Masters 2017: Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson in weekend chase at Augusta

Spieth stands over a putt on the second hole the American started steadily on Thursday

Spieth stands over a putt on the second hole the American started steadily on Thursday

Just after Spieth managed to salvage par after flirting with the water with his approach of No. 11, the onlookers grew restive.

Jordan Spieth hits a drive on the 14th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

Jordan Spieth won't want to be reminded of the 15th hole.

"My low one is lower than everyone else's, so I can actually kill someone at head-high", Fitzpatrick said.

Through his first 166 Masters holes, Spieth had one score worse than bogey, a double on the 17th hole during the third round of the 2015 tournament. His previous worst was a 74 in Round 2 a year ago.

"But I'm even par through two rounds".

Spieth had already taken six shots on the Par 5 and he was still 30 feet from the hole. His ball spun straight off the green and rolled into the water hazard.

Spieth's next pitch flew over the back of the putting surface and further problems followed as he played a poor chip before three-putting for a quadruple-bogey. Spieth did not blame the weather or the course conditions, he instead chastised himself.

This time, Spieth bounced back with a almost flawless tee shot on hole No. 16 that led to a birdie. And unfortunately I still thought of it as a birdie hole today and it really isn't, when you layup.

"I didn't take my medicine", Spieth said about his struggles at No. 15.

"I was stuck in the 15-is-a-birdie-hole mentality and it kind of bit me a little bit". Even though today wasn't maybe my best ball striking round, I still hit a lot of good shots. His fifth shot flew the green, and his pitch coming back almost ran into the water again. "But do it through patience and taking advantage of the par fives". The difference was O'Meara salvaged bogey on the hole, that was because of his Augusta seniority.

"Very hard", Spieth said.

"Certainly, I always have nerves walking to that tee", Spieth said.

That's when Dallas' Spieth learned that Johnson, the world's No. 1-ranked player, had been unable to start his round after falling on stairs Wednesday night.

The birdie putts on 16 and 18 "were clutch to have a chance this weekend", Spieth said. He shared second at last year's Masters, third in 2012 and was the 2010 runner-up at the Masters and British Open.

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