Spieth's bold play pays off on Augusta's par 5s

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Cruising along with a four-stroke lead Sunday at the Masters Jordan Spieth reached his ball in the middle of the 13th fairway and even some announcers figured a layup was in the cards on the par 5.

But that’s not Spieth’s style, regardless of the lead or the looming dangers.

Instead, he launched a 5-iron high into the air and stuck his approach to 14 feet for a stress-free, two-putt birdie and a five-shot advantage.

“If you layup there you’re not playing the course,” Spieth’s caddie Michael Greller said. “We had 195 [yards] and a little help from the wind. He kind of missed it and we still covered [the creek].”

It was all part of Spieth’s scoring assault on the hole named “Azalea,” which he played in 4 under for the week.