Think about it, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, and Tiger Woods all tied as play begins in the third round of the 2015 Masters Tournament. Sounds like it would be the headline for Saturday at Augusta National and at another time , and in another year it might. This is 2015, and the quartet that I just mentioned is at 2 under par, 12 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth who is threatening to shut the door on the rest of the field and make Sunday’s final round a formality.
The 21 year old Spieth followed his historic opening round 64 with a second round 66 to post a new record second round lead at 14 under par. The Texan who flirted with claiming the green jacket in his first Masters appearance in 2014 seems to be on a mission to leave nothing to chance this time around.
Woods put together a second round 69 to secure a spot as a competitor for the final 2 rounds of the tournament, but not as a contender. The 4-time Masters Champion was pleased with his round, but expressed concern about the scoring that the course was allowing and suggested that the Masters committee toughen the course for the final 2 rounds.
That suggestion might come too late to slow down the Spieth Express, which seems destined to do a victory lap around the rest of the field on it’s way Butler Cabin on Sunday evening. If that happens, it should look very familiar to Woods, who dismantled the field on his way to his first Masters victory in 1997. Woods, like Spieth, was 21 years old at the time.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Saturday is known as Moving Day, and young Jordan Spieth can keep the blinders on and pull way from the pack, or pinch himself, wakeup and come tumbling back to the field. If Spieth slips watch for Dustin Johnson , who did some record breaking of his own with three eagles in a second round 67 that has him in a three-way tie at 7 under par. Phil Mickelson bears watching after a round of 68 left him at 6 under par.
It should be an interesting day for spectators weather you have a ticket or if you are watching the broadcast. Enjoy Saturday at the Masters.