On Thursday, defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth picked up right where he left off in 2015, methodically attacking Augusta National en route to a bogey free 6-under 66, and a two stroke lead heading into the second round of the 2016 Masters.
Monday’s opening round came in typical Spieth fashion. 12 of 18 greens in regulation, soft short game touch, and only 25 putts. Spieth was a bit erratic off the tee, hitting just 8 of 14 fairways, but he was always able to scramble his way to par or better.
Once again however, the story of Spieth’s round was his ability to avoid trouble. His good shots were on the money, but more importantly, his misses were manageable.
This is what separates Spieth from his competition, specifically at the Masters. Augusta National is a course that can punish you without mercy for the slightest of misses. A shot that lands even just a few feet off the green can result in a virtually impossible up and down. Spieth of course knows this, and once again played Augusta with maturity beyond his years.
Spieth will go into the second round of the 2016 Masters in familiar territory: at the top of the leaderboard. If he’s able to put together a round similar to today’s, Spieth may be very well on his way to a second consecutive green jacket.