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Bubba Watson of the US lines up a putt shot on eighth green during the second round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament
Bubba Watson celebrates after making a birdie on the 14th yesterday

Masters 2014 leaderboard: Bubba Watson leads the way after day two

The 2012 champion inverted the McIlroy experience to set the Augusta telegraph ablaze

Adam Scott is hoping to build on his competitive 69 as he continues to defend his Masters title

Masters 2014: Adam Scott in good shape to win rare back-to-back Masters titles

Only three players have managed the feat

McIlroy visited some seldom-seen parts of the course on the 10th and 13th, the latter after his ball hit a sprinkler and bounded into the azaleas which give the hole its name.

Masters 2014: Rory McIlroy aiming low at Augusta after scraping through the cut

Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy went in search of “something phenomenal” on Saturday to keep his faint hopes of winning the Masters alive at Augusta National.

Bubba Watson of the US lines up a putt shot on eighth green during the second round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament

Masters 2014 leaderboard: Who’s heading the field after Day 2?

Big names suffer early exit at Augusta

Phil Mickelson is five over after two rounds and his chances of making the cut were slim

Masters 2014: Phil Mickelson’s late rally looks in vain after triple bogey

To lose one of your most popular stars is unfortunate. To lose two smacks of carelessness. With Tiger Woods, the world No1, absent from the Masters for the first time in his professional career after recent back surgery, the last thing the Augusta National officials wanted to see was Phil Mickelson miss the cut.

Adam Scott is hoping to build on his competitive 69 as he continues to defend his Masters title

Masters 2014: Adam Scott hopes to dominate weekend after his solid start

For some, the burden of defending a championship can be overwhelming. For Adam Scott, it was pure joy – at least for a day.

Bubba Watson of the US lines up a putt shot on eighth green during the second round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament

Masters 2014: Bubba Watson – the new Tiger Woods of crazy golf

Augusta National’s heavenly, evil holes have a history of turning the world’s finest golfers stark raving mad. But some people get a head start. Bubba Watson even admits he is as mad as Alice’s Hatter. And they love him here.

Charley Hull (left) and Jodi Ewart- Shadoff of England and The European Team celebrate victory in 2013

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A view of the Augusta National course, host of The Masters

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Rory McIlroy fears the tricky pin positions at Augusta could hamper his Masters bid

Masters 2014: Rory McIlroy fears difficult pin positions despite positive start in bid for his third major title

McIlroy is three shots off the lead and well in contention heading into the second day

Luke Donald accepted he made a 'pretty dumb mistake' in touching the sand after a bunker shot during his opening round 79 at the Masters

Masters 2014: Luke Donald admits 'dumb mistake' after two-shot penalty for a bunker violation

Donald says the error is 'pretty frustrating and so unlike me' after carding an opening round 79

Dan Carter of the All Blacks rugby team

Augusta Diary: Golden Bear's long wait

Jack Nicklaus did not get his own Green Jacket until 1998, by which time he had won all six of his Masters titles, the first coming in 1963. "They don't know who was going to win so they put a 46 long on me. I'm a 43 regular. It looked like an overcoat," he said. "When I came back next year, there was no mention about getting a Green Jacket. There was a jacket that was put in my locker, Tom Dewey's a former governor of New York. So I put that on, and I won a few more Masters and kept putting Tom Dewey's on."

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the English amateur from Sheffield, jokes with his caddie after recovering by the third hole yesterday

Masters 2014: Double-bogey at the first? Welcome to Augusta, kid

After a calamitous start, US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick ended the day ahead of former champions Angel Cabrera and Zach Johnson, and tied Ian Poulter

Graeme McDowell is the best putter on the PGA Tour this season but even he struggled on the fast greens yesterday

Masters 2014: Graeme McDowell hopes the omens prove correct

Being the best putter on the PGA Tour so far this season may pay off on Augusta's treacherous greens

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