Feats vs. Form: Bettors Are Backing A Struggling Jordan Spieth To Win The Masters This Year

Posted By FairwayJay on April 9, 2019 - Last Updated on April 25, 2019

The Masters at Augusta National is a picture of perfection. Manicured fairways, lush green landscape and magical moments and memories surround the first major championship of the season.

For years, Jordan Spieth has flirted with perfection at Augusta himself. Last year, Spieth finished third (-13) behind Rickie Fowler (-14) and eventual champion Patrick Reed (-15), who held off the two young stars as a 40-1 longshot before the tournament.

In five career starts at The Masters working back from 2018, Spieth has finished 3rd, 11th, 2nd, 1st and 2nd.

And heading into this week’s tournament, Spieth is taking the most money to win The Masters at DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey. Despite his total ticket count being less than Tiger Woods, Fowler and Rory McIlroy, Spieth is a popular choice with a record at Augusta that includes a green jacket in 2015. As of Monday afternoon, 20% of the money was on Spieth to win The Masters outright at DraftKings.

GolferDraftKings OddsBets By MoneyBets By Ticket
Jordan Spieth+220020%5%
Tiger Woods+140012%7%
Rickie Fowler+18006%6%
Rory McIlroy+7006%6%
Brooks Koepka+28006%5%

So … why is this a story?

Spieth is playing poorly in 2019. He’s arguably in the biggest slump of his young career.

Spieth has missed three cuts in his last 10 starts, and his best finish in a stroke play event this season came last week at the Texas Open (30th place). His World Golf Ranking is all the way down to No. 33.

He ranks 170th in the FedEx Cup standings this season, and his poor stats support his struggles on the course. Spieth is 212th in driving accuracy, hitting just 47% of fairways, and 175th in Greens in Regulation (63.89%). When entering the 2018 Masters, Spieth was top-10 in scrambling. But in 2019, Spieth is struggling around the greens, ranking 197th in scrambling from inside 10 yards (73.53%) and 113th from 10-20 yards (64.38%). His putting is holding him back again, especially from inside 10 feet.

Spieth’s biggest edges over the field have virtually vanished.

We’ve seen this from Spieth before

Spieth also entered the 2018 Masters in sub-par form, and his putting was off and flat like his game early in the season. He missed the cut in two of seven events and picked up his first top-eight finish when third at the Houston Open a week before the Masters.

Yet when he started his first round at Augusta, Spieth was quickly mastering the course again. For the third time in his career, Spieth was the first round leader at the Masters in 2018 after shooting a 66. He made five consecutive birdies on holes 13-17.

By Sunday, Spieth was nine strokes behind leader and ultimate Masters champion Patrick Reed. But he fired an incredible eight-under 64 to vault up the leaderboard and finish third at 13-under par.

Jordan Spieth is 39 under par in 20 rounds at the Masters over five years. That’s the best under par total and average score per round of all players in the 2019 field.

But Spieth will need to find his form quickly if he plans on contending on a course he’s been most dominant over the last five years.

Compare Spieth’s odds to win the 2019 Masters at some of the sportsbooks in New Jersey below.

The Masters Winner

Odds Updated 4/11

Rory McIllroy
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+700
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+650
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Dustin Johnson
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+900
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+1100
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Justin Rose
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+1200
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+1200
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Tiger Woods
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+1400
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+1600
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Jon Rahm
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+1400
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Justin Thomas
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+1600
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+2000
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Rickie Fowler
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+1600
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+2000
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Jason Day
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+2000
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+3300
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Jordan Spieth
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+2200
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+1600
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Francesco Molinari
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+2200
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+2200
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Paul Casey
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+2500
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+2800
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Tommy Fleetwood
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+2500
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+3000
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Brooks Koepka
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+2500
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+3000
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Hideki Matsuyama
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+2800
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+3300
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Bryson DeChambeau
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+3300
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+3000
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Tony Finau
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+3300
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+4000
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Matt Kuchar
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+3300
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+4500
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Sergio Garcia
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+3300
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+6000
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Bubba Watson
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+3500
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+3300
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Adam Scott
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+4000
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Phil Mickelson
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+4000
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+3600
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Xander Schauffele
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+4000
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Patrick Cantlay
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+4000
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+8000
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Marc Leishman
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+4500
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+4000
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Louis Oosthuizen
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+5000
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+4000
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Gary Woodland
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+5000
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+10000
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Webb Simpson
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+5000
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+7500
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Patrick Reed
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+6000
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+7000
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Henrik Stenson
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+6600
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+6000
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Kevin Kisner
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+6600
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+7000
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Ian Poulter
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+7000
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+12000
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Charley Hoffman
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+8000
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+10000
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Charles Howell
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+8000
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+17000
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Rafa Cabrera-Bello
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+8000
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+15000
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Cameron Smith
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+9000
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+12000
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