Records tumble again for Spieth
After his 64 on Thursday, the lowest opening round seen at the Masters since Greg Norman in 1996, the records continued to tumble for Spieth after a six-under round of 66 yesterday.
At 14-under for the tournament at the halfway stage, the 21-year-old has the lowest 36-hole score to par in major championship history, the lowest 36-hole score in Masters history and at a total score of 130, ties the lowest after 36 holes in major championship history.
Speaking after his round, the American said: “It's cool. Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome. I'm very excited about today and the way I struck the ball. I struck it, I thought, better than yesterday.
"I've just got to keep my head down" - Jordan Spieth
“To have one bogey through 36 holes on this track means that I'm putting well and putting from short distances well. I've just got to keep my head down and find greens in regulation so that I can continue to have looks.”
His fellow players continued to be in awe of the five-shot leader, with Sergio Garcia tweeting: “That wasn’t what I had planned this morning but at least we get to do it again two more days! Amazing display of golf from @JordanSpieth.”
Eagles galore for DJ
It would be pretty unfair if Spieth was the only one to break records this week. Step forward Dustin Johnson, who became the first player in Masters history to rack up three eagles in one round at three of the four par-5s
On his way to a round of 67 and a share of third on seven-under alongside English pair Justin Rose and Paul Casey, the WGC-Cadillac Championship winner, who leads the driving distance over the first two days by more than 20 metres, eagled the second, eighth and 15th and birdied the 13th to be seven-under for the par-5s. All that after a double-bogey at the first too.
He tweeted: “Three eagles! A really good round but need to limit my mistakes!! Paired with @JustinRose99 chasing @JordanSpieth! #Masters #MadeOfGreatness.”
Ben Crenshaw, a two-time winner of the Masters in 1984 and 1995, said an emotional to Augusta in his final ever appearance at the tournament.
The 63-year-old, who was playing in his 44th Masters, was joined by his wife Julie, his three daughters and long-time caddie Carl Jackson, who was meant to be carrying Crenshaw’s bag this week but couldn’t due to ill-health.
The pair, who were together for both Masters wins, embraced on the 18th green and Crenshaw saluted the crowd, saying afterwards that ‘I felt like I’ve won the tournament’.
Tiger ticking along nicely
A second round of 69 ensured Woods’ safe passage into the weekend, with the four-time Masters champion sitting in T19.
Only eight players shot better than three-under on Friday and, as the picture shows, Tiger seems pretty happy with his game.
It will be interesting to see how Woods manages himself over the weekend though, as he has only completed one official four-round tournament in more than a year (the Open, 2014).
Rory battles to birdie-birdie finish
A pair of 71s is maybe not quite what the Northern Irishman would’ve wanted as he searches for the career grand slam but he’s safely through to the weekend, which at one stage seemed like it may not happen.
The 25-year-old played the front nine in 40 but rallied down the stretch, recording birdies on the tenth, 15th, 17th and 18th and an eagle on the 13th to bring himself back into the mix.
At two-under par though, the world No.1 is 12 behind Spieth, so the chances of achieving that career grand slam come tomorrow night seem incredibly slim.
No Scots at the weekend
In his second Masters appearance, Stephen Gallacher followed up his round of 71 on Thursday with a 76 yesterday, thus missing the cut by just one stroke. The 40-year-old will no doubt be disappointed after making the cut on his debut last year on his way to a T34 finish.
Sandy Lyle, Masters champion in 1988, was six-over while British Amateur champion Bradley Neil, who was making his debut at Augusta, finished 13-over.
Despite his score, the 19-year-old revealed he’d taken a lot from his first taste of the Masters. He tweeted: “Not my week but had an amazing time @TheMasters. Thanks to everyone for the support! Lots of positives! #TeamBradley.”