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Sizzling Spieth confident of controlling destiny

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Jordan Spieth produced one of the greatest rounds of golf in Major history with an eight-under 64 yesterday morning (Singapore time) to lead by three strokes after the first round of the US Masters.

The 21-year-old Texan at one stage looked in line to become the first player to shoot below 63 in a Major - a mark currently shared by 24 golfers - but a poor approach shot to the 15th led to his only bogey and nudged the record agonisingly out of his grasp.

Still, Spieth closed with a 20-footer for a ninth birdie at the last to surpass fellow young gun Rory McIlroy as the youngest player to have led the Masters after the opening round and underlined once again his huge potential.

Tied for second on his debut last year, Spieth ended the day at Augusta as sole leader.

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"It's nice to put myself in a position now where I can really stay patient, dig in and keep giving myself opportunities and not worry about anything else," Spieth said. "I can pretty much control my own destiny from here."

Asked if his wayward approach to the 15th, which ended in his only bogey of the day, had been down to nerves, Spieth said: "I wasn't aware what the course record was here, let alone that it actually would have been the lowest round in Major championship history.

"I just wanted to play the last four one under, given that 15 was a birdie hole today.

"Obviously, if I had birdied it, then I would have been on 10 under.

"That would be the lowest round that I've ever shot in a tournament round, so that's why I wanted to do that."

Defending champion Bubba Watson was solid en route to a 71, three-time winner Phil Mickelson was well-placed on 70 while 2012 winner Adam Scott settled for a level-par 72. - AFP.

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