Running news updates from the 2016 Masters

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Series: The Masters

Published: Sunday, April 10, 2016 | 6:34 p.m.
 
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – The latest on Sunday's final round of play at the Masters. (all times local):
 
7:25 p.m.: Jordan Spieth has carried out one of the most shattering duties of his young career.
 
After collapsing on the back side, Spieth slipped the green jacket on new Masters champion Danny Willett.
 
The 28-year-old Englishman won by three strokes, taking advantage when Spieth put two balls into Rae's Creek and made a quadruple-bogey 7 at the devilish 12th hole.
 
Spieth looked as though he was fighting back tears when he said "it's tough, really tough." He had a five-shot lead at the turn, but threw it all away in less than an hour. In the process, he squandered a chance to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles.
 
Willett was all smiles, having recently become a new father.
 
Now, he's a Masters champion and only the second Englishman to win the green jacket.
 
Willett says "it was just a very surreal day ... and a crazy, crazy week."
 
7:10 p.m.: Jordan Spieth has finished off his round at the Masters.
 
Now, he's got to put the green jacket on someone else.
 
No one saw that coming.
 
Spieth seemed certain to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles at Augusta National when he made the turn with a commanding five-shot lead. But, in less than an hour, he had totally thrown it away, handing the championship to England's Danny Willett.
 
Willett closed with a 67 for a 5-under 283, beating Spieth and Lee Westwood by three strokes.
 
Spieth will be kicking himself for a while about this one. After consecutive bogeys at the 10th and 11th, he dumped two shots into the water at the 12th for a quadruple-bogey 7. Just like that, he went from five shots ahead to three shots behind.
 
Spieth tried to rally, but a bogey at No. 17 ended any hopes of a comeback.
 
7:00 p.m.: Danny Willett has won the Masters after a stunning collapse by Jordan Spieth.
 
Willett shot a closing 67 for a 5-under 283 total. He was assured of his first major title when Spieth made bogey at the 17th hole.
 
6:45 p.m.: Jordan Spieth needs to birdie the final two holes at the Masters to force a playoff with Danny Willett.
 
Willett is already in the clubhouse with a 5-under 283 after closing with a 67.
 
The 28-year-old Englishman has been doing interviews and watching Spieth on television. As Willett says, "It's just a waiting game now."
 
Spieth had a chance to close within a shot of the lead at the par-3 16th, but he missed a twisting, 8-foot birdie putt.
 
That means he must birdie the 17th and 18th to stay alive.
 
Otherwise, the defending champion will be handing the green jacket to Willett.
 
6:30 p.m.: Danny Willett has done all he can do at the Masters.
 
Now, he'll have to wait to see if it's enough to become one of the most unlikely Masters champions.
 
Willett shot a 67 to match the lowest round of the weekend, good enough for a 5-under 283 overall and a two-stroke lead at Augusta National.
 
Lee Westwood is already in at 286, leaving defending champion Jordan Spieth as the only player with a chance to catch the Englishman.
 
Spieth had a five-shot lead at the turn but totally collapsed on the back side, dumping two balls in the water at No. 12 for a quadruple-bogey 7.
 
But he rallied with birdies at the 13th and 15th, giving him a chance with three holes still to play.
 
6:20 p.m.: Danny Willett is heading to the final hole of the Masters with a two-stroke lead.
 
No one saw this coming.
 
Jordan Spieth made the turn with a commanding five-shot advantage, seemingly a shoe-in for his second straight green jacket. But the 22-year-old Texan totally fell apart in less than an hour, dumping two balls in the water at No. 12 for a quadruple-bogey 7.
 
Willett, a 28-year-old Englishman, birdied the 16th hole and made a crucial up-and-down at the 17th to protect his lead.
 
He is at 5 under overall and two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson. Lee Westwood and Spieth are three shots back.
 
5:45 p.m.: Jordan Spieth has totally collapsed at the Masters.
 
It only took three holes.
 
Spieth made the turn with a commanding five-stroke lead, having closed the front side with four straight birdies. Then, extending his Jekyll-and-Hyde performances of the last two rounds, he bogeyed the next two holes before dumping two balls into Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th hole.
 
He wound up making a quadruple-bogey 7, suddenly dropping three shots behind the new leader Danny Willett.
 
5:15 p.m.: Make it a trifecta of holes-in-one at the 16th hole.
 
For the first time ever, there have been three aces at one hole in a Masters round. Louis Oosthuizen added to the roars on the back side of the course, hitting a shot that actually ricocheted off J.B. Holmes' ball and still managed to drop into the cup.
 
Oosthuizen threw up his arms and jokingly feigned as though he was going to throw his club into the pond.
 
The South African joins Shane Lowry and Davis Love III with aces at the 170-yard hole known as "Redbud."
 
5:05 p.m.: It might be time to start measuring Jordan Spieth for another green jacket.
 
The defending Masters champion has pulled out to a commanding five-stroke lead with four straight birdies to close the front side, including a 20-foot putt at No. 9.
 
Spieth makes the turn with a 4-under 32 for the round and a 7-under score overall. Danny Willett is his closest challenger at 2 under, and only two other players are under par.
 
The 22-year-old Texan can join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back Masters.
 
5:00 p.m.: Bryson DeChambeau finishes as the low amateur after his third even-par round at Augusta National.
 
DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, birdied two of his final four holes. That includes the 18, where he had a pair of errant tee shots en route to a triple bogey on Friday.
 
Still, his only poor round was Saturday's 77. He finished with a 5 over 293.
 
A big regret was not getting enough rest.
 
"I was tired today," said DeChambeau, who was playing in his last event as an amateur. "I didn't manage my energy very well at the beginning of this week, and that's just experience. I wish I could change that. I think I'd be in a different position now."
 
Jordan Spieth has stretched his lead to four shots at 6 under.
 
4:45 p.m.: England's Matthew Fitzpatrick has turned in the best round of the weekend at the Masters.
 
The 21-year-old birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 67 that pushed him onto the Augusta National leaderboard.
 
Fitzpatrick finished at even-par 288 and headed to the clubhouse six shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
 
Another Englishman is finishing strong, as well.
 
Paul Casey is 4 under after a birdie at No. 15 and also back to even overall.
 
4:25 p.m.: Lee Westwood is trying to get in the mix at the Masters.
 
The 42-year-old, who is 0 for 71 in the majors, made birdie on No. 9 to finish the front side in 34 and move into red numbers, at 1 under.
 
He is four shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
 
Westwood, a former world No. 1, had the 54-hole lead in the 2010 Masters but lost by three to Phil Mickelson.
 
That marked the first of four top-10 finishes for Westwood at Augusta.
 
4:05 p.m.: Remember when Bernhard Langer and Hideki Matsuyama were two shots behind Jordan Spieth at the Masters?
 
That was so two hours ago.
 
Playing in the second-to-last group at Augusta National, Langer and Matsuyama have both gotten off to rough starts and fallen off the leaderboard.
 
Langer, trying to win his third Masters at age 58, has two bogeys and a double over his first six holes and is six behind the leader.
 
Matsuyama made double bogey on No. 6 that dropped him five strokes back.
 
Spieth is at 3 under, and has a one-shot lead on Danny Willett. Soren Kjeldsen and Smylie Kaufman are two strokes behind.
 
3:50 p.m.: Suddenly, Jordan Spieth has some breathing room at the Masters.
 
After starting the day with only a one-shot lead, Spieth pushed his edge to three strokes with a nifty par save at the par-3 fourth hole. He got a fortuitous bounce out of the pine trees on his tee shot, chipped 12 feet past the flag and made a testy putt coming back to keep his score at 4 under.
 
Smylie Kaufman, playing in the final group of a major for the first time, had about a 6-footer on the same hole but missed for a bogey. That dropped him into a tie for second at 1 under, tied with Soren Kjeldsen and Danny Willett. Lee Westwood has birdied two straight holes to get to even par, four shots off the lead.
 
3:35 p.m.: Next, it was Davis Love III's turn to bring No. 16 to its knees.
 
Only about 20 minutes after Shane Lowry aced the 16th hole at Augusta National, Love followed him up with another ace.
 
The Ryder Cup captain took 7-iron, landed the ball in the middle of the green and watched it trickle down and curve left, straight into the hole.
 
It was the fourth time since 2004 at the Masters that there had been a hole-in-one on the same hole in the same round.
 
Last time was 2012, when Adam Scott and Bo Van Pelt each aced No. 16.
 
It was a rare highlight Sunday for Love, one of three 50-plus players to make the cut at Augusta. The ace made him 7 over on the day.
 
3:30 p.m.: Bernhard Langer's hopes of becoming the oldest major champion in golf history have taken a huge blow early in the final round.
 
The 58-year-old German took a double-bogey 6 at the third hole, the shortest par 4 on the course. He came up short with his second shot, rolled it through the green, and then chipped past the flag before missing the bogey putt coming back.
 
Langer also bogeyed the first hole and is 3 over for the day, leaving him a daunting six shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
 
Langer began the day just two strokes off the pace.
 
3:10 p.m.: Shane Lowry has made a hole-in-one at the Masters.
 
The bearded, 29-year-old Irishman aced the 170-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. The ball hopped three times on the green and curled back to the left before dropping into the hole.
 
Lowry pumped his fists and high-fived playing partner Patrick Reed while the patrons let out a roar that could be heard all across Augusta National.
 
It was the 16th ace at the hole known as "Redbud" and the first in four years.
 
A few moments later, Billy Horschel pulled off a memorable shot of his own.
 
From 88 yards, he holed out from the fairway at the par-5 eighth for an eagle.
 
3:00 p.m.: Smylie Kaufman missed a prime chance to claim a share of the Masters lead.
 
Playing in the final group, the 24-year-old Alabamian stuck his second shot within 4 feet of the flag, only to lip out the birdie putt. That left Kaufman one shot behind leader Jordan Spieth, who also made a par at No. 1 with a two-putt from 30 feet.
 
Kaufman is trying to become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters in his first appearance.
 
Spieth is the defending champion and can join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only players to win back-to-back at Augusta National.
 
Bernhard Langer and Hideki Matsuyama, playing in the next-to-last group, both dropped a shot at the first hole.
 
The 58-year-old Langer overshot the green with his approach and couldn't get up and down. Matsuyama came up short with his second shot, chipped 14 feet past the cup and missed the putt.
 
They are now three shots off the lead, tied with Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett and Soren Kjeldsen.
 
2:45 p.m.: Jordan Spieth has teed off in the Masters, looking to become the youngest two-time winner in tournament history.
 
The 22-year-old Spieth had held the outright lead at Augusta National in an unprecedented seven straight rounds, but he'll have his work cut out for him on the final day. Smylie Kaufman is only one shot back and five other players are within three strokes of the lead.
 
One of those is 58-year-old Bernhard Langer, trying to become the oldest major champion in golf history. The German is at 1-under, tied with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.
 
The wind has calmed, giving the players a chance to put up better scores than they did the past two days. Amateur Romain Langasque has already posted a 4-under 68, Henrik Stenson shot 69, and five other players have broken par among the early starters.
 
2:25 p.m.: While Jordan Spieth wraps up his warm-up on the driving range, Rory McIlroy is on the course at the Masters – and running into trouble.
 
McIlroy found two bunkers on the second hole and settled for a par, to go with a bogey on the first hole.
 
The four-time major champion, who has never won a green jacket, had pulled within five shots of Spieth after the defending titlist played the last two holes Saturday in 3 over.
 
But McIlroy is not capitalizing and has fallen six shots back.
 
Spieth and rookie Smylie Kaufman, who is one shot back, tee off at 2:45 p.m.
 
11:20 a.m.: The wind shouldn't bedevil the field quite so much in the final round of the Masters.
 
Perhaps that will mean lower scores.
 
It's sunny and a brisk 50 degrees, but winds are a relatively calm 9 mph. The forecast calls for significant relief from the heavy winds that have wreaked havoc on some shots – including a sudden gust that pushed Billy Horschel's potential eagle putt on 15 into the water on Saturday that led to a bogey.
 
Leader Jordan Spieth and rookie Smylie Kaufman, who's one stroke back at 2 under, tee off at 2:45 p.m.
 
Thanks in no small part to the winds, only seven of the 57 players are par or better. Kevin Na of South Korea is taking advantage of the conditions, going 4 under through eight holes with an eagle on the par-5 No. 2.
 
7:25 a.m.: Jordan Spieth knows he could have a commanding lead when Sunday's final round at the Masters gets underway.
 
Instead, a round of 1-over 73 left him at 3 under and clinging to a one-shot lead over Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman, whose 69 was the best score on a wind-whipped day at Augusta – and one of only five rounds under par.
 
Bernhard Langer, the 58-year-old, two-time champion, and Hideki Matsuyama are another shot back.
 
Sunday's forecast calls for highs in the upper 60s and, for the first time this week, calm winds. In other words, good scoring conditions.
 
SATURDAY 
 
7:30 p.m.: Jordan Spieth finished the third round of the Masters with a bogey and a double bogey and will head into Sunday with only a one-shot lead.
 
Spieth shot 1-over 73 to finish at 3 under for the tournament. That's one ahead of Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman.
 
Despite his troubles at the end, Spieth holds the outright lead for his record seventh straight round. He's trying to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.
 
One shot behind Kaufman are 58-year-old Bernhard Langer, who shot 70, and Hideki Matsuyama, who shot 72.
 
Another shot back are Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett.
 
Spieth made birdie on No. 15 for a four-shot lead heading into the home stretch. But he lost his tee shots to the right on 17 and 18 and ended up with a 5 and 6 to end the day.
 
Rory McIlroy played in the final group with Spieth but shot 77 and will start the final round five shots out of the lead.
 
6:15 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama surged up the leaderboard at Augusta National, refusing to let gusts near 30 mph throw him off his game.
 
Smylie Kaufman wasn't far behind, and Bernhard Langer looked like the player who won both of the first of his two green jackets more than 30 years ago.
 
All are trailing Jordan Spieth, who kept his lead despite an up-and-down round.
 
Matsuyama is 2 under for the day and one shot behind Spieth.
 
Kaufman, from Birmingham, Alabama, finished 3 under for the day, good enough to put him in third. Langer, a 58-year-old German, walked off 2 under for the round and is sitting in fourth place.
 
Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, tumbled down – and eventually off – the leaderboard and is 5 over for the day after opening one shot off the lead.
 
4:40 p.m.: A sudden blast of wind turned Billy Horschel's birdie shot into a bogey after a gust pushed his ball into the water.
 
Horschel had marked his ball on the 15th green and then was preparing for the putt when it started rolling toward a slope and dropped into the water while he watched helplessly.
 
"It's just an unfortunate situation where a big ole gust came through," he said. "I was a foot or two from a false front. It started rolling and the wind kept pushing it to the false front and it went in the water.
 
"All in all, it was a really good bogey."
 
That was perhaps the most telling example of how the 20-mph hour winds, and powerful gusts, have affected players in the first three rounds.
 
Horschel said he expressed frustrations to the rules officials, noting he refrained from cursing at them, knowing it was nobody's fault. He says he can't remember anything like that happening to him before.
 
4:21 p.m.: Leader Jordan Spieth took advantage of a favorable bounce at No. 4 to keep Rory McIlroy at bay and remain one of the few golfers in the third round at par or better.
 
Spieth saved par with an 8-footer at No. 4 after banging his tee shot off the grandstand to the left of the par-3 green. On the previous hole, the Texan made a 7-foot birdie putt to push his lead over McIlroy to three strokes.
 
Only three of the 57 players who made the cut are under par. In addition to Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, and Louis Oosthuizen – the only player whose round is finished – are in the red.
 
3:05 p.m.: Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy both have parred the first hole.
 
The day's final pairing teed off with Spieth holding a one-stroke lead over McIlroy, who's seeking to complete the career Grand Slam.
 
Spieth is already the first player at Augusta National to have the outright lead in six straight rounds. He's aiming to make it seven.
 
Scott Piercy and Brandt Snedeker are both two shots back at 2 under.
 
It's sunny and 66 degrees at Augusta National, where winds are approaching 20-mph with gusts closer to 30.
 
2:45 p.m.: Bernhard Langer is the oldest player still competing at the Masters this weekend, and at the moment he's also the hottest.
 
The 58-year-old Langer is 2 under through five holes. Only three other players are under par in the round so far.
 
The two-time Masters champion birdied the second and fifth holes to move to within three strokes of leader Jordan Spieth.
 
Langer is one of three 50-somethings who made the cut, joining 57-year-old Larry Mize and 51-year-old Davis Love III.
 
2:00 p.m.: Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has already finished up his day at Augusta National.
 
The first player off on a cool morning and paired with a marker, Watson struggled to a 4-over 76 in the breezy conditions. That left him at 10-over 226 for the tournament and on pace for his worst performance in eight Master appearances.
 
Watson says "the golf course beat me this year, so I've just got to improve, try to get better around this place."
 
1:00 p.m.: How tough are conditions at Augusta National? The players on the course are a cumulative 56-over par in the third round.
 
Looking more like a British Open, even on a sunny day with temperatures in the 60s, the Masters is posing quite a test for those who made it to the weekend. The wind is blowing at close to 20 mph, with gusts approaching 30 mph.
 
At the moment, only two players are under par: Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson at 1 under.
 
The conditions could get a bit easier for those teeing off in the afternoon, though the baked-out greens will make putting treacherous for everyone. The forecast calls for the winds to decrease late in the day.
 
12:30 p.m.: It's been quite a wild ride for 57-year-old Larry Mize in the third round of the Masters.
 
The 1987 Masters winner got started with three straight birdies, despite the howling wind at Augusta National. Then, reality set in. Mize bogeyed the next four holes, pushing his score back over par for the round.
 
Mize finally made his first par of the day at No. 8.
 
There are three 50-year-olds playing on the weekend. Mize is joined by 58-year-old Bernhard Langer and 51-year-old Larry Mize.
 
11:40 a.m.: The wind is really howling at Augusta National.
 
Look for another day of high scores in the third round of the Masters.
 
With the wind blowing at 22 mph and gusting much higher, the flags are flapping and the patrons are all bundled up on a sunny Saturday, even with temperatures climbing into the mid-60s.
 
On Friday, no one broke 70 in a round for the first time since 2007. In fact, only four players managed to get under par.
 
The tough conditions didn't seem to bother 57-year-old Larry Mize, one of three 50-year-olds to make the cut. The 1987 Masters champion started the third round with three straight birdies.
 
Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy tee off in the final group of the day at 2:50 p.m. Spieth, the defending Masters champion, has a one-stroke lead on McIlroy, who is looking to complete the career Grand Slam.
 
10:30 a.m.: The third round of the Masters is underway, though the leaders don't tee off until Saturday afternoon.
 
Two-time champion Bubba Watson, who needed a Jordan Spieth bogey to make it to the weekend, was the first to start after making the cut with a 6 over 150. He parred the first two holes.
 
Spieth, the leader and defending champ, hits the course with Rory McIlroy at 2:50 p.m.
 
The temperatures were in the upper 50s in the morning. The forecast calls for sunny skies and a sustained breeze of 20 mph, still calmer than the 30 mph gusts in the second round
 
Only four players broke par and no one broke 70 for the first time since the third round of the frigid 2007 tournament.
 
7:40 a.m.: Maybe one of these days someone other than Jordan Spieth will sit atop the leaderboard.
 
The 22-year-old Texan battled through blustery conditions Friday to take a one-stroke edge over Rory McIlroy, making Spieth the first player in the history of Augusta National to have the lead all to himself in six straight rounds.
 
He was on top from wire to wire a year ago, capturing his first green jacket in romp, and he's held the top spot through the first 36 holes this year.
 
Spieth says, "I have two more days to give it everything I have, and that's what we'll do, just to try to keep myself right on top."
 
FRIDAY
 
7:30 p.m.: Jordan Spieth held on. Phil Mickelson stumbled on the back nine and Tom Watson said goodbye.
 
Yes, it was an emotional, blustery second round at the Masters.
 
Mickelson and Watson, with five Masters titles between them, both missed the cut. Lefty had his worst round ever at Augusta National – a 7-over 79 – and the 66-year-old Watson, playing his final round on the course, was just one stroke better with a 6-over 78.
 
But when the day ended after the tears and frustration, the defending champion sat atop the leaderboard with Spieth leading Rory McIlroy by a stroke.
 
6:45 p.m.: Defending champion Jordan Spieth kept his nerves in check and steered his golf ball through gusts of up to 30 mph skillfully enough to hang onto the lead at the end of a chaotic second round at Augusta National.
 
Spieth's 2-over 74 gave him a two-day total of 140 – Rory McIlroy is a stroke back after one of the few sub-par rounds of the day – and made the Texan the first player to lead six consecutive rounds after he went wire-to-wire in a 2015 win. Friday marked the first time since the third round in 2007 that no player broke 70.
 
Bryson DeChambeau, the U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion at SMU, played with Spieth and Paul Casey and was 3-under par and closing in on Spieth at No. 18. But he ran into trouble off the tee, hitting one drive out of bounds and another into an unplayable lie and wound up making triple-bogey 7.
 
5:59 p.m.: Tom Watson missed the cut and said "Adios" to Augusta National as a competitor with the same flair he used to win two green jackets among his total of eight majors. Not surprising, he got a standing ovation from the packed gallery.
 
With rival Jack Nicklaus, Watson dominated golf in the mid-1970s and '80s.
 
On his last competitive hole at Augusta National, Watson split the fairway with his tee shot at No. 18 and nearly made birdie there. He had just enough time to check his emotions before family members, led by his son and sometimes-caddie Michael, poured onto the green.
 
Watson, 66, said earlier in the week that while he'll come back for the annual Champions Dinner, but he was done struggling to make the cut and didn't want to take a competitive slot from any other player, and so it was time to say, "Adios."
 
In a tribute to the late Bruce Edwards, his close pal and longtime caddie, Watson left an egg salad sandwich on the bench at No. 13.
 
5:40 p.m.: Jordan Spieth used a driving iron and a few pleas to his golf ball – "Go, go, go, please go!" – to reach the par-5 15th green in two strokes from 245 yards out and wound up making birdie. That put the first-round leader and defending champion at 6 under, good for a two-shot lead deep in the second round at Augusta National.
 
However, the Texan still couldn't shake amateur Bryson DeChambeau, who made a birdie of his own and moved to 4 under. DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, reached the back of No. 15 with a metal wood from 251 yards away, but ran a nifty chip shot back to 2 feet and knocked that in.
 
4:54 p.m.: Two golfers with impressive pedigrees – Rory McIlroy, a three-time major champion just shy of 27, and Bryson DeChambeau, who won both the U.S. Amateur and NCAA titles last year – are closing in on first-round leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth. Both trailed by two shots.
 
In tough, wind-swept conditions, McIlroy shot 71, becoming only the second player – along with Troy Merritt – to break par in the second round with half the field in the clubhouse. DeChambeau, who is playing alongside Spieth, was 3 under par through 13 holes.
 
3:52 p.m.: Defending champion Jordan Spieth is anything but typical as pro golfers go, but his up-and-down adventures in the wind-blown second round mirror the struggles being experienced by the rest of the field. Gusts up to 20 mph were the main culprit.
 
Spieth, the opening-day leader with a 6-under 66, made two birdies in his first three holes before making double bogey at No. 5. He then made birdie at No. 8, only to give the stroke back at the next hole and make the turn at even-par 36.
 
Spieth has never shot over par in a round at Augusta National.
 
He'll have to work to keep that intact. Of the first 36 golfers to make it back to the clubhouse, 40 percent of the field at Augusta National, only Troy Merritt was under par and just barely. He shot 71.
 
Spieth holds a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy.
 
2:55 p.m.: Jordan Spieth has come back to the pack a bit after four-putting the fifth green en route to a double bogey.
 
After making two birdies over the first four holes, the double left Spieth at 6-under par. That's still four clear of five players tied for second, including Danny Lee, who was in the clubhouse at 2-under 142.
 
On No. 5, the defending champion hit his approach to about 50 feet and got the first putt to seven feet. But he rammed the next putt 4 feet past the cup and needed two more to finish.
 
On No. 6, Spieth got up and down with a 17-foot putt to save par.
 
1:50 p.m.: Jordan Spieth stretched his lead to four early in his second round at the Masters Friday.
 
With birdies on the first and third holes, Spieth was 8 under for the tournament. None of his pursuers had made a move, and Danny Lee was closest at 4 under after 16 holes.
 
Scott Piercy, Shane Lowry and Paul Casey were all 3 under, as was Justin Rose, who was to tee off later in the afternoon.
 
No competitor has been within two strokes of Spieth at Augusta National in his last five rounds.
 
1:30 p.m.: Ian Woosnam, who won the Masters in 1991, won't compete at Augusta National again.
 
He made the announcement Friday after a second round 81 – he shot 82 Thursday. On the 18th hole Friday, he hooked his drive off an ice machine in the concession stands left of the fairway, took a drop near the eighth tee box and saved par.
 
After playing Friday's round in 9-over 81 and failing to break 80 for the second straight day, the 58-year-old Welshman told a small group of reporters he wouldn't tee it up at Augusta anymore. As a winner, he has a lifetime exemption.
 
Woosnam said the course had become too long and his bad back seized up as soon as he started walking the hilly layout.
 
1:05 p.m.: Masters leader Jordan Spieth started his second round in conditions better suited to flying a kite than playing golf.
 
With steady 10-mph breezes from the west raking across Augusta National, Spieth's opening 66 looks even better than when he posted it, since nearly every golfer on the leaderboard Thursday and already out on the course has dropped shots.
 
That group includes Danny Lee, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia and Scott Piercy. One of the few golfers headed in the other direction is PGA Championship winner Jason Day, who's 3-under through 10 holes.
 
The wind is expected to get stronger as the afternoon wears on, with predictions of gusts up to 20 mph.
 
12:40 p.m.: Things are looking up a bit for Ernie Els.
 
Sure, he three-putted for double bogey on the first hole – a significant improvement from Thursday's six-putt and quintuple-bogey 9. But on Friday, Els went a more respectable 1 over for the rest of the front nine. That included two more bogeys and a birdie on the par-5 No. 8 after a 17-foot putt, a nice make after all those struggles with his short game.
 
His 39 when making the turn was two strokes better than in Round 1. It is progress, at least. Fans offered some gentle encouragement along the way.
 
More significantly, leading and 2015 green jacket winner Jordan Spieth tees off shortly.
 
11:55 a.m.: A Spaniard, a Kiwi and Scott Piercy walk onto a golf course ... and there is your closest pursuers of first-round leader Jordan Spieth at Augusta National on Day 2.
 
Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee and Piercy were all at 4-under par in the early going, still two shots behind defending champion Spieth, who won't tee off until 12:55 p.m.
 
10:30 a.m.: If he's a glass-half-full guy, Ernie Els could say he's taking baby steps.
 
On Friday, he only needed three putts to finish the first hole.
 
Els' nightmare on No. 1 continued into Round 2 of the Masters. He made double-bogey, which included clocking a fan on an errant approach shot, then a miss from inside of 4 feet.
 
Not as bad as the six-putt Thursday that ended up in a quintuple-bogey 9 – the worst score ever recorded on that hole.
 
Els took plenty of time on the practice green before the round, dropping balls 2-3 feet from the holes and carefully measuring them. At one point, he knocked in eight in a row.
 
Things unraveled quickly. Els hooked his approach shot and hit a fan, who, moments later, was sporting an ice pack on the right side of his head. Els then chipped to the top of the mound on the first green, but the ball rolled backward, and his par putt came from about 50 feet.
 
10:12 a.m.: Danny Lee signaled "Game On!" by making birdie at No. 2 as the chase to catch defending champion and first-round leader Jordan Spieth began in earnest. Lee and Ian Poulter were the only players among the top 10 on the leaderboard and on the course in a strong morning breeze.
 
Spieth shot an opening-day 66, two better than Lee's 68. Poulter was another stroke behind.
 
With the cut lurking at the end of the day, birdies could be tough to come by. Winds are expected to gust up to 25 mph this afternoon, drying up Augusta National's already slick greens and making shot calculations that much trickier. Flags atop the manual scoreboard at the entrance to the course, reflecting the nationalities of the pack of players chasing Spieth, were already rippling in the breeze.
 
8:55 a.m.: The second round of the Masters has started with two questions looming. Who can catch Jordan Spieth, and who will get two more days to try?
 
The top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead, make the cut at Augusta National. All eyes will be on 66-year-old Tom Watson playing in his final Masters. Watson knows he can't win a green jacket, but he would love to say farewell on Sunday instead of Friday. He opened with a 74. The oldest player to make the cut in the Masters is Tommy Aaron, who was 63 when he played all four rounds in 2000.
 
A trace of rain overnight won't make the course soft. It just keeps it from getting overly fast and firm.
 
Spieth was at 6-under 66 and tees off at 12:55 p.m.
 
Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, two shots behind, played early Friday. So did Rory McIlroy (2 under) and Jason Day (even par).
 
7:45 a.m.: A pack of lesser-known players is pursuing Jordan Spieth at the Masters, and some other big names are lurking not too far behind.
 
Danny Lee and Shane Lowry – surprisingly tied for second two strokes behind Spieth's 6-under 66 – get a couple hours head start in Friday's second round before Spieth resumes his attack on Augusta National just before 1 p.m. World No. 1 Jason Day, who struggled on the back nine Thursday to fall six strokes behind Spieth, will be back on the course around 10 a.m.
 
Spieth is hoping to match Arnold Palmer's record Masters streak of finishing six rounds with the lead. It won't be any easier than battling the winds at Augusta National this week.
 
THURSDAY
 
8:22 p.m.: Jordan Spieth went bogey-free in the first round en route to a 6-under 66, opening defense of his championship in convincing fashion. The rest of the leaderboard was packed with international players, reminiscent of mid-1980s and '90s, when U.S. golfers like Spieth had to fend off challenges from all over.
 
Two strokes behind the Texan are Danny Lee (New Zealand) and Shane Lowry (Ireland) at 68. A pack of five another stroke back at 69 includes Englishmen Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Spaniard Sergio Garcia.
 
Spieth and Rose are the only major winners in the front-running group.
 
6:12 p.m.: Jason Day dropped precipitously out of first-day contention at Augusta National after dumping his tee shot into the drink alongside the par-3 16th green. The world's top-ranked player was closing in on clubhouse leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth after a 31 on the front.
 
But Day started the back with a bogey, then went bogey-triple bogey-bogey on Nos. 15-17 and was limping back to the clubhouse at even-par. Spieth's closest pursuers were Danny Lee, who carded a 68, and Shane Lowry, who was 4-under at No. 15.
 
4:30 p.m.: Shane Lowry's fast start places him right up there with stars Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at the Masters so far.
 
Lowry birdied holes 2-5 and is 5-under through nine holes. He made a 13-foot birdie putt on No. 4 and followed that with a 17-footer on the next hole. Defending champion Spieth took the lead into the clubhouse at 6 under.
 
Top-ranked Jason Day also was one shot back after nine holes but had his first bogey on No. 10 to leave Lowry alone in second.
 
Lowry, who is from Ireland, won last year's Bridgestone Invitational. He missed the cut at the 2015 Masters.
 
3:08 p.m.: The leaders don't usually get paired together until the weekend at the Masters, but defending champ Justin Spieth and Englishman Paul Casey took matters into their own hands in Thursday's opening round.
 
Spieth played bogey-free en route to becoming the leader in the clubhouse with a 5-under, bogey-free 67. Casey offset three bogeys with six birdies and was tied with two others at 69.
 
Spieth's most notable par save over the closing holes came at the par-3 16th, where he dropped a 15-footer and kissed the putter as he walked off the green. Casey made birdie there, but tripped on the next hole.
 
1:50 p.m.: Ernie Els has made Masters history – and not in a good way.
 
He opened with a 10 on the par-4 first hole. Els seven-putted – yes, SEVEN – from 2 feet.
 
After his first two shots it was almost literally downhill from there with putts sailing back-and forth past the hole. The frustration continued to mount, including missing a 10-incher with a one-handed flick of the putter during the embarrassing sequence.
 
His sextuple bogey is the worst score on the first hole at the Masters, beating the old mark by two strokes.
 
The 46-year-old South African has a pair of runner-up finishes at Augusta National, in 2000 and 2004.
 
He's won four major titles, including two U.S. Opens.
 
1:25 p.m.: Rickie Fowler is having a roller coaster opening round at the Masters in pursuit of his first major title, including a triple bogey.
 
After starting with a double bogey, Fowler recovered with three birdies. Then came the triple on No. 13.
 
His drive went right, into the trees. Then Fowler had to take a drop after his third shot landed in the creek and he overshot the green, chipping it 17 feet past the hole and two-putting for an 8.
 
Fowler's luck didn't immediately get better with another drive into the trees on 14 after falling to 4 over.
 
12:55 p.m.: Paul Casey joined Jordan Spieth on top of the Masters' leaderboard at 3-under – momentarily.
 
Casey caught his playing partner with a long birdie putt at No. 10, prompting a celebratory fist pump. But Spieth quickly responded with his own birdie on the same hole to move to 4-under.
 
While Spieth is trying to become the first repeat winner since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002, Casey's had some success at Augusta National, too.
 
He's finished in the top 11 four times and was tied for sixth a year ago.
 
11:55 a.m.: Jordan Spieth is picking up where he left off at the Masters.
 
The defending champion has the early lead after making three birdies on the first eight holes, including a 10-footer at the par-3 sixth. England's Paul Casey and Daniel Berger are at 2-under par.
 
Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters winner, dropped out of the lead just before the turn with a bogey at No. 9.
 
The 22-year-old Spieth became the second-youngest Masters winner with his dominating 18-under performance a year ago. The last repeat winner: Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.
 
11:25 a.m.: Zach Johnson and Bernd Wiesberger are tied for the lead at the Masters.
 
Johnson, who won the green jacket in 2007 and added another major title at last year's British Open, rolled in two straight birdies to join the Austrian in the top spot. The second of those was especially impressive, after Johnson overshot the green with his approach shot at No. 7. He rolled in a treacherous downhill putt off the fringe to push his score to 2-under par.
 
Wiesberger birdied the par-5 second hole, and added another birdie at No. 7 to make the turn with a 34.
 
Among those one shot off the early pace: defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth.
 
10:55 a.m.: Rickie Fowler has bounced back from a tough start at Augusta National.
 
After hitting his opening tee shot into the trees and taking a double bogey, Fowler made birdies on three of the next four holes to push his score under par.
 
Fowler is one stroke behind early leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and part of a group that also includes 66-year-old Tom Watson, playing in his final Masters.
 
Defending champion Jordan Spieth is also 1 under after a birdie at No. 3.
 
Spieth is trying to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back Masters.
 
10:35 a.m.: Playing in his final Masters, 66-year-old Tom Watson is atop the leaderboard in the early going at Augusta National.
 
Watson, a two-time Masters winner, birdied the third hole and is among six players at 1 under.
 
His main goal is to make it to the weekend. Watson hasn't made the cut at Augusta since 2010.
 
10:00 a.m.: Rickie Fowler is off to a rough start in pursuit of his first major championship.
 
Fowler made a double-bogey 6 on the first hole of the Masters. His trouble began with a drive into the trees right of the fairway, and he ricocheted his next shot off a tree.
 
Fowler is considered the best player in the world without a major title. It's the only thing keeping him from being lumped in with fellow 20-something stars Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
 
Journeyman Jim Herman, the last player to qualify for the Masters, got off to a much better start with birdies on his first two holes. But he quickly fell back with three straight bogeys starting at No. 4.
 
9:48 a.m.: Defending champion Jordan Spieth has teed off at Augusta National.
 
The 22-year-old Spieth became the second-youngest Masters winner with his dominating 18-under performance a year ago. Now he's trying to become only the fourth back-to-back champion in tournament history.
 
The last to do it: Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.
 
Woods, of course, is sitting out this year's Masters while he recovers from back surgery.
 
8:50 a.m.: The Masters is underway after a pair of ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
 
Eighty-six-year-old Arnold Palmer watched from a chair at the first tee, deciding not to take a swing this year because of health issues. So it was left to Nicklaus and Player to hit the shots that traditionally begin the first major championship of the year.
 
Fifteen minutes after the ceremony, the tournament began for real with Jim Herman and Steven Bowditch going off in the first group on a sunny, brisk morning at Augusta National, the course dampened by overnight thunderstorms.
 
Herman made a birdie on the first hole to put his name atop the leaderboard, sure quite a thrill for the 38-year-old journeyman playing in his first Masters. He was the last player to qualify for the tournament, getting in with his victory last weekend at Houston.
 
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