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Mixed emotions for Bubba as he hits back at wayward claims

Bubba Watson denied his game was wayward after a mixed second round at the Open.

The two-time Masters winner climbed up the leaderboard at Royal Birkdale with two early birdies yesterday but was unable to maintain that standard.

Watson dropped strokes on four successive holes from the seventh, including a double bogey on the 10th, and there was another double at the 14th.

Mixing those with three more birdies, Watson shot a two-over-par 72 to reach the tournament's halfway stage level par.

The American was unimpressed with suggestions he was erratic as he spoke to media after a round played in testing conditions.

"Well, wayward, that's a tough word", he said. "There's a lot of wind out there. I don't know how you played that hole today, but it's very difficult.

"I made a couple of double bogeys. The middle stretch into this wind, was difficult. I told Teddy (Scott, his caddie), even though I was two under, if I could shoot even par for two days, I would have made the cut, and it would mean I'm playing pretty good."

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