Jordan Spieth jumped out to a two-shot lead after Thursday with a six-under 66. Will he hold onto the lead after Friday's second round?

By Daniel Rapaport
April 06, 2018

It's a familiar sight: Jordan Spieth's name atop the Masters leaderboard. 

Spieth, the 2015 champion and 2016 runner up at Augusta, jumped out to a two-stroke lead after Thursday with a six-under 66 that included five consecutive birdies from holes 13-17. The 24-year-old tees off at 10:53 a.m. ET with Alex Noren and Louis Oosthuizen, but that pairing is not one of's featured groups, and ESPN's coverage does not start until 3 p.m. ET. So you won't be able to follow his round shot-by-shot, but that's what we're here for. 

Tiger Woods, on the other hand, battled to post a one-over 73 to stay within shouting distance. The round looked to be getting away from him after he found the water on the par-3 12th, but he salvaged a bogey there and played the rest of the round in two under. He is off at 1:27 p.m. ET with Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood. 

Another great storyline from round one was Tony Finau, who was the butt of plenty of jokes after he twisted his ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one in the Par 3 contest on Wednesday. It looked unilkely that he'd even tee it up in the real tournament, but he managed a four-under 68 and was tied for second after Friday. 

If you missed yesterday's action, catch up with our live blog, Michael Rosenberg's piece on the difference between Tiger and Sergio, Tim Layden on Finau, and Billions showrunner Brian Koppelman's essay appreciating the lonely dedication of the modern golfer

6:58 p.m. - Reed hits double digits, Justin Thomas playing well

That's three straight birdies for Patrick Reed, who is now -10 and has a three-shot lead over Marc Leishman, whose second at 18 found the bunker. (Tiger Woods is also playing 18 and will make the cut). 

Justin Thomas is five under for his round and has reached -3 with one hole to play. Reed is distancing himself from the rest of the pack, though, as only Leishman is within five shots of him as it currently stands.

6:27 p.m. - Reed and Leishman putting distance between themselves and field

Patrick Reed is red-hot. He stuck another approach to gimme range on the 14th to reach -9, and he's six under for the day with a par 5 remaining. Leishman did indeed convert that eagle put after the miraculous shot to reach the green at 15 to get to -7. The Aussie then hit a solid approach into the par-3 16th but missed the birdie, and he remains -7, two back of Reed. 

6:12 p.m.: Reed back to -8, Leishman pulls of miracle shot, here comes Bubba

Patrick Reed bounced back from that bogey at 11 with a solid par at 12. He then pushed his drive at 13 into the right pine straw, which forced him to lay up, but he hit a solid wedge shot then curled in a left-to-right putt. He is back to -8 and has a three-shot lead. 

BUT, that lead will be cut to either two or one momentarily. Marc Leishman (05) pulled off one of the shots of the tournament, a legitimate 40-yard hook for his second to leave about 10-feet for eagle on 15. That took some serious guts to even attempt that shot at this point in the tournament. 

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is going along nicely. He is four under for the day as he heads to 15, a hole he can reach with a mid-iron should be find the fairway. 

5:37 p.m. - Leishman narrows the deficit, Tiger finally birdies a par-5

Marc Leishman birdied the 13th to get to -6, and that coupled with Patrick Reed's bogey at 11 means Reed's lead is just one shot. Speaking of 11, do yourself a favor and watch the shot Bubba Watson pulled off there. It was vintage Bubba, and one of the more impressive shots you'll see in a long time. 

Tiger Woods has finally birdied a par 5 at Augusta National. He found the green in two on 15 and two-putted for birdie. It's his first birdie on a par 5 this week, and it came on the 11th one he played. He is one inside the cut line as of right now. 

5:00 p.m. - Reed shoots 31 on the front nine, Tiger finds the water again on 12

Patrick Reed is the first player in this year's Masters to reach -8. He rolled in a birdie at the ninth to shoot a blistering five-under 31 on his outward nine. He holds a three-stroke lead over Marc Leishman and Charley Hoffman. 

Tiger Woods found the water for the second straight day at the short par-3 12th. What a disappointing Masters this has turned out to be for Tiger. He has work to do to make the cut, which looks like it will be +5. 

4:36 p.m. - DJ posts 68, Reed gets to -7

Dustin Johnson has played himself right back into this tournament. The world No. 1 followed up a one-over 73 with a four-under 68 that was punctuated by a birdie on 18. He is now four back, though, as Patrick Reed became the first person all day to reach -7 after a two-putt birdie at the par-5 8th. Charley Hoffman has joined Marc Leishman in second at -5. 

4:14 p.m. - Spieth in at -4, Reed leads at -6, Tiger vs. the Cut

Jordan Spieth missed a 10-footer for birdie at 18 that would have given him the clubhouse lead, but he still played a very solid back nine to get in at -4 after a disastrous start. He trails by two, as Patrick Reed rolled in a birdie at 7 to take the solo lead at -6. 

Meanwhile, Tiger's struggles continue. He missed an 10-footer for birdie at the par-5 8th—he still hasn't birdied a par-5 this week, one of only two players who hasn't—and made a 20-footer for par on nine to shoot a three-over 39. He's one stroke inside the projected cut line, but if he continues to leave himself long par efforts, he could well miss the weeekend. 

3:55 p.m. - McIlroy in at -4, Spieth still right there, Vijay turning back the clock

Rory missed a makeable putt at 18 but still posted a one-under 71, and he'll enter the weekend in prime position at -4. Jordan Spieth shot 40 on the front nine to drop all the way back to -2, but he's two under on the back side and is just one stroke back of Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed's lead at -5. 

Vijay Singh raised some eyebrows yesterday when he birdied three of the first four holes, and he's playing nicely again on Friday. The 55-year-old is two under for his round and -3 overall, currently in a tie for sixth. 

3:38 p.m. - Top three players in the world playing into contention

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm are the top three players in the world, in that order. And all three guys have bounced back from subpar opening rounds to play themselves back into contention. Dustin Johnson shot one over in the first round but is three under for the day and is just three back. Justin Thomas was two over in round 1 but he too is three under for his second round. Rahm was three over and has the best round of the day going at four under. There's a reason these guys are ranked where they are. 

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson made a nice two putt to finish with a seven-over 79. He is now +5 for the tournament and looks to have made the cut on the number. 

3:14 p.m. - Reed, Leishman tied at -5, update on notable players

What a start for American Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed. The fiery player has birdied his first three holes and now has the lead by himself at -6. Jordan Spieth has picked up a shot on the back nine and is -3, three shots behind. Here's an update on some big names:

McIlroy -4 (15)
Oosthuizen -3 (14)
Stenson -3 (4)
Spieth -3 (14)
Dustin Johnson -2 (14)
Finau -2 (F)
Fleetwood -2 (6)
Kuchar -2 (16)
Fowler -1 (16)
Rose -1 (14)
Rahm E (15)
Bubba Watson E (4)
Thomas E (5)

2:55 p.m. - Rory one back, Reed ties the lead, Tiger in serious trouble

Patrick Reed has made back-to-back birdies to start his round and has joined Marc Leishman's lead at -5. Rory McIlroy followed up his birdie at the 13th with a 27-footer for birdie at 14, and he's now just one back, and he pounded a drive down the middle at 15. 

Tiger Woods is playing really terribly and putting himself in awful positions. He missed right of the fairway at 5 and then missed in the one place you can't miss: long of the green. His approach kicked into the bushes and he took an unplayable lie, but his penalty shot was still in the bushes. He hacked a five iron into the bunker and will need to get up-and-down for double. If he does that, he'll be +4 and nine strokes back to the lead. He is officially in danger of missing the cut. 

2:40 p.m. - Nice par save for Tiger, Rory quietly back to -3

After combating some indecision as to what club to hit off the par-3 4th hole, Tiger's tee shot landed just over the bunker left and kicked hard, ending up a good 25 yards past the green. He hit a delicate pitch to 11 feet then rolled in the par putt. That's a really important save. Let's see if he can get some momentum going. 

It feels like Rory McIlroy is going along quietly, probably because he hasn't really been shown on ESPN's Sportcenter-coverage thing and he's not a featured group on But he just made a birdie at the par-5 13th and is -3, two back of Leishman, who made par at 4. 

2:19 p.m. - Tiger misses a seven-footer for birdie, Leishman to -5

After nearly driving the green at 3, Tiger hit a nice pitch that rolled out to about 6 feet for birdie. His putt missed on the low side and that's a really big missed opportunity to get back to -1. He is now seven back. That's because Leishman, on the other hand, hit a better pitch from a similar spot and had no issues with his putt. He has now birdied the first three holes and leads by one at -5. 

Patrick Reed birdied the first hole to get to -4. 

2:06 p.m. - Leishman/Cabrera-Bello takes the lead, Tiger can't birdie another par 5, Phil falling apart

Marc Leishman, who is playing with Tiger and Tommy Fleetwood, is off to another strong start. The Australian has birdied the first two holes and is now -2. Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello birdied the tough 10 and also is -4. 

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods failed to birdie his fifth par 5 in a row. He had 73 yards for his third shot and hit it long and left, leaving another fast putt that forced him to be defensive. He hit a decent lag to about five feet then drained the par putt. He remains +2 overall, now six shots back of Leishman. He opted for driver on 3 again and almost drove the green, leaving a short pitch to the par 4. 

Phil Mickelson is having a horrible stretch. He made a triple-bogey 7 on 9 but then looked to have righted the ship with a birdie on 10. He then made bogey on 11 and found the water with his tee shot on the par-3 12th, eventually making double. Mickelson is now +5 for the day, +3 overall and seven back of Leishman. 

Justin Thomas is now underway and parred the first. He's +2. Justin Rose is quietly -2 overall, and Dustin Johnson is -1. 

1:48 p.m. - Tiger bogeys 1 from middle of fairway, Spieth turns in 40

Tiger's drive went 340 yards down the middle at the 1st, leaving him nothing more than a 90-ish yard wedge. He missed long and left—a terrible place to miss—and couldn't get it up and in. His bogey drops him to +2, five shots back. He pulled driver on the par-5 2nd and snap-hooked it left, but it hit a tree and bounced back into the fairway. He won't be able to get in two, but all things considered, good break. 

Jordan Spieth turned in four-over 40 and did not make a birdie on the front nine, the first time he's done that in his Masters career. 

1:30 p.m. - Mickelson makes triple, Tiger hits the fairway on the 1st 

Welp, Mickelson couldn't get up-and-down and took a triple-bogey 7. He is now +1 for the tournament but is still just four back. Tiger Woods opted for driver today on the 1st (he hit three-wood in the left trees yesterday) and hit a nice cut the found the middle of the fairway. 

Wiesberger bogeyed the fourth, so the lead is back to -3. Wiesberger, Kuchar, Cabrera-Bello, Stenson, Reed, Hoffman and Hadwin are all sitting on that number. 

1:09 p.m. - Mickelson shoots himself in the foot, Wiesberger to -4

Phil Mickelson's drive at 9 found the right trees, and he tried to punch out from there but struck another tree and the ball ricocheted even further right. Lefty then took an unplayable lie and his his fourth shot toward the green. He'll now need to get up-and-down for double bogey, and his path to a fourth green jacket just got a whole lot harder. 

Meanwhile, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger rolled in a 20-footer for birdie at 3 and is now the solo leader at -4.  He is now -2 for the day, and that matches the best round on the course thus far. Only seven players are under par for the day, and Jimmy Walker is the only player on the back nine who is under par. 

12:48 p.m. - Eight atop the leaderboard, including Rickie Fowler

There are still now eight players tied for the lead, though Rory McIlroy is no longer one of them after he bogeyed 6. Bernd Wiesberger has joined the group at -3, as has Rickie Fowler, who dropped in a long birdie putt at 8. It was his second long make of the day after he made a 66-footer for par at 6. 

Phil Mickelson remains one back. Dustin Johnson is three back, as is Justin Rose. Matt Kuchar had a chance to get to -4 when he reached the par-5 8th in two, but he three-putted and remains immersed in the logjam.

12:16 p.m. - 38 players within four shots of the lead, course playing tough

There are now eight players tied for the lead: McIlroy, Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Adam Hadwin and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. There are also 38 players within four shots of the lead, as Spieth's backtracking has brought a whole mess of players back into contention. One of those players is Tiger Woods, who tees off in a little over an hour. 

The course is playing quite difficult today. Dustin Johnson's two-under round is the best on the course right now and only six players are currently under par in round 2. The wind isn't blowing too hard but the course is very firm, and players are having a hard time getting the ball close. 

11:54 a.m. - Seven guys tied for the lead

Rory McIlroy made a bogey at the fourth, and Matt Kuchar bogeyed the fifth. That means there are now SEVEN players tied for the lead: McIlroy, Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed and Adam Hadwin. Also, don't look now, but Tiger Woods is now just four strokes off the lead. 

Elsewhere, Dustin Johnson made an eagle at the 2nd and is now -1. All the sudden, he's also just two behind. This is getting good. Really, really good. 

11:30 a.m. - Hello Mr McIlroy! Rory now tied for the lead, Terrible start for Spieth

Rory McIlroy had to lay up on the par-5 2nd and hit a disappointing third shot that left a winding birdie putt of more than 20 feet. He curled it in, however, and gave a nice little fist pump when he did. Rory then blasted a perfect driver at the short par-4 3rd and hit a pitch to just four feet. He drained the putt and is now one under for his round and -4 overall, tied with Kuchar for the lead. 

Jordan Spieth hit another wayward drive at the par-5 2nd, then his second shot traveled under 100 yards, leaving 186 yards for his third. That found the front of the green but then he three-putted for the second straight hole for another bogey, which will feel like a double. He is now +3 for the day and -3 overall, trailing McIlroy and Kuchar by one. 

11:12 a.m. - Spieth's lead evaporates, Phil just one back, Rory bogeys the first

So much for the thought of Spieth running away with this thing. After his drive went way right at 1, Spieth's second shot did not get all the way back into the fairway and his third shot only got to the front of the green. He three-putted from there, missing an 11-footer for bogey, and he's now -4 and tied for the lead with Matt Kuchar. That means Phil Mickelson is only one back. Here we go!

Rory McIlroy also struggled at the first, making bogey. He's now -2 but is just two back. 

10:56 a.m. - Phil, Kuchar save par, Spieth in trouble off the first

Both Phil and Matt Kuchar managed to save par after errant drives on the first, while Fowler made bogey from the fairway. Rory McIlroy also just teed off, and he's got some scrambling to do after his birdie putt fell woefully short.

Jordan Spieth pulled a three wood on the first tee and hit a block-fade that found the right trees, a place you don't see many miss. There is an out of bounds fence way right, but it was difficult to see where the ball ended up. He will need some luck in order to have a shot at the green. 

10:35 a.m. - Good morning, Mickelson, Fowler and Kuchar tee off 

Happy Masters Friday! The action is underway, as the marquee pairing of Phil Mickelson (-2), Rickie Fowler (-2) and Matt Kuchar (-4) just teed off the first tee. Mickelson and Kuchar found trouble left while Fowler split the fairway.

Tony Finau is off to a bit of a rough start, as he's one over through 2 and is now -3, three behind Spieth. Haotong Li, the 21-year-old from China, is also one over for his round and now sits at -2. 

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