As far ahead as Jordan Spieth is at the 79th Masters Tournament, he is currently walking alone.
But he could soon be running with golf’s greatest legends.
A day after shooting a career-low 64, Spieth backed it up with an equally impressive bogey-free 66 on Friday at Augusta National Golf Club to set the Masters’ 36-hole scoring mark.
The previous record was 13-under 131, set by Raymond Floyd in 1976. Spieth has made 15 birdies and just one bogey through 36 holes to get to 14-under 130.
His 130 total also ties the 36-hole scoring record for any major tournament.
“I am just excited to be off to a great start, having a chance to control my own destiny in this golf tournament,” Spieth said. “As far as history and what happened the last couple days, it doesn’t mean anything unless I can close it out.”
Spieth’s 66 also tied Kevin Na and Puyallup’s Ryan Moore — who recorded his best single-day score at a major — for the best round of the day.
Charley Hoffman, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, at least has Spieth within earshot. He shot a 68 and is in solo second at 135.
After that, the packed is littered with former major champions and high-profile players. Justin Rose (70), the 2013 U.S. Open winner, along with big-hitting Dustin Johnson (67) and Paul Casey (68) are tied for third at 137.
Johnson had an especially wild day — he made three eagles to set a Masters single-round record.
Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson (68) is alone in sixth at 138. Four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods (69) easily made the cut, and is in a tie for 19th.
To try to explain the kind of run Spieth has been on the past two days, there isn’t really any comparison.
He is five shots away from breaking Woods’ tournament scoring record of 270, set in 1997 in a 12-stroke runaway victory over runner-up Tom Kite.
Oddly enough, Woods was 21 years old in that tournament — the same age Spieth is now.
“I didn’t have that separation after two rounds — I believe I only had a three-shot lead at the time,” Woods said. “So there’s a big difference. He’s put out a big enough gap between him and the rest of the pack.”
From a ball-striking view, Spieth said he was much more on point Friday. He rarely was in any trouble. The longest par-saving putt he faced was a 7-footer at the third hole.
“Seems like there’s been quite a few guys that had success at a young age here,” Spieth said. “Seve won it when he was 23. Tiger at 21. Obviously I’m not comparing myself to those guys in any way, but I’m saying, it’s only taken them a time or two to figure it out and get into contention, and to close out this tournament.”
The surprise name on the leaderboard is Hoffman, who did tie for 27th in his debut Masters appearance in 2011. And he has played well lately, finishing tied for 11th at the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open the past two weeks.
Hoffman also had a bogey-free round going Friday until suffering one at the finishing hole to fall five shots behind Spieth.
“Of course I want to be in the last group with Jordan,” Hoffman said. “You’re watching one of the best players in the world play good golf right now, so obviously (I) can feed off him and hopefully I can catch him.”
No golfer had a crazier day than Johnson — who started his second round by making a double bogey at No. 1 from the back of the green.
But then he dominated the par-5 holes, hitting a 5-iron approach shot into No. 2 to make eagle, a 3-iron into No. 8 for another eagle, and finally a 5-iron into No. 15 for a final tap-in eagle.
Johnson made up eight shots in 15 holes before making a final-hole bogey.
“Anything can happen around here,” Johnson said. “It’s a fun golf course. It yields a lot of birdies or eagles. But you can make big numbers, too. So you just never know.”
And Friday saw a farewell to two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, who closed with an 85 in his 44th and final appearance and missed the cut.
On the 18th green, an emotional Crenshaw and longtime caddie Carl Jackson — whom the golfer was with for 39 of those Masters Tournaments — shared a long hug.
“We know how much each other has meant to the other one,” Crenshaw said. “It’s very powerful.”