Jordan Spieth's dominance at the Masters summed up in one stat

Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesJordan Spieth is in a familiar position at the Masters.
  • Jordan Spieth has a two-stroke lead after the first round at the Masters.
  • It was just the 17th round Spieth has played at the Masters – and yet it was the ninth time he had at least a share of the lead at the end of the day.
  • Spieth’s nine rounds led at the Masters is already as many as Tiger Woods has had in 21 Masters trips and is tied for the fourth-most of all time.

After one round of the Masters, Jordan Spieth is a familiar position: on top of the leaderboard.

Spieth used a run of five straight birdies on the back nine to shoot an opening-round 6-under, 66, to take a two-shot lead over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.

If it seems as if Spieth is always leading the Masters, it’s because he is – and one stat sums up that dominance.

Thursday’s opening round was just the 17th Masters round for Spieth, 24, at the Masters. He has been in first or tied for first in nine of those 17 rounds.

As Brad Townsend pointed out, Spieth’s nine rounds led at the Masters is already as many as Tiger Woods has had in 21 trips to Augusta National Golf Club.

In fact, he’s already tied for the fourth-most rounds led in the history of the tournament and already ahead of some of golf’s biggest names:

  • Jack Nicklaus – 19 rounds led
  • Arnold Palmer – 18
  • Gary Player – 11
  • Tiger Woods – 9
  • Jordan Spieth – 9
  • Sam Snead – 9
  • Raymond Floyd – 9
  • Jimmy Demaret – 8
  • Tom Watson – 7
  • Ben Crenshaw – 7
  • Byron Nelson – 7
  • Ben Hogan – 6
  • Fred Couples – 6
  • Seve Ballesteros – 6
  • Billy Casper – 6
  • Craig Stadler – 6
  • Horton Smith – 6

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