Masters: Spieth pulls away; Johnson sets eagles record

golf-johnsommastersJordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson enjoyed record-setting days at The Masters on Friday.

The 21-year-old Spieth followed his opening 8-under-par 64 with a bogey-free 66 to break a 36-hole Masters record at 14-under 130, set a major championship record for score in relation to par and tied the major record of 130 after two rounds at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Only Charley Hoffman is in hailing distance at five strokes back after a 68 that included three consecutive birdies through No. 14, but he made his only bogey on the final hole. So did Johnson, who is tied with Justin Rose and Paul Casey at 7-under despite becoming the only player ever to make three eagles in one round at The Masters.

“I hit a lot of great shots, fortunately I hit some great shots on the par 5s,” said Johnson, a former Coastal Carolina University All-American who eagled Nos. 2, 8 and 15. “I’m playing well and we still got a lot of holes left.”

Ernie Els of South Africa, a four-time major champion who has never won the Masters, was nine shots back in third after a 72. Paul Casey of England and Dustin Johnson were even with Els at 5-under while still on the course.

Spieth barely missed a seven-foot birdie putt on the final hole, but finished with six birdies for the day and 15 over 36 holes, against only one bogey. His score of 130 broke Raymond Floyd’s Masters 36-hole mark of 131 set in 1976, and his 14-under total set a major championship record.

Nick Faldo posted 130 in the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield, and that mark was equaled by Brandt Snedeker in the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and Martin Kaymer last year in the U.S. at Pinehurst No. 2.

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