second round, turning in five birdies in a row to finish the day four-under par on the round and seven-under for the tournament. A run like this can serve a bigger purpose than what’s on the scorecard. For a player like Watson who gets in the zone and doesn’t leave, this second round could be a wave he rides into a serious finish.
Of course there are players like Adam Scott and Bill Haas on the leaderboard who can and probably will creep up on Watson as more scorecards get signed. The difference here is that Watson is a mechanism. He can rarely be shaken out of a groove once he’s in it, which after his epic second round could make him untouchable.
Of course anything can happen, but with Watson turning in a 68 on his second round, it’s his mental game that will be the advantage over anyone else who finds themselves on any sort of a surge. Simply put, Watson very well may have planted his flag on the mountain of top finishers, if not squarely on top.