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Jordan Spieth Troubles Bring Field Back Into Contention At The Masters

The worry among observers was that the mercurial Jordan Spieth would end interest in the Masters as a competition as he did back in 2015 en route to winning.

On that occasion, the Texan, making only his second appearance at the famous event, held a five shot lead after two rounds with a ridiculous -14 total. He went on to win the Masters wire-to-wire for the first time since Raymond Floyd in 1976.

Similar sentiments were echoed on Thursday, as for the third time in just five appearances, Spieth led after the first round once again with an unmatched 66 that included five birdies in a row on the back nine.

This morning however, the 24-year-old started the day with a double bogey, and two more bogeys on the tough front nine left him with a -2 total – right back into the clutches of the field.

He rallied on the back nine to finish on -4, which sees him tied with none other than Rory McIlroy.

The Ulsterman followed his first round 69 with another under par 71, including this sterling effort on the brutal 14th.

The field is led by American Patrick Reed, who’s six birdies on the front nine propelled him to the top of the Augusta leaderboard. In second is Australian Marc Leishman, who, blocked from the green by trees on the left, hit one of the best shots seen in the tournament in many years on the par five 15th for a short eagle putt.

Two time champion Bubba Watson is also right in contention, and his crowning moment today came at the difficult 11th, as the eccentric left-hander pulled off yet another miracle hook from the trees.

A resurgent Tiger Woods should make it to the weekend despite finding the water on the infamous 12th hole on both days, though a fifth green jacket is likely to elude him on this occasion while ten shots behind the lead.

Leaderboard at time of writing:

Patrick Reed: -9 thru 14

Marc Leishman: -7 thru 16

Rory McIlroy: -4, 71

Jordan Spieth: -4, 74

Henrik Stenson: -4, thru 14

Dustin Johnson: -3, 68

Bubba Watson: -3, thru 14

Charley Hoffman: -3, thru 14

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