Spieth on a record Masters run to lead by five
By Larry Fine
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth threatened to turn the year's first major into a runaway as he fired a six-under-par 66 for a five-shot lead and a Masters record for lowest 36-hole total at Augusta National on Friday.
Playing with a steely focus and pinpoint precision, the 21-year-old Spieth reached the halfway mark on 14-under-par 130 to surpass the 131 posted by Raymond Floyd on his way to winning the 1976 Masters.
"It's cool. Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome," said Spieth. "I'm very excited about today and the way I struck the ball."
Spieth, with 15 birdies and one bogey in his two rounds, also equalled the lowest 36-hole total for any major championship.
Spieth led by five over compatriot Charley Hoffman, who registered five birdies but bogeyed the last for a 68 and nine-under 135 on a hot, humid day amid the Georgia pines.
Dustin Johnson set another Masters mark as he flew up the leaderboard with a record three eagles on the par-fives to record a 67 for seven-under 137.
Former U.S. Open winner Justin Rose (70) and fellow Englishman Paul Casey (68) were also on 137.
One shot farther back was three-times winner Phil Mickelson, who made four birdies on the back nine for a four-under 68 and a 138 total. Continued...