AUGUSTA, Ga. – It wasn’t exactly how Bobby Jones and Augusta National architect Alister MacKenzie drew it up.
Jordan Spieth was cruising along on Friday at the Masters, 2 under for the day and 10 under for the week, when he dropped his tee shot into the lip of a bunker down the right side of the par-5 eighth hole.
“I couldn't get a clean strike on the ball, even with like a 60 degree [wedge], given the angle I would have had to go in on it,” Spieth said. “I took a 52 degree on it and told [caddie Michael Greller], this isn't going more than 20 yards.”
His second shot actually went 30 yards, but then he hit a hybrid from 229 yards to two feet for an unlikely birdie, one of six birdies he recorded on Day 2 on his way to a second-round 66.
“It was nice to get the break, because if it lands five yards further, it's towards the back edge of the green,” said Spieth, who is 6 under for the week on Augusta National’s par 5s. “I didn't think I was going to make [birdie]. I was really hoping for five and stole a shot there.”