Spieth stretches Masters lead with another dazzling display
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) 12:49 p.m.
So much for the Masters not being decided until the back nine Sunday.
If this keeps up, they can start fitting Jordan Spieth for a green jacket before the weekend.
The 21-year-old Texan is looking to blow away the field, keeping up his dazzling play Friday in the second round at Augusta National. He's already made four birdies through the first 10 holes, pushing his score to a staggering 12-under par and stretching his lead to a commanding five strokes over Charley Hoffman.
No one else was within seven shots of the lead.
Ernie Els summed it up best after Spieth opened with an 8-under 64, just one stroke off the major championship scoring record.
"He's special," the Big Easy said. "Nothing stands out, because he does everything well. He's going to be tough to beat."
Spieth's main competition seemed to be the record book. He has a shot at Augusta's 36-hole scoring record, a 13-under 131 posted by Raymond Floyd in 1976.
As for Tiger Woods, he's playing well in the second round, his score at 2 under for the day as he approaches the turn.
He looks safe to keep alive his streak of never missing a Masters cut as a professional.
But catching Spieth? That would take a monumental comeback.
The same goes for world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who has a late tee time. In all four of his major titles, he was either leading or right in the mix heading to the weekend. That is unlikely to be the case at this Masters, casting serious doubt on his hopes of completing a career Grand Slam.
Jordan Spieth is 10-under par at the Masters. And it's not even lunchtime Friday.
The 21-year-old Texan stretched his lead to five strokes with an 18-foot birdie putt at the fifth hole. He also birdied the par-5 second after coming up just short of the green with his approach, then chipping up next to the flag for a short birdie putt.
Just as important, Spieth is making all the testy, par-saving putts that can ruin your day at Augusta National. A 4-footer at No. 1. A 6-footer at the third. A 3-footer at the fourth.
Tiger Woods started his day with a birdie at the first, getting back to even par for the tournament.
But he's still a staggering 10 shots off the lead.
Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is making a move early in the second round at the Masters.
Oosthuizen, who lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson three years ago, birdied the first two holes Friday and added another birdie at No. 5, pushing his score to 3 under for the day and the tournament.
He is now five strokes behind leader Jordan Spieth, who just teed off and made par on the first hole.
Ernie Els has slipped back to 5 under with a bogey at the par-3 fourth. The Big Easy is tied for second, three shots back, with Jason Day, Justin Rose and Charley Hoffman. Sergio Garcia and Russell Henley are both 4 under.
Ernie Els has already cut into Jordan Spieth's lead at the Masters, making a birdie at the second hole to pull within two strokes of the top spot.
On an overcast morning at Augusta National, the South African started play Friday with possible storms in the forecast.
Jordan Spieth tees off in just before 10 a.m. EDT.
Spieth is loosening up in the practice area after opening Thursday with an 8-under 67, which gave him a three-stroke lead on Els, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Charley Hoffman.
Day and Hoffman also have morning tee times. Rose goes off in the early afternoon.
Tiger Woods, nine shots back a 1 over, begins his second round at 10:30. He's trying to avoid missing the Masters cut for the first time in his pro career.