Lowest Score for First Two Rounds in The Masters

Which golfers have posted the lowest scores for the first two rounds (36 holes) of The Masters? And who holds the record? The record-holder is Jordan Spieth. And the fact is that only a handful of golfers in Masters Tournament history have posted scores lower than 135 following the second round of play.

Following is a look at the all-time record, which Spieth established in 2015. Also included is the list of other lowest scores for the opening 36 holes of The Masters.

The Record: 130 by Jordan Spieth, 2015

En route to winning the 2015 Masters, Jordan Spieth had a score of 130 following the second round. And that is the lowest score in this major championship's history for the first 36 holes. (It is also the lowest score for any two consecutive rounds in The Masters.)

Spieth had a 64 in the first round and held a three-stroke lead after the opening 18. In the second round, Spieth scored 66, producing the 130 total, and led by five strokes.

Spieth then shot 70 in the third round to lead by four, and 70 in the final round to win by four over runners-up Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. His 270 total tied the then-Masters Tournament scoring record, and his 28 birdies set a new tournament record. At age 21, Spieth also became one of the youngest winners of The Masters.

The List: Low First 36 Holes in The Masters

  • 130 (64-66), Jordan Spieth, 2015, finished at 270, won by two strokes
  • 131 (65-66), Raymond Floyd, 1976, finished at 271, won by eight strokes
  • 132 (63-69), Greg Norman, 1996, finished at 281 in second place
  • 132 (65-67), Brooks Koepka, 2023, finished at 280 in second place
Floyd in 1976 was first to finish the first two rounds in fewer than 135 strokes (that is whose record Spieth broke in 2015), and it didn't happen again until 1996. And, somewhat surprisingly, it remains rare for golfers to score lower than 135 for the first two rounds.

In fact, in addition to the golfers listed above, it's happened only a handful of times. No golfer has scored 133 for the opening 36 holes, but four golfers have scored 134: Chris DiMarco in 2001, DiMarco again in 2005, Rory McIlroy in 2011 and Jon Rahm in 2023. None of those four went on to win, however.

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