Even though there have been some quality rounds among all the players, there is only one taking full advantage of the somewhat easy conditions at Augusta this week. That man is 21-year-old Jordan Spieth.
Many have been saying in their post round interviews that scoring has been good because of the conditions of the greens. The humidity is high in Georgia this week and has created an unusual amount of moisture. The one thing we associate with Augusta other than its history is the pace of the greens. The pace is normally frightening and causes many problems not only with putting but keeping the ball on the green from approach shots. This week however are some of the easiest conditions you might ever see at the Masters and to prove that you only have to look at the scores coming in.
Spieth has already broken two records this week by carding the best 36-hole score and the best 54-hole score. His fellow countryman Dustin Johnson is just one shot off equalling Phil Mickelson’s record of 4 eagles in a Masters, but Johnson carded three eagles in one round on Friday to fire him up the leaderboard.
Spieth has dominated throughout the tournament, carding an 8 under-par 64 on the opening day to set the pace early on. He then followed this with a steady 66 and took himself to 16 under with a comfortable 70. Spieth finished tied second last year without breaking 70, which shows how good the scoring has been this year.
With the final round just hours away there are a few players with slim hopes of snatching the title from underneath the nose of Jordan. One of those is Englishman Justin Rose. Rose has always been a well-established player on tour and further extended his reputation with his first major win at the US Open, the first Englishman to do so since Tony Jacklin. Rose was too good not to win a major and is now too good not to win more. He has given himself a glimmer of hope in doing this by carding 4 birdies in his final five holes yesterday to move him to within four of the lead.
The tournament is ultimately in Spieth’s hands. But as history will tell us, stranger things have happened.