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The first major of the season has gone relatively well for Jordan Spieth, who looks nicely poised to attack the leaders on Day Three following two steady opening rounds at the 2023 Masters.
Sure, the 2015 Masters champ hasn’t come firing out of the blocks as the likes of Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka have and he does have some ground to make up on those guys, but at -5 after rounds of 69 and 70, the three-time major champion looks in good shape.
Jordan Spieth Masters Odds (after round two)
We’re talking about a previous Masters winner here and a player who came into the tournament having really found his feet over the last few months, so it’s not surprising that he’s still relatively well fancied in the outright betting.
Naturally, with Koepka sitting pretty at -12, there’s work for the Texan to do, but we know what he’s capable of, especially at Augusta National, so don’t be surprised if he lays down a challenge. Stranger things have certainly happened.
If you do fancy Spieth to come from behind and win the 2023 Master, then you can bet on him to do so at a best price of 22/1 with Paddy Power. As far as golf betting is concerned, he’s hardly a big outsider at this stage.
The market is obviously dominated by Koepka and Jon Rahm at this stage, both of whom have been shortened to very skinny prices, but there aren’t many firms willing to push Spieth out to a big price. BetVictor still rates the 29-year-old as an 18/1 shot, while most other firms, including Coral, bet365, William Hill and Skybet have him at either 20/1 or 22/1.
At this point, four places is as many as you’re going to get on each way bets, so if you are looking to steal some each-way money from Spieth securing a top-four spot come Sunday evening, then you won’t currently do better than the previously mentioned 22/1 on offer at Paddy’s, as they’re paying four places, not three.
Jordan Spieth Tee Times (after the cut on day two)
After guaranteeing himself a place at Augusta for the weekend, Jordan Spieth will now play as part of the customary two-balls. Thanks to the delay on the second day, which was followed by a suspension of play, many players had to finish their second rounds on Saturday. Fortunately, Spieth was not one of those players.
On Day Three, Jordan Spieth will tee off at 12:42 local time, which in the UK will be 17:42. He will be playing alongside fellow American Cameron Young.
Jordan Spieth is one of the big-name golfers to have avoided LIV Golf’s clutches. The three-time major winner turned down the opportunity to vastly grow his already sizable financial worth in favour of retaining his PGA Tour card.
So far, 2023 has gone relatively well for Spieth, who has taken part in nine events since the turn of the year. He kicked things off with a decent effort at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, finishing T13, before posting a few below-par efforts, though he bounced back in timely fashion to finish T6 at the WM Phoenix Open. That effort in the desert was followed by a cut at the Genesis, but the 13-time PGA Tour winner once again bounced back to post what was at the time a season-best effort to finish T4 at the Arnold Palmer.
Since that top-five finish, his first of the campaign, in Orlando, Spieth has played well at The Players, finishing T19, before really shifting through the gears at the Valspar Championship in Tampa, Florida, where the 29-year-old finished in a tie for third. Such form bodes well ahead of a return to a venue that the Texan is clearly fond of.
Has Jordan Spieth won the Masters?
As touched on above, Jordan Spieth claimed one of golf’s biggest prizes back in 2015, playing the field into submission in devastating fashion.
Not only has Spieth won the Masters before, but he’s gone close on several occasions. His win was sandwiched in between two second-place-finishes, while since 2018, he’s twice finished third, including in 2021.
Last season’s effort was out of character, as Spieth missed the cut for the first time ever at Augusta National, though we shouldn’t expect him to do the same thing two years in a row. After all, he arrives here having played much better golf than he did 12 months ago, so it’s far more likely that we’ll see the Jordan of old this time around.
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