AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Jordan Spieth likes his chances.
And that’s from a guy who made a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole Thursday and went to dinner Friday night just four shots out of the lead in The Masters and paired with Phil Mickelson on Saturday afternoon.
“It was a really good day today at Augusta National,” Spieth said after a second-round 69 that left him even par through 36 holes. “I’m very pleased with the second round of this Masters and we’re in a position now where we, I think, can go out there and win this thing and certainly make a run.
“So, that right there just kind of gives me chills, because after yesterday I was really disappointed in being 10 shots off the lead.”
Think about it for a moment:
Spieth has played three Masters prior to this one. He has finished 2-1-2.
Now he’s back in the game. He feels it. The rest of the field knows it. And the crowd was into it as the chill settled over Augusta National late Friday afternoon as Spieth was finishing.
“I certainly felt it towards the end of the round,” Spieth said. “And the crowds are so great and they have been so gracious to me and our history out here and it’s just incredible to play in front of them.
“This is my favorite tournament with the galleries here and the Open Championship, those are the two that are, we look forward to the galleries feeding us. And I think that that can happen in both places and especially as you come in this finishing stretch. And I think tomorrow, it looks like I’ll be paired with Phil. We’ll enjoy that and try and feed off of it.”
As for that ugly 9 Spieth made Thursday, they don’t play The Masters with erasers as much as Spieth might like one. He’s still bothered by his decision on his third shot at No. 15 more than the execution.
But it is a 72-hole event and it’s only halfway complete.
“I’m over it, but it is, even being at even par now, and with the finish we had, part of me is thinking, you know, what if we had those four strokes back, you know?” Spieth said.
“It’s not the way necessarily to think and it won’t affect me when I’m playing this weekend, because it is what it is. But it’s harder when it’s a decision versus an execution.”