GamblingFebruary 14, 2017

Jordan Spieth is the clear favorite to win the Masters -- but not to win a major in 2017

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Harry How

Jordan Spieth began his week at Pebble Beach as the odds-on choice to win the Masters. He left with his 9th PGA Tour trophy and as the overwhelming favorite to win at Augusta National in a couple months.

Spieth's Official World Golf Ranking didn't change following his four-shot victory at the AT&T, but Westgate Las Vegas Superbook slashed the World No. 6's odds of winning 2017's first major to 6/1 from 8/1. Meanwhile, the odds for the next four players -- Jason Day (10/1), Rory McIlroy (10/1), Dustin Johnson (12/1) and Hideki Matsuyama (12/1) stayed the same.

Spieth couldn't finish off a second consecutive Masters win last year, but he has a win and two runner-ups in three career appearances at Augusta National. He's also held the lead there for seven of the last eight rounds and shares the tournament's 72-hole scoring record with Tiger Woods.

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What's interesting, though, is that Spieth is not the favorite to win any of golf's four major championships in 2017. That honor (for now) is shared by World No. 1 Jason Day and four-time major champ Rory McIlroy at 8/5 odds. Dustin Johnson (7/4) comes next, followed by Spieth at 2/1.

The red-hot Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas, who have combined to win five PGA Tour titles already this season, are 5/2 and 6/1, respectively.

Tiger Woods is still 10/1 to win a major this year despite his plummeting Masters odds. Woods began 2017 at 20/1 to win a fifth green jacket, but fell to 50/1 following his WD in Dubai last week. Upon his announcement that he was also pulling out of this week's Genesis Open and next week's Honda Classic, Woods is now a 100-to-1 long shot.

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