Without a doubt, Jordan Spieth and the Masters go hand-in-hand.
In 2014, the young American burst onto the major scene at Augusta National as he finished tied for second place with Jonas Blixt; just three shots behind two-time champion Bubba Watson. Not bad huh? Well, things were about to get a whole lot better for Spieth just twelve months later…
In 2015, Spieth broke numerous records on his way to one of the most dominant Masters triumphs of all-time. The 21-year-old finished on -18; tying Tiger Woods’ 72-hole record in the event whilst putting 28 birdies on a notoriously difficult course. Ultimately, it was one of the greatest major performances in history and one that will love long in the memory.
And last year, he was within whiskers of claiming back-to-back Masters victories before choking midway through the final round after hitting a disastrous quadruple bogey – which handed the initiative and momentum to England’s Danny Willett. However, Spieth cannot be discounted ahead of the 2017 event; after all, the young American and the Augusta National course are a match made in heaven.
As of October 13th, Spieth is priced at 8/1 in Coral’s sports betting markets and his form in this particular event would suggest that punters should take him seriously ahead of the first major tournament of the calendar year. Spieth wasn’t at his best in the backend of 2016 but if anyone is capable of bouncing back at Augusta National, it is him.
One of his biggest rivals for the Masters crown is world number one Jason Day. When he is fully fit, Day is a supreme talent and the Australian could be the man to beat if he brings his A-game to Augusta. At the time of writing, Coral, one of the sports betting giants in the UK, are offering 8/1 on Day to finally get his hands on the Masters title – and plenty of punters will be tempted by the Aussie after his incredible year.
If Spieth can regain his 2015 form, nobody will catch him; he was unbeatable that year. With the likes of Day, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson pushing for supremacy at the top of the world rankings, Spieth will come under intense pressure.
But with his experience and nous of the Augusta National course, the two-time Masters champion could be receiving a third Green Jacket if he gets a good round in early on in the competition…
He has good memories of Harding Park and is hoping he can be in contention for a second major title.
The American pair opened strongly on Sunday to eke out a gap on the chasing pack.
DeChambeau’s physical transformation has been the main talking point since golf’s return to action following the coronavirus shutdown.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.