AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth already has proven to be a quick study.
A PGA Tour winner before he even had a card. The youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup. And in his first appearance at the Masters, the 20-year-old Texan looks like he's been playing here most of his life.
Spieth joined the mix at the Masters on Friday with an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th, and a shot that settled within tap-in range for birdie on the 18th hole. That gave him a 2-under 70 and left him only four shots behind going into the weekend.
Is anyone surprised by this? Spieth sure wasn't.
"No, I don't think so," he said. "I've been playing against these guys, and this caliber field, World Golf Championships and other major championships. So I felt like if I could get my game right and really handle myself mentally, then I could have an opportunity to be in contention. That's where I'm at now, and a lot of work to do."
Spieth played in the other three majors last summer, missing the cut in two of them.
The Masters was his favorite major as a kid, and one of his mentors is two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.
"This was a big goal of mine this year, to get in contention at a major," Spieth said. "And the Masters being the one that I dreamt about since I was who knows how old, that's going to leave more emotion out there. Mr. Crenshaw says it best. The Masters brings out emotion in guys that aren't emotional.
"I'm already emotional and I got to keep it on the down low."