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Despite Tumble, Jordan Spieth Keeps Masters Lead

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Jordan Spieth shot his first over-par round at Augusta National on Friday, but he still holds the Masters lead. Spieth fired 2-over 74, his worst score in 10 rounds at this tournament. At 4-under 140, he is one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy (70-71). Spieth and McIlroy, Nos. 2 and 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will play in Saturday’s final group.

Spieth made birdies on 1st and 3rd holes, but four-putted for double-bogey on the 5th. He made two birdies and four bogeys the rest of the way. He made bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 before finishing the round with a par.

Rory meanwhile, shot a one-under 71 to get within grasp of a career grand slam. Rory started strong with Biridies on the 2nd and 3rd holes. But, a double-bogey on the 4th and a bogey on the 5th ended up being a major setback that would only see him make pars on the rest of the front nine. After another bogey on the 11th, He started to tear up the back nine with birdies on the 13th, 15th, and 16th respectively.

Windy conditions halted any big rounds Friday and saw scoring tumble as more and more fought to play onto the weekend. In all, only 4 players shot under par in the 2nd round (Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Troy Merritt and Daniel Berger) and even then they were all one-under 71’s. The cut line was 6-over also saw past champion Bubba Watson being the only one to make it on the number.

Also, one of the biggest stories is Amateur Bryson DeChambeau. The former SMU golfer is only 4 strokes off the lead, but made plenty of noise today. At one point, he was within the top 5 before a bogey on the 15th and a costly triple bogey at 18th sent him back down to even par for both the round and the tournament. Additionally,  DeChambeau will turn professional after this weekend and will make his pro debut at the RBC Heritage, meaning he will forfeit his exemptions to the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

Finally, 2 time Masters winner Tom Watson bidded farewell the Augusta National after missing the cut by 2 strokes (+8). Tom won this event in 1977 and 1981. Watson also played his last British Open last year.

 

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