Bubba Watson tears up back nine at Augusta to lead Masters

Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the Masters at the...

Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 11, 2014. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

AUGUSTA, GA. - Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, went on a back-nine birdie binge Friday to separate himself from the rest of the 2014 Masters field midway through the second round.

Watson was tooling along at even par for the day (three-under for the tournament) through 11 holes, then birdied five holes in a row to take a four-shot lead on his closest pursuers at eight-under-par through 16 holes.

First-round leader Bill Haas sits behind Watson at four-under, with Kevin Stadler, Jimmy Walker, K.J. Choi, Tomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt all at three-under.

Canadian Mike Weir was tied for eighth place at two-under midway through his second round. Fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet shot even-par 72 in his second round but had a disastrous round of 80 on Thursday and was destined to miss the 36-hole cut.

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