Dominant Jordan Spieth breaks 36-hole Masters record

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A bogey-free 66 takes Jordan Spieth into the Augusta record books

Jordan Spieth strengthened his position at the top of the Masters leaderboard by breaking Ray Floyd’s 36-hole record at Augusta National.

The 21-year-old reached 14 under par by following up his opening 64 with a flawless 66.

It is now a case of whether or not Spieth can keep his foot on the accelerator pedal, and if he can, surely the Green Jacket will be his on Sunday afternoon.

The chasing pack consists of Charley Hoffman -9, Justin Rose, Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson -7 and Phil Mickelson -6. 

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are both 12 shots back on -2.

Once again, Spieth raced out of the block with birdies at 2, 5, 8 and continued in the same vein on the back nine picking up shots on 10, 13 and 15.

Floyd’s record of -13 was made at the 1976 Masters – a tournament which the American went on to win.
The next target for Spieth could be Tiger Wood’s record winning score of -18" “I have been on my game and coming to a place that I love,” Spieth said.

“It’s special to be here and just be in the tournament let alone out front.

“I just need to keep my head down, set a goal for myself. It’s definitely going to be more challenging and I am going to have to be aware of that and be okay with a bogey or two.

“I pretty much made everything that was in a decent range today. All in all it was two very similar days – putting the ball well and taking my chances. I felt the swing felt natural today and I’ll keep working on it.”

The field will take heart from the fact Greg Norman reached -12 in 1996 but eventually lost out to Nick Faldo.

But in this form, it looks unlikely anyone will be able to catch the Texan – especially not world number one Rory McIlroy who simply hasn’t found his form so far this week.

The next target for Spieth could be Tiger Wood’s record winning score of -18 from the 1997 tournament.

Woods was a few months younger than Spieth is now so that’s one record which we won’t see fall this week.

“I feel comfortable,” Spieth added. 

“I haven’t felt nervous. I slept well last night, and I am going to be hanging with friends and family and taking it easy and hopefully just acting like nothing’s going on and getting ready for tomorrow, understanding that this is a halfway point.”

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