It didn’t take a rocket scientist to pick Jordan Spieth as a favorite entering The Masters; after all, the 21-year-old Texan’s last three starts have netted one title and two playoff losses.
Still, this much? This soon?
On Thursday at Augusta National, Spieth made his supporters look like geniuses by firing an 8-under 64, racing to a three-stroke lead at the first Major of the year. He missed the course record by a single stroke, but is still the youngest man to lead The Masters after one round, breaking Rory McIlroy’s record by three months.
“I need to play some really, really good golf,” Spieth said. “And I need to hit my driver and I need to hit my irons better than I did [Thursday] to have a chance to win this week.”
He hit 15 of 18 greens. About the only negative about Spieth’s round was that no player has won the tournament by leading wire to wire since 2008.
Four players are tied for second, three strokes behind Spieth: Charley Hoffman, who led for most of the day out of the first group; Justin Rose, Ernie Els, and Jason Day.