Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Spieth Has Historic Day in Second Round of Masters

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Spieth Has Historic Day in Second Round of Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth made Friday feel like Sunday at the Masters.

Fans rose to their feet and applauded when Spieth walked onto the 12th tee, and for the next two hours, ovations greeted him on tee boxes and greens. The red number next to his name on the leaderboard -- 14-under par -- was better than 11 of the last 13 winners.

It was easy to forget the Masters was only half over.

When the 21-year-old Texan tapped in for par and a 6-under 66, he broke the 36-hole record at the Masters that had stood for 39 years. Spieth was at 14-under 130, a two-day total matched by only three other players in major championship history.

And his five-shot lead over Charley Hoffman looked even larger considering that Spieth was a runner-up in his Masters debut last year, and he came to Augusta this year as the hottest player in golf.

"I got standing ovations walking to multiple greens," Spieth said. "I mean, that's something you can only dream about. It's Friday, too. I'd like to have the same thing happening on Sunday. Got a lot of work to do before that happens."

Hoffman tried to keep pace with Spieth and ran off three birdies on the back nine until closing with a bogey for a 68. He was five shots behind at 135, a score that would have been leading at 36 holes in the last three Masters. Hoffman didn't care about that.

"It's this year. It's not any other year," he said. "I'm just playing golf and I've only played 36 holes. And we've got a lot of golf left."

Dustin Johnson opened with a double bogey, and then became the first player in Masters history to make three eagles in one round. A bogey from the trees on the last hole gave him a 67, and he was seven shots behind, along with Justin Rose (70) and Paul Casey (68). Phil Mickelson (68) was eight behind.

One score that didn't matter belonged to Ben Crenshaw, a two- time Masters champion playing in his 44th and final competitive round on the course. He missed the cut and in a poignant moment, longtime Augusta caddie Carl Jackson came onto the 18th green for a long, warm embrace.

"I feel like I've won the tournament," Crenshaw said.

Rory McIlroy certainly didn't feel that way.

The career Grand Slam might have to wait for McIlroy, though he stayed alive for a green jacket this week -- mathematically, anyway - - by making the cut. He went out in 40 and fell below the cut line, only to answer with a 31 on the back nine for another 71.

Even so, he was 12 shots behind at 2-under 142.

"I'm proud of myself the way I fought back," McIlroy said. "I'm going to need four more nines like that to have a chance, it looks like. Jordan has played a phenomenal two rounds of golf and doesn't look like he's going to let up."

Tiger Woods was on the same score as McIlroy and had a different outlook. …

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