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April 12, 2014 | 10:59 a.m.

SCORES: The Masters, Round 3

Golfweek Staff
The third round at the 2014 Masters got underway at 10:15 a.m. EDT.
The third round at the 2014 Masters got underway at 10:15 a.m. EDT.

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Nick Masuda
Rickie Fowler (bottom left) helps the Watson family chronicle the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday, with Caleb, 2, hitting his own shot down into the water.
Rickie Fowler (bottom left) helps the Watson family chronicle the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday, with Caleb, 2, hitting his own shot down into the water.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Everyone has their own Kryptonite – and Rickie Fowler might just know what is giving Bubba Watson such a huge advantage this week at the Masters.

A hint: He's adorable and pretty much runs Watson's life.

That'd be 2-year-old Caleb, Watson's adopted son that was the buzz of Augusta National when Watson won his first green jacket in 2012.

He and wife, Angie, adopted Caleb a week before that life-changing victory.

"He's definitely more relaxed. He's enjoying life a little bit more. Having Caleb around and having a family, golf is not his ...

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Alex Miceli
Bubba Watson during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – After shooting 4-under 68 at Augusta National and taking a three-stroke lead into Saturday’s third round of the Masters, Bubba Watson has been installed as a 3-2 favorite in Las Vegas to win his second green jacket.

Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, started the week at a promising 20-1 pick, but far behind co-favorites Rory McIlroy and defending champion Adam Scott, who were 10-1 choices.

Scott, now four shots back of Watson, is a 5-1 pick by oddsmakers, and McIlroy has fallen to 80-1 after shooting 77 on Friday ...

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Bubba Watson during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead over John Senden.

There's nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length ...

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James Achenbach
Oliver Goss lines up a putt on the first green with the help of caddie Brian Tam at the 2014 Masters.
Oliver Goss lines up a putt on the first green with the help of caddie Brian Tam at the 2014 Masters.

Scores began to soar Friday afternoon at the Masters. So did the potential awards to be earned by those in the tournament.

The "Mistakes, thou are a villain" award goes to the meticulous Ian Poulter, who numbered his mistakes in the second round.

"My three mistakes, my three bogeys, were three 3‑putts," Poulter said, "and that leaves me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.

"I played exceptionally well. I hit some phenomenal golf shots today. Proximity to the pin on second shots for me was pretty special, but I didn't manage to capitalize on ...

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Nick Masuda
Defending Masters champion Adam Scott will tee off with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth at 2:25 p.m. ET for Saturday's third round at Augusta National.
Defending Masters champion Adam Scott will tee off with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth at 2:25 p.m. ET for Saturday's third round at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – While it might be the first weekend since 1994 that either Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods haven't participated in a Masters weekend, there are still plenty of intriguing pairings for Saturday's third round at Augusta National.

Here are a few that stand out:

11:55 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler

With their apparel taste, you might need sunglasses to simply follow the group.

12:15 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose

A pair of Sean Foley students make the cut and are nine shots back heading into the weekend.

12:25 p.m.: Vijay Singh ...

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Adam Schupak
Jordan Spieth walks up the 18th hole at Augusta National during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters.
Jordan Spieth walks up the 18th hole at Augusta National during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth is a rookie at Augusta in name only. The 20-year-old, who shot a 2-under-par 70 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 141, is running the playbook handed down by two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and his Augusta National sidekick Carl Jackson.

Spieth never got the chance to play a practice round with his fellow Texas Longhorn, Crenshaw, but he picked up plenty of tips when they spoke. One of them may sound simple in theory but is a lot tougher in execution: the middle of the green is the smart place to play ...

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Jeff Babineau
Rory McIlroy used a solid finish to salvage a 4-over 76 and a spot on the weekend at the Masters.
Rory McIlroy used a solid finish to salvage a 4-over 76 and a spot on the weekend at the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Friday morning, Rory McIlroy stood in the thick of things at Augusta National Golf Club, but my, how one’s day can change quickly at the Masters. At nearly 7:30 p.m., playing in the last threesome of the second round, he stood over a 4-foot par putt at 18 just to make it to the weekend.

McIlroy made his putt, finishing off a rocky 5-over 77, and he’ll be first off on Saturday (10:15 a.m.) at the 78th Masters, one of 51 players to make the cut (low 50 and ties). McIlroy made ...

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Alex Miceli
Bubba Watson leans on his bag while caddie Ted Scott checks a yardage during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson leans on his bag while caddie Ted Scott checks a yardage during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

Some can debate the value of a caddie, but even when Bubba Watson appears to be in top form he's constantly working with his trusted assistant. The 2012 champion surged to the Masters lead with a second-round 68 on the strength of five straight back-nine birdies. Lee Westwood, meanwhile, found some polish for his game that hasn't been seen recently and the Walrus says he's probably made his last stand at Augusta National.

Here are 5 Things to know from Friday at the Masters.

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1. WATSON'S LEFT-HAND MAN? Ted Scott had a ringside seat to the ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Matt Fitzpatrick during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Matt Fitzpatrick during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Matt Fitzpatrick came to the 18th hole needing a birdie to make the cut. That’s a tall order for any player at the Masters, let alone a 145-pound teenager from Sheffield, England.

Alas, the 10-foot birdie putt slid past the hole. On to Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he’ll play in the RBC Heritage next week on a sponsor exemption. His caddie, Loren Duncan, is already there, having been replaced this week for having improper footwear.

“Disappointed. Obviously to miss by one is very disappointing,” Fitzpatrick said. “But it's just one of them things ...

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Jim McCabe
Phil Mickelson followed an opening-round 76 with a 1-over 73 on Friday to miss the cut by one shot at Augusta National.
Phil Mickelson followed an opening-round 76 with a 1-over 73 on Friday to miss the cut by one shot at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – For so many Aprils his Masters anxiety began, as romanticists claim it does, on the back nine on Sunday.

But for Phil Mickelson, this year it began over dinner on Friday. He was relegated to watching others try and get him inside the cut.

Such is the mystifying metamorphosis of Mickelson here at Augusta National that he left his cherished corner of the golf world on a sun-splashed Friday afternoon not knowing if he would be driving down Magnolia Lane for weekend play. Once an icon, he’s now an enigma – and if you’re having trouble getting ...

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Nick Masuda
Fred Couples acknowledges the gallery after his final birdie of the day, making a 10-footer on No. 13.
Fred Couples acknowledges the gallery after his final birdie of the day, making a 10-footer on No. 13.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – We've seen this Masters storyline before . . . in 2010 . . . 2011 . . . 2012 . . . and, for good measure, in 2013.

So why should we expect anything else in 2014?

By all accounts, the 54-year-old Fred Couples should be overpowered by Augusta National. So why has he been inside the top 10 after 36 holes for the past four years?

Actually, make that five years.

The fan favorite took on difficult conditions Friday afternoon and returned a 1-under 71, moving him to 2 under on the tournament and in a tie for seventh.

"Well, I'm averaging 76 the last two Saturdays ...

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Golfweek Staff
Bubba Watson during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson during Friday's second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

Second-place to start Friday at Augusta National had read like a veritable who's who of recent Masters: defending champion Adam Scott, 2012 winner Bubba Watson and 2012 runner-up Louis Oosthuizen.

It was Watson who charged to the lead, rolling off five straight back-nine birdies en route to a 68.

Recap the highlights of the second round of 2014 Masters right here – and scroll down to catch up on this week's coverage!

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Update #69: 7:23 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy will play ...

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Adam Schupak
Carl Lohren enjoys an annual trek to Augusta National's eighth tee, where he studies the swings of the world's top players (shown here during the 2007 Senior PGA Championship).
Carl Lohren enjoys an annual trek to Augusta National's eighth tee, where he studies the swings of the world's top players (shown here during the 2007 Senior PGA Championship).

AUGUSTA, Ga. – One of my traditions at the Masters is to mosey on down to the eighth hole, the one they call Yellow Jasmine, and sit with Carl Lohren, a 76-year-old PGA professional and longtime teacher in the Metropolitan PGA section who has spent a lifetime studying the golf swing.

There’s an old story about the time the car Lohren was riding in stopped at a traffic light. Lohren stepped outside to experiment with a new idea about his swing. The driver didn't notice this. When the light turned green the car sped off and Lohren was left ...

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Jeff Rude
Bubba Watson during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bubba Ball is at the top of the Masters marquee again, this time buoyed by five consecutive birdies. Bomb it, curve it, wedge it, putt it. He’s hitting green after green and, midway anyway, is in the best position to wear green, what with a three-stroke advantage a year after that hangover he didn’t know how to cure.

In an era of gurus and swing positions, Watson is an anomaly because of his power and self-taught process. He plays golf as if he’s boomeranging Wiffle balls in the backyard – only his Wiffle ball might travel ...

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