Bubba Watson is craving more success at the US Masters, as he leads the competition at the midway stage.

Watson, who won at Augusta in 2012, is three shots clear of his nearest challenger, John Senden, after 36 holes and tops the leader-board with a score of seven-under-par.

And being on course to take home the title again has made him determined to win the green jacket for the second time in his career.

He said to reporters in Georgia: “I'm trying to get the jacket back. I want that feeling again.

"Hopefully, I'm back here tomorrow afternoon. I've won golf tournaments. I've been lucky enough to win here. I've just got to keep my head down, same thing I've been doing the last two days, same thing I did earlier this year."

The 35-year-old American was in blistering form today and surged to the front of the field with a stunning display of golf.

Watson made a steady start to his round, going round the front nine in even par, but a run of five consecutive birdies at holes 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 led to him going carding a score of 68, four-under for the day. The unorthodox golfer modestly stated that his streak of birdies wasn’t particularly special, though.

He said: "You're so focused on what you are doing, you are not really thinking you have just had three in a row, four in a row.

"It's one of those things. Everyone has had that stretch before, playing with their buddies or playing in a tournament, so it's not that big a deal when we think about it.

"But at the Masters, it makes it a big deal."

The American also believes he is in a better shape of mind than when he was defending his crown last year. In 2013 Watson ended up in T50 position, but he believes that he is more focused on regaining the green jacket this time around.

"I could enjoy the Champions Dinner this time and listen to the stories. I was in awe when I was the champion, when it was my dinner," he said. "I didn't know how to handle it the best way, so I didn't play my best golf last year.

"It drains you a lot more than you know. Every sponsor that you have, every company you represent, they want a piece of your time."

Despite his good early form here, Watson will be wary of his poor record when he has previously led at the midway stage of a tournament.

Indeed, despite building up a sizeable lead this tournament is far from over, as the one-time major winner has gone on to win a competition just once before, from eight attempts, when leading after 36 holes.

He will also be hoping that if he is to win this year it is in far less dramatic circumstances than last time around.

In 2012, Watson was forced to play a play-off against Louis Oosthuizen, after the pair finished level through 72 holes, and held his nerve to claim victory – producing one of the most memorable shots ever seen at Augusta National in the process, when he struck a recovery shot, from in the trees, to within ten foot of the tenth hole, to secure victory.

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