Jordan Spieth Enters Saturday as Clear Favorite after Setting Masters Record

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Jordan Spieth continues his complete dominance at Augusta National.

The 21-year-old broke the all-time Masters record, shooting 14 under over two rounds. He eclipsed Ray Floyd’s previous best of 13 under in 1976. Moreover, with today’s round of 66 and his combined score of 130, Spieth tied the all-time record for 36 holes in a Major Championship.

To put Spieth’s play into perspective, the world’s number-one-ranked golfer (probably not for long), Rory McIlroy, finds himself 12 strokes back, as does Tiger Woods, from the leader. Charley Hoffman remains within striking distance at nine under par. Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey, and Justin Rose round out the top five at seven strokes back of the Texan.

Spieth entered the tournament just behind Rory McIlroy in the betting odds despite owning no hardware from Majors. The 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year won the Valpar Championship last month and played as a runner-up at the subsequent Shell Houston Open. He finished second to Bubba Watson at Augusta last year.

John Feinstein told Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner, “You can often see genius young.” If Spieth, who made his first PGA cut as an amateur at the age of 16, goes on to win the tournament, he will be the second youngest ever to win the storied competition. Woods won the Masters in 1997 when he was 21 years and three months old. Spieth would be 21 years and eight months if he slips on the green jacket on Sunday.