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Published: 18:30 | 9/4/16

Spieth determined to learn lessons

Difficult day for reigning champion

Jordan Spieth is determined to learn the lessons from a difficult second round on Friday as he looks to secure back-to-back Masters victories.

The American struggled to a second round 74, his worst score in ten rounds at Augusta National, but retains a one-shot lead heading into the business end of the tournament.

Following his wire-to-wire victory last year, Spieth is the first player in tournament history to hold the outright lead after six consecutive rounds.

He leads by one shot from Rory McIlroy who shot a one-under 71, but was given a monitoring penalty for slow play on the eleventh.

"I wouldn't say it was unfair," he said afterwards.

"I would say have fun getting put on the clock at 11 of Augusta, and then play 11 and 12 rushing with gusting winds. It's not fun. It's not fun at all.

"We were way behind, so the only thing that I tried to ask to the rules officials that we could have a warning a couple holes in advance when it looks like you're falling somewhat behind. Because I don't know when we started not getting warnings, but we haven't been warned in a while. It's just, 'Hey, you guys are being timed'.

"I'm more than happy to take a bad time, and I had a 70-footer on number 11 across the green that I felt like I really needed to rush. Michael (Greller, his caddie) said, 'If you get a bad time, you get a bad time'.

"But then after that you're still on the clock and you've got gusting winds. You step off of one more shot and the rule says you get a stroke penalty. So it makes a difference.

"I think I can use the back nine as a learning experience. It was very tough to stay cool. I mean, it's a lot easier said than done. You could say, 'You looked like you got emotional out there'. I mean, you guys try it. That was a hard golf course!

"This has now gone to very much a US Open-style of play, on challenging greens."


By: Kieran O'Daly

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