AUGUSTA, Ga. – After an eventful day that included a record-setting, 36-hole total Jordan Spieth didn’t make it down to the 18th green for Ben Crenshaw’s 44th and final appearance at the Masters, but he certainly appreciated the moment.
“He’s been a mentor to me, somebody that’s been very helpful, especially around this place,” Spieth said. “You think of Ben Crenshaw, you think of Augusta National and the Masters. For this to be kind of the end for him, it's tough.”
Spieth – who leads by five with an opening 36-hole record total of 14 under – played a practice round with Crenshaw on Wednesday and credited the two-time champion – as well as his longtime caddie Carl Jackson – for his advanced understanding of the course.
“I had a putt on 17 yesterday, which he told me to hit from a certain spot, which happens to be the spot that I hit it to [on Thursday],” Spieth said. “He said, ‘Just watch how quick this is.’ I hit a few putts thinking, ‘Oh, it's not that fast.’ Still hit it 4 feet past a couple times. I get into the tournament and I still hit it 3 feet past yesterday.”