With the first day of the Master’s coming to a close in Augusta, Georgia Thursday, 22-year-old Jordan Spieth currently finds himself atop the leaderboard while his early success comes as no surprise. The reigning Master’s Champion after taking home the green jacket in 2015, Spieth shot a 66 through the first 18 holes while leading the pack by two strokes.
Rounding out the top three, New Zealand’s Danny Lee and Ireland’s Shane Lowry each shot 68 through the first 18 holes while remaining within striking distance upon the start of Day 2 set for Friday.
With Spieth entering play as the second ranked golfer in the world only behind South Africa’s Jason Day, the American-born phenom was also widely considered to be the favorite to take home yet another green jacket especially after coming off a win from a year ago. However, aiding his initial lead, Day currently sits at tied for 21st after finishing the opening round with an even score.
Additionally expected to compete alongside Spieth and Day, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy currently ranks tied for ninth place behind a score of -2 from Thursday. McIlroy entered play ranked as the third best golfer in the world behind only the aforementioned tandem of Spieth and Day.
As Spieth leads the pack through the first round, he has had quite the successful career up until this point. He has already won nine professional tournaments with seven of them coming on the PGA Tour including both the 2015 Master’s and U.S. Open.