Rory McIlroy Drains 39-Foot Birdie to Gain on Spieth Friday at Masters

Friday April 8th, 2016
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Jordan Spieth was coming back to the 2016 Masters field and Rory McIlroy was the man gaining on him. Birdies at 13 and 15 had the four-time major winner stalking the defending champ, but his tee shot on the 16th hole flew long on the green.

The ball, flighted high in the air, landed well past the hole but on the proper level for the green complex. A two-putt would have seemed adequate.

Instead, McIlroy drained the clutch putt, gained a stroke on the field and on Spieth. That birdie put McIlroy just two shots back of Spieth who made back-to-back bogeys on 9 and 10. 

Watch this clutch putt from McIlroy: 

 

 

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