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Jordan Spieth Steaks Into Lead At Augusta

We all remember Jordan’s colapse here at Augusta years back.  From the looks of his play on Thursday, if he had not put that to bed prior, he is on his way to doing that this week.  Spieth played well and did  exactly what he does, and that is be the best putter in the world, especially in big situations.   The group Chasing is chalked full of former winners and top ten players. There is also a sprinkling of young up and coming players.  This is setting up to be one of the Best Weeks at Augusta EVER.

Jordan Spieth was rolling in Putts from all over and as the course wore down throughout the day, scores in general were dropping. He was one of a handful of players that were able to take advantage.   The Greens were receptive later in the day which provided opportunities to go low.

Chasing Jordan is 2 players are 4- under and 7 players at 3- under par.  Tony Finau, the young man who hit a hole in one on Wednesday at the Par three event and who danced around to celebrate And injured his ankle,  sits at 4- under currently.  He shares that spot with Matt Kuchar who played well  and was one of the players teeing off late that took advantage of the course.

Headlining the group at 3- under is Rory McIllroy, Charlie Hoffman, Patrick Reed, and Henrik Stenson.  Phil Mickelson finished at 2- under along with Ricki Fowler and Zach Johnson.

The temperatures today will be 78 degrees and no clouds.  The greens are going to dry out and slick up which means the low scores that took place yesterday will likely be more limited come this afternoon I believe.

Tiger finished at 1 over and had one of his worst rounds in recent weeks.  It looked as if early on in his round he just had no idea where the ball was going, though he was able to get control as the day went on.  More importantly, he was not making putts or putting himself into position to make a putt.  Dustin Johnson did not have a bad round either, but his play resembled what we have seen from him to start the year.  He is close, but just not all together on his game.  It could flip today or tomorrow, but if history bares out, that will not happen.

Reigning Champion Sergio Garcia recorded the highest single hole score in this Majors History as he carded a 13 on the par 5 15th hole.  He dropped 5 straight shots into the water… one after the other.  He and the fans watched in anguish while every shot trickled back into the water.  His round and tournament was ruined in 1 hole. It was very Tin Cup like, only it was not arrogance that made him drop the balls time and again.

 

 

Rory got off to a nice start and looked very comfortable with his putter on Thursday.  He will need that to continue in order to win this week and complete the Career Grand Slam which is an admitted goal of his.  He is on record of talking about wanting that under his belt and he does not pull punches about that fact.

Here is the Leaderboard heading into Friday.

 

1 Jordan Spieth United States -6
2T Tony Finau United States -4
2T Matt Kuchar United States -4
4T Rafa Cabrera Bello Spain -3
4T Adam Hadwin Canada -3
4T Charley Hoffman United States -3
4T Haotong Li China -3
4T Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland -3
4T Patrick Reed United States -3
4T Henrik Stenson Sweden -3
11T Rickie Fowler United States -2
11T Zach Johnson United States -2
11T Marc Leishman Australia -2
11T Phil Mickelson United States -2
11T Bernd Wiesberger Austria -2
16T Satoshi Kodaira Japan -1
16T Louis Oosthuizen South Africa -1
16T Xander Schauffele United States -1
16T Vijay Singh Fiji -1
20T Fred Couples United States 0
20T Tommy Fleetwood Britain 0
20T Doug Ghim United States 0
20T Kevin Kisner United States 0
20T Francesco Molinari Italy 0
20T Justin Rose Britain 0
20T Charl Schwartzel South Africa 0
20T Kyle Stanley United States 0
20T Cameron Smith Australia -1
29T Daniel Berger United States 1
29T Jason Dufner United States 1
29T Branden Grace South Africa 1
29T Brian Harman United States 1
29T Russell Henley United States 1
29T Dustin Johnson United States 1
29T Hideki Matsuyama Japan 1
29T Pat Perez United States 1
29T Thomas Pieters Belgium 1
29T Ted Potter, Jr. United States 1
29T Jimmy Walker United States 1
29T Bubba Watson United States 1
29T Tiger Woods United States 1
42T Wesley Bryan United States 2
42T Paul Casey Britain 2
42T Austin Cook United States 2
42T Bryson DeChambeau United States 2
42T Tyrrell Hatton Britain 2
42T Martin Kaymer Germany 2
42T Bernhard Langer Germany 2
42T Sandy Lyle Scotland 2
42T Ryan Moore United States 2
42T Alex Noren Sweden 2
42T Jose Maria Olazabal Spain 2
42T Ian Poulter Britain 2
42T Justin Thomas United States 2
55T Patrick Cantlay United States 3
55T Jason Day Australia 3
55T Matthew Fitzpatrick Britain 3
55T Jon Rahm Spain 3
55T Adam Scott Australia 3
55T Danny Willett Britain 3
61T Angel Cabrera Argentina 4
61T Yuta Ikeda Japan 4
61T Patton Kizzire United States 4
61T Larry Mize United States 4
61T Joaquin Niemann Chile 4
61T Doc Redman United States 4
61T Webb Simpson United States 4
61T Brendan Steele United States 4
61T Mike Weir Canada 4
61T Si Woo Kim South Korea 3
61T Chez Reavie United States 4
72T Kevin Chappell United States 5
72T Dylan Frittelli South Africa 5
72T Yusaku Miyazato Japan 5
72T Shubhankar Sharm India 5
72T Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela 5
72T Billy Horschel United States 4
78T Ross Fisher Britain 6
78T Trevor Immelman South Africa 6
78T Mark O’MearaUnited States 6
78T Gary Woodland United States 6
82T Kiradech Aphibarnrat Thailand 7
82T Yuxin Lin China 7
82T Ian Woosnam Wales 7
85T Sergio Garcia Spain 9
85T Matt Parziale United States 9
87 Harry Ellis Britain 14

 

 

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