Masters Odds: Spieth's Hot Start Moves Him Past Im For Most Backed

Sung-Jae Im was the most backed golfer for the 2021 Masters, then Jordan Spieth went low to start the Valero Texas Open and surpassed him
Kyle Newman
Thu, April 1, 9:46 AM EDT

Masters Odds: Spieth's Hot Start Moves Him Past Im As Most Backed

Heading into today Sung-Jae Im was the bettors’ favorite. After a strong start at the Valero Texas Open, bettors have quickly jumped on the Jordan Spieth train. Im has fallen to the second favorite, while Spieth has skyrocketed up to the top spot.

Spieth has received a massive 8.7% of the bets placed on The Masters’ winner over the last 24 hours. Spieth’s share of the bets has doubled since just this morning. That’s what being in first place at the Texas Open will do for a golfer.

Spieth is currently +1400 odds, fifth best, or an implied 6.7% chance of taking home the green jacket. Spieth has won The Masters before, back in 2015. He’s also a two-time runner up, and finished third in 2018. However, he’s struggled the past two years at the event, finishing in 21st in 2019 and 46th in 2020.

Over the last 24 hours, 5.8% of bets have been placed on Sung-Jae Im. A longshot to win The Masters according to oddsmakers, he’s given +4000 odds, T14th on the market. Those odds equate to just a 2.4% chance for Im to win his first major. Im did finish as the runner up at the Masters in 2020.

The Spieth versus Im debate is a classic one. Do you bet on the guy who’s hot now or the guy with the recent track record of success? Spieth hasn’t performed well at The Masters in years, but he looks really good now. He could have all the momentum heading into The Masters and he has a track record of success, even if it was a while ago.

Meanwhile, Im hasn’t had the best 2021, but he was so close to winning the Masters in 2020. Could Im pull it off given another chance? Usually the guy with the momentum tends to be the better bet, but at the end of the day an event like The Masters is a different animal than any other event

2021 Masters Odds

Golfer Odds Implied Probability
Dustin Johnson +800 11.1%
Bryson DeChambeau +1000 9.1%
Justin Thomas +1100 8.3%
Jon Rahm +1200 7.7%
Jordan Spieth +1400 6.7%
Rory McIlroy +1600 5.9%
Patrick Cantlay +2200 4.3%
Xander Schauffele +2200 4.3%
Brooks Koepka +2500 3.8%
Collin Morikawa +3000 3.2%
Tony Finau +3000 3.2%
Patrick Reed +3300 2.9%
Viktor Hovland +3300 2.9%
Sung-Jae Im +4000 2.4%
Daniel Berger +4000 2.4%
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