Spieth takes Masters lead, one off majors record

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth kept up his hot play on the PGA Tour with a brilliant opening round at the Masters, shooting an 8-under 64 on Thursday for a two-stroke lead.

Jordan Spieth was one off the majors record in Round 1 on Thursday. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Spieth birdied eight of the first 14 holes, his shots so precise that he often had nothing more than tap-ins with the putter. He rolled in a 6-footer at the 12th and a 2-footer at the 13th and nearly holed out from behind a tree along the 14th fairway, the ball striking the flagstick before settling about 2 feet away for another easy birdie.

The 21-year-old Texan went to the par-5 15th with a shot at the major championship scoring record, which is 63. But he muscled his second shot through the green, leading to his only bogey.

He finished up with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

Jason Day was 6 under with two holes to play. Charley Hoffman, Justin Rose and Ernie Els shot 67.

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