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Bubba Watson hits from the fairway of the 17th hole during the second round of The Masters on Friday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. USA TODAY Sports

Watson leads after 2nd round of The Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson made five birdies in a row to snatch the halfway lead at the 78th Masters on Friday as some of golf’s biggest names, including Phil Mickelson, failed to make it past the second round.

While most of the world’s best golfers struggled to make par in the brutally tough conditions at Augusta National, Watson surged into contention for a second green jacket in three years.

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