Playing in easier conditions than the day before, Bubba Watson made five consecutive birdies on the back nine Friday to take the 36-hole lead. Adam Scott, the first-round leader, fought his way back from three over par on the day to shoot 72 and sit only four strokes back of Watson. Here's how the leader board finished after 36 holes:
Position Player Score 1 Bubba Watson -7 2 John Senden -4 T-3 Thomas Bjorn -3 T-3 Jonas Blixt -3 T-3 Adam Scott -3 T-3 Jordan Spieth -3 T-7 Fred Couples -2 T-7 Jimmy Walker -2 T-7 Jim Furyk -2 T-10 Kevin Streelman -1 T-10 Stephen Gallacher -1 T-10 Russell Henley -1 T-10 Kevin Stadler -1 T-10 Jamie Donaldson -1 T-15 Lucas Glover E T-15 Matt Kuchar E T-15 Louis Oosthuizen E T-15 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano E T-15 Lee Westwood E T-15 Brandt Snedeker E > >
Using updated odds from the betting website Bovada, here's how the top end of the leader board shakes-out. Despite the presence of players with relatively few PGA Tour wins on the actual leader board, notice how many of them are overtaken by players with more experience. Matt Kuchar, for example, is given the same odds to win as Thomas Bjorn, despite Bjorn's three-shot advantage.
Position Player Score 1 Bubba Watson 2/1 2 Adam Scott 9/2 3 Jordan Spieth 10/1 4 John Senden 16/1 5 Jimmy Walker 18/1 6 Jim Furyk 22/1 T-7 Matt Kuchar 25/1 T-7 Thomas Bjorn 25/1 T-9 Lee Westwood 33/1 T-9 Jonas Blixt 33/1 T-9 Fred Couples 33/1 12 Brandt Snedeker 40/1 T-13 Louis Oosthuizen 50/1 T-13 Jamie Donaldson 50/1 15 Russell Henley 66/1 T-16 Kevin Stadler 80/1 T-16 Kevin Streelman 80/1 T-16 Stephen Gallacher 80/1 19 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 125/1 20 Lucas Glover 200/1
"In truth, Bubba should win from here," says Mike Grenham, a member of the broadcast division at William Hill and host of William Hill's Golf Betting Podcast. "If Bubba backtracks, Kuchar and Oosthuizen interest me each-way at 25/1 and 50/1."