Spieth on a record Masters run to lead by five

Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:59pm EDT
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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...

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits off the fourth tee during second round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder