Spieth, DeChambeau trail leader Johnson on Masters odds

Dustin Johnson watches his shot from the 10th fairway during the final round of the Workday Championship golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Bradenton, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

Fresh off his impressive victory at this past weekend's Valero Texas Open, Jordan Spieth has emerged as a strong +1100 wager to claim his second career green jacket on the odds to win the Masters for this week at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Spieth ended a near four-year drought on the PGA Tour with that victory, and has now finished among the top ten in five of seven outings going into first-round action on Thursday morning at the 2021 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

The 27-year-old native of Texas had been a consistent presence at or near the top of the Masters leaderboard, finishing among the top three at Augusta on four occasions, including his lone victory in 2015. However, Spieth still has work to do to regain that form after failing to crack the top 20 in each of his past two Masters appearances.

Defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson continues to lead the way as the countdown to this year's tournament continues. The world's top-ranked golfer sits as a +900 favourite at betting sites to become the first golfer to claim consecutive wins at Augusta since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat in 2002. However, Johnson has produced mixed results since his Masters victory last November, recording just one top-ten finish in five outings.

A top-three finisher in each of his past two stroke-play tournament appearances on the PGA Tour, including a victory at last month's Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bryson DeChambeau sits alongside Spieth at +1100 odds. Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas round out the front of the pack at +1200 odds, while Rory McIlroy sits just off the pace at +1800 odds.

DeChambeau enjoyed a breakthrough in major tournament action in 2020, following up a steady fourth-place performance at the PGA Championship with his first career major tournament win at the US Open. However, DeChambeau has yet to enjoy a similar breakthrough at Augusta. His best career outing at the Masters came in 2016, when he claimed low amateur honours with a 21st-place performance.

Rahm aims to take the next step at this year's Masters after cracking the top ten in each of his past three visits to Augusta. The Spaniard has been a model of consistency this season, with seven of his last nine tour appearances ending with finishes among the top ten. However, the current No. 2 player on the World Golf Rankings has failed to earn a win so far this season.

Elsewhere on the golf odds for Augusta this week, reigning PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa lags at +3300 on the betting lines, while Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes lead all Canadians sporting +10000 and +25000 odds, respectively.

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