Maybe there's just something about Jordan Spieth and his comfort level at Augusta because the former Texas Longhorns golfer is in the clubhouse and in the lead at the Masters after shooting a -6-under round of 66 on Thursday, tying the best-ever opening round for a champion (Jose Maria Olazabal, 1995).
Spieth finished second at the Masters in 2014 before turning in a historic victory last year:
Spieth, who only knows what it's like to play in the final pairing on Sunday in Augusta, is the first golfer since Raymond Floyd in 1976 to go wire-to-wire at Augusta without losing the lead. His performance was historic. He set 36 and 54-hole score records at what is considered to be one of the most coveted championships in sports. He comfortably broke Phil Mickelson's tournament birdie record, and finished two shots away from the lowest total in major championship history.
He is the second youngest Masters victor of all-time. The first? Tiger Woods in 1997 by only a few months.
And while it may be impossible for golf's brightest rising star to match those accomplishments from last year, he's certainly on pace to challenge for back-to-back wins if he can maintain his current level of play.
Spieth took the lead into the clubhouse by doing what he does so well at the Masters:
He drove the ball well enough, striped a few approach shots into tight pins and was nails with the putter. The last trait was the key to the round as Spieth mastered the very tricky Augusta National greens in a way few players can. He grinded over a few putts, but rolled in putt after putt. That was especially big on a few lengthy par attempts. Spieth was dynamic from 15-25 feet last year and that strength was on display again.
In the last 90 years, not a single player 22 years or younger has successfully defended a major title. But why not Jordan Spieth?