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Watson going well in Phoenix

Bubba Watson shot a second-round 66 to claim a share of the clubhouse lead at the PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Watson's 64 in the first round left him level with South Korea's YE Yang at the top of the leaderboard on seven under, and the 2012 Masters champion enjoyed another good showing at TPC Scottsdale on Friday.

He carded seven birdies and two bogeys in his second round and it would have been even better for the 35-year-old had it not been for a disappointing finish, with those two dropped shots coming in his last three holes.

Nevertheless, his 66 left the American level with Matt Jones on 12 under for the tournament.

Jones also drained seven birdies but recorded only one bogey - on the par-four ninth - as he collected his second successive 65.

Watson and Jones hold a two-shot lead over nearest challengers Greg Chalmers and Harris English, who both shot 67s to move to 10 under, while a bogey on the last dropped Hideki Matsuyama back to fifth spot on nine under.

Five players are on eight under, including Kevin Stadler who was two under after his opening five holes and looking to further climb the leaderboard.

Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, also made a good start to his second round with birdies on two of his first three holes taking him to two under following his opening-day 71.

The five-time major winner overcame a back injury to take his place in the field.

It was not such a good day for England's Lee Westwood though, as he followed up his 67 on Thursday with a 75 that included four bogeys and a double-bogey.

Westwood did manage to pick up birdies on the 15th and 17th but that may still not be enough to save him from the cut.