Jordan Spieth, despite the day’s wind condition, showed that he is the man to beat in the 2016 US Masters as he fired a six-under par 66 to take an early lead in the tournament, which is a star-studded pack at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Spieth has not only displayed he is the defending champion but also showed that he is at home with the course as other golfers had to battle with the win all day long. As reported by Christine Brenan of USA Today, The 22-year old Spieth stated that he really enjoys playing at the Masters as it requires him to use his imagination.
“I don’t know what it is with this place. I just love putting here,” Spieth was quoted saying to his playing partner Paul Casey, who had a three-under 69.
On the other hand, World number one Jason Day had a struggling opening round as he shot an even-par 72. However, Day told ABC that he has to keep on pushing forward and believes that he could catch up with the rest of the leaders in the next three days.
“I’ve just got to keep pushing forward. Even though I gave up five shots in three holes, I’m only six back right now and if I can play the way I did early in my round over the next three days then I know that I can catch up,” Day added.
Spieth managed to widen the gap with other competitors with birdies in the third, sixth, eight , 10th, 13th and 18th holes that left South Korea’s Danny Lee and Ireland’s Shane Lowry tied in the second spot with identical four-under 68.
“I would have signed for two under today and not even played the round, knowing the conditions that were coming up. Got a lot out of the round with what I felt like was kind of averageish ballstriking. Just scored the ball extremely well, which is something I’ve been struggling with this season,” Spieth explained.
With round one in the history books, Spieth and the rest of the field of participants will try to make their move in the next round. Spieth aims to maintain and widen his lead while Day and the rest of the golfers will try to steal the show and take the green jacket of the Masters from the defending champ.
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