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Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Latest Scores and Standings from Day 2 at Augusta
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Tiger Woods' absence from the 2014 Masters hasn't lessened the buzz surrounding the year's first major.

There's still plenty of star power at Augusta National this spring, with past champions like Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson heading a deep field. 

Below we'll get you caught up with the latest scores and standings from Day 2 at the Masters, as well as a breakdown of some players to watch as the tournament wears on. 

 

Players to Watch 

Bubba Watson

2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson knows what it takes to win at Augusta National even if his track record at the year's first major isn't all that encouraging. 

Watson finished tied for 50th here a year ago and failed to finish better than 20th in the years prior to his success two years ago. However, a bogey-free first round on Thursday has the 35-year-old in contention for a second green jacket.

ESPN senior researcher Justin Ray points out just how rare Watson's first-round performance was:

Watson still has a long way to go this weekend but must be considered a contender given his 2012 triumph and his success on the par-fives on Thursday. 

Consistency will be the big question mark for Watson heading into the final two rounds. 

 

Louis Oosthuizen

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Like Watson, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen has been hit-or-miss at the Masters.

The 31-year-old finished second at Augusta in 2012 after coming up short against Watson in a playoff, but he missed the cut in each of his other four appearances. 

But Oosthuizen shot a three-under 69 on Day 1 to propel himself to the top of the leaderboard. Currently in the top 10 through 36 holes, you can bet the 2010 British Open champion will be a factor over the weekend. 

The key for Oosthuizen will be keeping his back healthy down the stretch. He talked about the nagging injury after Thursday's opening round, per GolfWeek.com's Jeff Rude:

Luckily, my back wasn’t a problem when I woke up this morning. It was good. Some days are good, some are bad, I’m just managing it. One of the things I need to manage is to not pick up my girl when she runs toward me. Hopefully it will be fine the next three days.

If Oosthuizen can avoid tweaking his back, he's proven he can play well enough here to win. 

 

Adam Scott

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If there's a player you shouldn't take your eyes off of this weekend, it's the defending champion Scott, who got off to another strong start on Thursday, knocking in five birdies en route to a three-under 69.

The 33-year-old Aussie clearly has momentum on his side at this event and won't be overwhelmed by the moment after exorcising his major demons a year ago.

Scott also has added motivation to win as he chases the world No. 1 ranking and looks to become the first back-to-back Masters champion since Woods claimed consecutive titles in 2001 and 2002. If he can continue to play with confidence and take advantage of the fast playing conditions, he's a lock to be in the mix come Sunday.

With no one running away on the leaderboard, Scott won't need to take too many risks on Friday and Saturday in order to be a factor down the stretch. 

 

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