Young contender Spieth minding his mentor at Masters

Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:35pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Precocious Jordan Spieth is minding his mentor Ben Crenshaw, keeping his emotions under control and staying patient in the thick of the hunt at the midway point of the Masters.

Playing his first Masters, the 20-year-old Spieth shot 71 in Thursday's opening round then went one better on Friday when the wind howled across the Augusta National pines, to tie for third place at three-under 141, four shots behind leader Bubba Watson.

"Mr. Crenshaw says it best, the Masters brings out emotion in guys that aren't emotional," Spieth told reporters.

"I'm already emotional and I got to keep it on the down low.

My caddie (Michael Greller) has been doing a great job of keeping me calm, level headed, and focused on bogey as the worst score."

Spieth, who eagled the par-five 15th to jump up the leaderboard, is one the leading lights of golf's new generation.

The Texan has been earmarked for greatness since he won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011, joining Tiger Woods as the tournament's only multiple winners, and his progress in the professional ranks has been jaw-dropping.

In 2013, his first season on the PGA Tour, he won the John Deere Classic, at 19 becoming the youngest winner in 82 years on the Tour.   Continued...

U.S. golfer Jordan Spieth hits from the sand on the 16th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder