Spieth takes 2-shot lead as Tiger claws back
7 April, 2018, 12:00 am
Jordan Spieth carded five birdies over his final six holes to power his way into a two-shot lead at the US Masters but that spectacular finish was overshadowed by Tony Finau, who penned a bit of Augusta National folklore as he hobbled into contention.
On a day that saw Tiger Woods back at the Masters for the first time since 2015 and reigning champion Sergio Garcia record a 13 — the highest score ever for a single hole at the tournament — it was Finau who stole the show by grinding out a 68 to join Matt Kuchar on four-under.
Spieth, the 2015 champion and runner-up in 2014 and 2016, sputtered through his first seven holes, mixing two birdies with two bogeys, before carding an eagle at the eighth then reeling off five straight birdies from the 13th.
The three-time major winner signed off with a bogey at the last for a six-under 66 to leave him alone in top spot.
“It’s round one and I know as well as anyone anything can happen here at Augusta,” said Spieth.
But it was an inspiring performance by Finau that had the golf world buzzing.