AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth was gratified with a six-under 66 that gave him a two-stroke lead after a initial spin of a Masters though with a memory of his 2016 fall still uninformed in his mind a Texan knows improved than to get carried divided with a good start during Augusta National.
Spieth stormed past a swarming leaderboard on Thursday with a fibre of 5 uninterrupted birdies from a par-five 13th before dropping a shot during a 18th.
“I consider this golf march is a lot easier to play if we feel like we can only strike a core of a greens and pierce from there and wait for your chances,” Spieth told reporters. “It’s easy to contend that.
“If we get off to a good start, you’re in control of your possess fate, contra wanting a small bit of help.”
Spieth, who has dual runner-up finishes and a exile feat during a final 4 Masters, has copiousness of heavy-hitters stalking him. 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy, who is a Green Jacket divided from a career grand slam, are both within 3 shots.
Two years ago, Spieth was in primary position to urge his Masters pretension though somehow managed to exhaust a five-stroke lead with 9 holes to play.
He went bogey-bogey-quadruple spook after creation a turn, holding a degrading 7 during a brief par-three 12th after twice striking in Rae’s Creek, to probably palm a Green Jacket to England’s Danny Willett.
“This contest mostly feels like there’s 6 rounds with how a weekend grub is,” pronounced a 24-year-old. “I feel like I’m kind of one spin down out of six, so I’m not removing forward of myself.”
Spieth says his putting cadence and iron play are coming a levels that have also won him U.S. Open and British Open titles.
“This golf march specifically, brings out a lot of feel in my game, and we consider that’s advantageous,” he said.
“It’s good that we was means to fire a measure like this. I putted well, though we didn’t putt amazingly well.
“I only strike some unequivocally plain iron shots on that behind 9 to go with only some solid, inside of 10, 12 feet, putting.”
The calamity of 2016, however, has not faded from memory.
“You know, either it’s tomorrow or it’s Saturday or Sunday, I’ll always have demons out here,” pronounced Spieth.
“But I’ll always have a extensive volume of certainty out here. Once we win here, we have an advantage over anybody who hasn’t won here.
“Today we felt a Sunday-type vigour of heading a Masters on a center of that behind nine, and practiced intensely well.”
Editing by Peter Rutherford