This time last year Jordan Spieth was finishing up his first official tournament as a professional golfer.
He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting 72-73 in his first two rounds, 12 shots behind leader (and eventual winner) Tiger Woods.
What a difference a year makes.
This time after two rounds, playing with Woods, Spieth finds himself 10 under, nine shots clear of the seven-time champ after a birdie-filled second-round 63.
Spieth couldn't miss a green and seemingly couldn't miss a putt. He made four birdies on his front nine (the back nine on the north course) and followed that up with five more on the back.
Here's a look:
Of course the north course is playing about four shots easier so Spieth's 63 wasn't totally unexpected after he shot a 1-under 71 at the south course on Thursday, but it was still impressive.
When asked why he scored so well on Friday, Spieth told Golf Channel the answer was pretty simple.
"I putted a lot better. I was more stable over the ball," said Spieth.
He also hit greens -- 17 of 18 in regulation in fact, according to Justin Ray of ESPN. Here's a sampling:
He also said he was undaunted playing with current world No. 1 Woods (who could only post a 1-under 71).
"I've spent a lot of time with him. That definitely helped. He's easy to play with, he talks to us. I just played my game. I wasn't looking at the scores," said Spieth.
Everybody says this, of course, but with Spieth and the way he talks and the way he carries himself, well, you actually kind of believe it.
He is golf's unicorn.
Every 20-year-old who plays out here (which isn't many) has immense talent. But none of them has the poise Spieth has to go out with Tiger and best him by eight strokes in a tournament he's owned. I mean, get out of here with that -- it's unheard of.
Spieth led by one over Stewart Cink after the dust settled on Friday and with that lead will be gunning for PGA Tour win No. 2 this weekend. This isn't the John Deere Classic, though, this is a big-boy tournament and everybody knows it.
Spieth was asked about his chances to win shortly after he completed his 63, he was realistic but confident.
"The south course is a different animal than that north course. I want to play it like I did yesterday. It's a US Open type venue," said Spieth.
Another tournament Spieth might be winning in the near future.