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Spieth Favored on the Genesis Open Odds

Fresh off his first PGA Tour victory of the 2017 season last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Jordan Spieth has emerged as a +700 favorite to make it two tournament wins in a row this weekend at the Genesis Open.

Spieth claimed possession of third place in the FedExCup standings after shooting a -19 at Pebble Beach last weekend, putting him four strokes ahead of second place Kelly Kraft. The win also marked Spieth’s first victory in his past 14 tour appearances ahead of Genesis Open first-round action Thursday morning at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

The 2015 PGA Tour leading money winner struggled down the stretch last season, finishing in the Top 10 just three times in his final nine tournament appearances. However, he has looked much stronger in the early going this season, finishing no worse than ninth in five appearances, including a pair of third-place performances.

The 23-year-old Texan has plenty of company atop the Genesis Open odds, with defending U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson closely trailing at +800.

Johnson is off to an uneven start this season, recording a pair of third-place finishes including last week at Pebble Beach, where he sat five strokes back of Spieth. But Johnson had to settle for a share of 35th place at the WGC-HSBC Champions and missed the cut three weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open.

 

Matsuyama Just Back of Leaders on Odds

Conversely, it has been a breakthrough start for Hideki Matsuyama, who has three wins so far this season to go along with a pair of second-place finishes, and rounds out the front of the pack on the Genesis Open betting lines with +1000 odds.

Matsuyama’s latest win came in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this month, which fueled his ascent to No. 5 on the world golf rankings. However, he finished a disappointing 11th in Pacific Palisades last season.

Jason Day, the top-ranked golfer in the world, bounced back from missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open to claim fifth place at Pebble Beach last weekend, and enters the Genesis Open sporting +1200 odds, well ahead of Adam Scott, who is pegged at +2500 after finishing third at this event last year.

Sergio Garcia at +2200, is followed by Justin Thomas at -2500 and Justin Rose at +3000. With two-time tournament champion Bubba Watson is currently at +3500.

Phil Mickelson is knotted with three rivals at +4000, including Brandt Snedeker, JB Holmes, and Paul Casey, while Patrick Reed follows at +4500. Next is Brooks Koepka at +5000 and Brendan Steele at +6000. There are five golfers who each sport +6600 odds to win the tournament this week, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas, Marc Leishman, Keegan Bradley and Ryan Moore.

 

*Odds as of February 15, 2017

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