Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:17am
Watson: Three clear of the field - but Monty is unconvinced by his challenge
Colin Montgomerie says he has ‘no confidence’ in Bubba Watson converting his three-shot day two lead into a second Green Jacket win.
The 2012 champion heads the Masters field after signing off a 68-shot round on Friday, which included a stunning streak of five straight birdies.
"That second shot to the last gave me and everybody around there no confidence at all."
However, Sky Sports expert Montgomerie insisted the Florida-born 35-year-old - who currently sits at seven under par - still has plenty to do to hold off the challenge of his pursuers, John Senden (-4), reigning champion Adam Scott, Jonas Blixt, Jordan Spieth and Thomas Bjorn (all -3) – and is concerned about some rash shots Watson produced during his second round.
“Yes he can hit the ball off the tee but that second shot to the last gave me and everybody around there no confidence at all,” said Montgomerie.
“That was an awful shot he hit to the last green, knowing he was four ahead of the pack. That brought him back to three and I don’t have any confidence in Bubba Watson, sorry.”
However, something which may work in Watson’s favour is the course set up at Augusta National.
Current Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says the first two days have been tough for the players but he expects the famous Georgia greens to become softer and easier over the weekend.
“What we’ve learned from the Masters is you do have a lot of days like this – when they do toughen the golf course up. They firm it up, hide a lot of the pins; they give you a few opportunities but not a lot,” he said.
“However, over the last number of years they have softened the golf course in terms of pin positions and firmness of the greens over the weekend.
“They like to hear noise; they want to hear noise reverberating around these trees over the weekend. They want to hear eagles, birdies and catastrophes happening.
“Maybe not so much Saturday but certainly on Sunday I’d expect to see the golf course playing a lot easier.”