Spieth keeping 'secret' of putting turnaround to himself


The 2018 Masters Tournament continues Friday at Augusta National with second round action, as Jordan Spieth fights to keep the lead he held after the first day of play.

Aside from Woods and Spieth shooting an incredible 18 shots under par, the back nine on Sunday typically provides a photo finish.

Tiger Woods smiles as he walks to the first green but was frowning after his ball hit an over-zealous spectator later in his round.

"It has been awesome this entire comeback", said Woods, 42.

2nd shot: He gets creative with the second shot, an iron, trying to shape it back to the left. "They're really into it".

The 14-time major victor grabbed his first birdie with a delicate downhill putt at the third. He gave back the gain with a bogey on 10th.

4th shot: He gets it close, but can't sink it, and it's a awful bogey start for Woods, who wasted a wonderful drive. "Unfortunately, people ran out and it clipped them". After a drop, he pitched just short of the green but holed the 15-footer for a bogey.

Tiger gets his third shot safely on the green, but it will be a slick, lengthy putt for birdie.

Spieth shot a 2-over 74 in Round 2 to fall to 4 under for the tournament. "It's really hard to run away from it, but it's also really easy to lose it out there".

"It's nice that I was able to shoot a score like this", he said.

The 24-year-old Texan, who has struggled to find consistency on the greens this season, was even through seven after two birdies and two bogeys.

The Holywood native's highlight of the round was surely his 27-foot birdie putt on 14 that got him to -4.

Making the putt, however, helped save the round.

"I know as well as anyone that anything happens at Augusta National and I'm not going to get ahead of myself", said Spieth, who blew a five-shot lead with nine holes to play in 2016.

Spieth, the reigning British Open champion, added that for him the highlights of his round were the eagle and bogey saves at seven and 18.

There was a weird incident during his round however, where his tee shot landed in a patron's beer! He had to take an unplayable lie, but left his fourth shot through the trees in a bunker.

"I didn't finish the way I wanted to, but it was great out there, the atmosphere and everything, it was fantastic", said Shubhankar. Many believe it is his time to finally break through.

Tony Finau was in the news on Wednesday for dislocating his ankle and then popping it back in during the Par 3 Contest when celebrating a hole in one.

The top 50 scores including ties, or any player within 10 strokes of the lead, will qualify for the weekend.

Luckily for Spieth, he has the back nine ahead of him, and that is where he found most of his success in the first round.

Ninth-ranked Garcia, who birdied the par-3 16th after the horror show, finished with a nine-over par 81 in his first round as a major defending champion, a nightmare epilogue to what had been the Spaniard's feel-good story. The six included Matt Kuchar and Spieth, besides Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman and Adam Hadwin, who were yet to start action on Friday.

However, Garcia was hanging around on two over par playing the fifteenth hole before having his very own "Tin Cup' moment".

The same could not be said for defending champion Sergio Garcia, who carded an 81 after taking an fantastic 13 shots to play the 15th hole. Less mistakes and impressive accuracy - particularly on the two front-nine par-3s - has the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Rankings in a spot to challenge DJ for No. 1.