The golfer on Day 1 of the Masters looking most likely to wear the green jacket on Day 4 may be the most green player on the course.
Justin Spieth, 21, enjoys a three-stroke lead after 18 holes at Augusta National entering Friday’s round. Spieth shot a 64, just one stroke off the course record on Thursday.
Spieth entered the tournament at 9/1 odds to win, behind only Rory McIlroy. On the strength of a recent impressive run, which includes a win at the Valspar Championship, Spieth teed off Thursday as the pick of more than a few insiders and smarts.
“I didn’t drive the ball particularly well, didn’t strike the ball great,” the boy wonder explained. “I capitalized on some really good breaks today.”
Charley Hoffman, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, and Jason Day sat three strokes back at 67. Of the eleven golfers three-under par or better, not one has won the tournament.
Rory McIlroy shot a 71, making him one-under par and seven strokes back from Spieth.
Tiger Woods shot a respectable round remarkable only in that it was unremarkable. Relative to his old self, he looked pedestrian. Relative to his recent self, he looked much improved at one-over par. There were no deactivated glutes or meltdowns in his form. Currently tied for 41st, he needs to perform well on Friday to play past the cut into Saturday.
“You know, I’m still in it,” Woods, appearing healthier than upon our last look, told the press. “I’m only nine back.”