The MastersApril 7, 2016

Masters: Spieth shoots 66, leads for fifth straight round

Jordan Spieth leads at Augusta National for the fifth consecutive round, with Rory McIlroy just four shots behind.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth has held the Masters for five consecutive rounds following a bogey-free six-under par 66 in the first round at Augusta National.

Spieth, who led wire to wire last year, has a two-stroke lead over Shane Lowry of Ireland and New Zealand's Danny Lee, each of whom shot 68.

"I got a lot out of the round with what I felt like was kind of average-ish ball-striking," said Spieth. "Just scored the ball extremely well, which is something I've been struggling with this season. I am extremely pleased with that round today. I felt like we stole a few. I put it up there with one of the best rounds I've played, one of the best rounds I've scored."

Rory McIlroy, needing a win at the Masters to complete the career grand slam, shot a two-under par 70. He is tied for 10th and four shots back of the lead.

Jason Day, after getting to five-under par and one shot off the lead through nine holes, finished with an even-par 72. He had three bogeys on the back nine, and a triple bogey on 16. He is tied for 21st, six shots off the lead.

Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters champion, had a difficult time navigating the back nine as well. He had five bogeys and a double bogey on 16, leading to a three-over 75. Watson is nine shots off the lead.

Rickie Fowler, still looking for his first major championship, shot an eight-over 80 in a round that featured four bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey at the par-5 13th hole. He is tied for 81st.

Phil Mickelson, seeking his fourth Masters victory, shot an even-par 72.

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