HOUSTON (AP) Jordan Spieth's pre-Masters run of extraordinary golf continued Saturday as the 21-year-old Texas native shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-shot lead at the Houston Open.
Spieth sank a 41-foot birdie putt from just off the green on the par-3 16th to reach 14 under 202 in the final PGA Tour tuneup before the first major of the season. He's coming off a title and a runner-up finish in his previous two starts, having climbed to No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings.
A victory Sunday would allow Spieth to wrest the PGA point standings lead away from Jimmy Walker and further boost his confidence at Augusta National, where he came in second to Bubba Watson last spring.
Austin Cook is tied for second place at 203 with first-round leader Scott Piercy and Johnson Wagner, the tournament's 2008 champion.