Watson fires 62 at Doral
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Bubba Watson fired a 10-under 62 Friday to grab a one-stroke lead after the second round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship.
Watson finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 132. The left-hander has three PGA Tour wins to his credit, but has yet to win a World Golf Championships tournament.
"I made a few putts yesterday and today, just feeding off of [Justin Rose] and Mark [Wilson] played good, he shot two-under around this golf course," said Watson. "We all were just feeding off each other, having fun, joking around, picking on each other and somehow we made putts and at the end of the day we all shot a pretty good number."
Rose matched the second-best score of the day with his eight-under 64. Rose is alone in second place at minus-11.
First-round co-leader Adam Scott shot four-under 68 and is alone in third at 10-under-par 134. Peter Hanson is one back at minus-nine after firing a 65.
PGA Champion Keegan Bradley (67) and Thomas Bjorn (68) share fifth place at eight-under-par 136 at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
Tiger Woods carded a bogey-free, five-under 67 Friday, but still lost ground to Watson. Woods finished two rounds at five-under-par 139, where he was joined by five others, including Matt Kuchar (67) and Steve Stricker (70).
Woods played the back nine first on Friday and birdied the 10th and 12th, both par-fives. He parred six in a row before making birdie on the par-five first.
The six-time champion dropped in back-to-back birdie efforts at four and five, then closed with four consecutive pars.
"This is the highest score I could have shot today for sure. It could have been pretty low today," Woods said.
Watson and Rose matched five birdies on their opening nine, the back nine at Doral.
Rose birdied three in a row from the 10th to quickly jump to six-under.
Watson also birdied No. 10, then poured in three consecutive birdies chances from the 12th to join Rose at minus-six.
Both players birdied the par-four 16th. Rose rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the 17th to move one ahead of his playing partner at minus-eight.
Rose two-putted for birdie at the par-five first and came right back with a two-foot birdie putt on two. That made it four birdies in five holes for Rose.
Watson matched him with a 10-foot birdie effort at the first and a six-footer for birdie at two. Watson briefly slipped two back when he failed to get up and down for par on No. 4.
The pair matched short birdie putts on the fifth. Watson made it two in a row as he sank a six-footer for birdie on the sixth. He drained another six-foot putt, this time for eagle, at the eighth.
That eagle gave Watson a one-stroke lead and he kept that with a par at the ninth, his last. Watson admitted afterwards that the course doesn't fit his eye.
"This golf course doesn't really suit me. My eye lines -- it's tough," Watson said. "It's tough for me. Not a big fan of No. 18. I normally play it really bad. Played it one-under so far."
Rose closed his round with four straight pars.
"It was a fun day of golf. It was nice to be in such a hot pairing with Bubba, both of us got going out there today, and both of us to be one and two after two rounds, is a nice situation to be in," Rose stated. "I think we both fed off one another out there, and I guess in somewhat tough conditions. When you see other guys making putts, making birdies, hitting iron shots close. Sometimes you feed off it."
NOTES: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy rallied with a three-under 69 to move into a share of 28th at minus-two...He played with world No. 2 Luke Donald, who shot 68 and is tied for 10th at six-under-par 138 and world No. 3 Lee Westwood, who fired a 67 to jump into a share of 34th at minus-one...Defending champion Nick Watney stumbled to a one-over 73 that left him at even-par 144...Jason Dufner. who shared the first-round lead with Scott, managed an even-par 72 and slid into a share of 10th at minus-six, where he was tied with Donald and three others.
03/09 18:41:25 ET