Jordan Spieth is poised to become golf’s next superstar, and he showed why this weekend with a dominating performance to with the Masters.
Spieth was easily the best player at Augusta National over the four rounds of the tournament, putting together one of the most impressive performances in the history of the Masters on the way to his first ever major victory.
The 21-year-old Spieth shot an 18-under 270 to match the best ever final score in Masters history, tying the record set by Tiger Woods in 1997.
That was enough to win the tournament by four shots ahead of Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson.
Spieth became the second-youngest player ever to win the event (trailing only Woods by five months), and was the first player to lead after every round since Ray Floyd in 1976.
“This was arguably the greatest day of my life,” Spieth said after his win. “It’s incredible. It’s a dream come true.”
The victory will make Spieth the second-ranked golfer in the world, trailing only Rory McIlroy. The win was the continuation of an incredible run for Spieth, who has finished no worse than a tie for second in each of his last four events.
McIlroy, Spieth Dominated Betting Action
Heading into the Masters, the betting focused on golf’s two young superstars: the established McIlroy and the emerging Spieth. While Spieth nearly captured a Masters title last year, it was McIlroy who was listed as the favorite at most bookmakers.
At the Westgate SuperBook, McIlroy was listed at 6-1, while Spieth and last year’s Masters champion, Bubba Watson, were each offered at 10-1 odds.
However, Spieth was the player who was receiving the most interest from bettors, and at the MGM, Spieth was actually bet down to 5-1 odds, making him the favorite.
Once the tournament was underway, the in-tournament odds quickly shifted to Spieth given his dominant performance.
By the time the final round was set, Spieth was an overwhelming 1-3 favorite, while only Rose (9-2) and Mickelson (6-1) were given any realistic chance of overtaking him.
But anyone betting on a miraculous comeback or a Spieth collapse came up well short on Sunday, as the youngster showed poise in calming securing a Masters title.
Still, sportsbooks weren’t hit too badly by the Spieth win. Lots of money still comes in on Woods regardless of his form, and the public backing was joined by some sharper bets after reports that the four-time Masters champion was hitting extremely well in practice.
Woods certainly did better than expected in his first tournament after recovering from a back injury, finishing at five-under par, but he was never a major threat to win the tournament.
McIlroy Still Favored at US Open
Many commentators now believe that Spieth’s breakthrough will set up a rivalry between him and McIlroy that could last for many years, perhaps just in time to move the golf world beyond aging stars such as Woods and Mickelson.
It seems likely that the two men will be favorites in every tournament they play in going forward.
That’s already the case for the next major on the calendar: June’s US Open. Following the end of the Masters, the SuperBook made McIlroy the odds-on favorite once again, listing him at 6-1.
But Spieth is very close behind at 8-1, suggesting there is little to separate the two in the minds of oddsmakers at the moment. Tiger Woods is the third choice at 15-1, with many other prominent names offering 20-1 or 25-1 to win the tournament.