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Spieth opens with 2-shot lead at Masters

Jordan Spieth current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Jordan Spieth

Second Round — PGA Tour — Masters PGA TOURTournament — Augusta National Golf Club — Augusta, Georgia —

Not all bogey-free rounds are created equally.

Jordan Spieth’s bogey-free 6-under-66 seemed a little different Thursday at Augusta National.The 22-year-old built a two-shot advantage through 18 holes in his quest to defend the Masters championship.

Spieth raced out early Thursday ahead of the more difficult weather patterned. Round two, Spieth tees off at 12:55 p.m. local time and might already have lost his lead.

Spieth is trying to become just the fourth player to win back-to-win Masters joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo.

Young tournament winners Danny Lee and Shane Lowry are both T-2 at 4-under just two back. Lee is 38th in the world rankings, while Lowry is 32nd and won the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational last year.

A host of high-profile players are 3-under through one round including Ian Poulter, MastersPaul Casey, Sergio Garcia and former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. Rose was T-2 here to Spieth last year, while Casey and Poulter both logged T-6 finishes.

For bettors, Spieth was, of course, one of the favorites at 11-to-1 odds. But Lee was a whopping long shot at 225-1 at Silverton Casino in Las Vegas on Monday. Lowry was 175-1 and Poulter was listed at 150-1.

Other Masters News:

  • The surprise of the day might have been Jason Day, the World No. 1. Day was 5-under through 14 holes before a triple bogey and then closed out Thursday even par.
  • Rickie Fowler turned some heads. One of the early-week favorites shot 80 including two double bogeys, a triple and four bogeys.
  • In a run for his career Grand Slam, Rory McIlroy opened up 2-under-70 to stay within striking distance. He was T-9 after day one.