In recent years, Hoffman would be leading through 36

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Charley Hoffman finished 36 holes at 9 under par, a total that would have given him the lead in four of the last five Masters at intermission.

He will begin Saturday’s third round five strokes behind Jordan Spieth, who scorched Augusta National for the second consecutive day with a 66.

“It’s this year, it’s not any other year,” he reasoned following his second-round 68.

Hoffman was buoyed by his play the last two days, which included a stellar 2 under run through Amen Corner and 98 feet of birdie putts on Friday.

Still, there was no avoiding what Spieth was doing on Day 2.

“I'm looking at the leaderboards because they are pretty strategically placed, right? I mean, it's hard to miss them,” he smiled. “Jordan's playing great golf. I just kept my game plan and just kept trying to make birdies, was able to do a pretty good job of that.”