Watson and Rose out front at Doral

Updated: March 10, 2012

Big-hitting American Bubba Watson and lanky Englishman Justin Rose played together at Doral’s Blue Monster on Friday – and profited handsomely.

Watson blazed into the second round lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at 12-under 132 with a blistering 10-under 62 that was only a shot away from the course record and Rose came close behind to grab second place at the halfway stage of this second of the season’s World Golf Championship events with an eight-under 64.

The overnight leaders, meanwhile, slipped down the leaderboard, Adam Scott into sole third place with a 4-under 68 and Jason Dufner into a five-way tie for 10th that included World No 2 Luke Donald with a tame, level-par 72.

Donald shot a 68.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIroy, the man who took the World No 1 crown away from Donald last week, opened his round like a steam-train, but his eagle-birdie start fizzled.

He will head into the weekend all of ten shots behind the leaders after only managing a second round 69.

Tiger Woods did a little better, adding a 5-under 67 to his disappointing first round 72, but it left him trailing by seven shots and hardly set him up as a major threat to the front runners