Jordan Spieth fired a second round 66 to post the lowest 36-hole total ever recorded at the U.S. Masters. The 21-year-old finished the first two rounds on 14-under-par.
Spieth continued the superb form he showed in round one to take a five shot lead over Charley Hoffman into the weekend at Augusta. His 14-under-par halfway total is one better than the previous record set by Raymond Floyd in 1976.
“It’s cool. Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome,” Spieth said. “I’m very excited about today and the way I struck the ball. I struck it, I thought, better than yesterday and didn’t rely on the breaks as much.”
Spieth’s nearest pursuer is his fellow American Charley Hoffman. The Las Vegan carded a second round of 68 to go with his opening 67. Two Englishman share a tie for third, Justin Rose and Paul Casey posted second rounds of 70 and 68 respectively to go into the weekend on seven-under-par.
In his first appearance at Augusta since 2012, Casey is delighted with his current form.
“I’m very happy,” Casey said. “I’ve played wonderful golf, I really have. I struck it better today than yesterday. Jordan is sticking a target out there for everyone to chase and I’m feeling no pressure because I’m halfway there. I’ve posted by far the best two rounds I’ve ever played at Augusta so I’m just going to enjoy it.”
Justin Rose is confident that he can still challenge for the victory.
“I’m seven back going into the weekend but a lot can happen on this golf course,” he said. “There’s some magic out there. I’ll keep playing my game and hopefully something special can happen.”
Former World Number 1 Tiger Woods enjoyed a good day, posting a 69 – his first sub-70 score at Augusta since 2011. He’s two-under-par.
Rory McIlroy rallied late in his round to make the cut. He carded an eagle and three birdies in his last six holes to finish 36-holes on two-under-par.
1998 champion Mark O’Meara played a fine second round of 68. The 58-year-old is tied for 12th on three-under-par.
U.S Masters Leaderboard After Day 2
1 Jordan Spieth (USA) 64 66 130
2 Charley Hoffman (USA) 67 68 135
T3 Justin Rose (Eng) 67 70 137
T3 Dustin Johnson (USA) 70 67 137
T3 Paul Casey (Eng) 69 68 137
6 Phil Mickelson (USA) 70 68 138
7 Ernie Els (RSA) 67 72 139
T8 Kevin Na (USA) 74 66 140
T8 Kevin Streelman (USA) 70 70 140
T8 Bill Haas (USA) 69 71 140
T8 Ryan Moore (USA) 74 66 140
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage