Former Texas golfer Jordan Spieth is continuing to etch his name in the history books.
Spieth finished the first round of the 82nd Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday with the outright lead after firing a 6-under-par round of 66. He did so by recording five straight birdies on the back nine.
With the opening round in the books, Spieth — per ESPN Stats & Info — has now owned at least a share of the lead in 9 separate rounds in his career at Augusta — tying Tiger Woods for fourth all time on the list. Raymond Floyd and the late Sam Snead also claim that mark.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 5, 2018
Spieth only trails three of the greatest men to ever step foot on a golf course on the list — Gary Player (11), the late Arnold Palmer (18) and Jack Nicklaus (19).
Perhaps the most remarkable part of Spieth’s feat, however, is that he has only played a total of 17 Masters Tournament rounds in his career. Woods, on the other hand, has played in a total of 79 Masters Tournament rounds as of Thursday — though his pace was more resemblant of Spieth’s during his younger years as Woods captured the green jacket four times from 1997-2005.
Nonetheless, another day at golf’s most sacred grounds has gone by and Spieth is only further establishing himself among the greatest names to ever play the game.
Spieth’s second-round tee time on Friday is scheduled for 10:53 a.m. ET. He is one of four former or current Longhorns in the field.