Jeremy Freeborns Golf PGA Report

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It is now clear that Jordan Spieth is back and should be considered a serious threat to win his second Masters in three years. Last week in Pebble Beach, Spieth comfortably beat the rest of the field as he had a four round score of -19. The nearest competitor was Kelly Kraft of Denton, Texas, who finished at -15.

Spieth is now the favourite to win the Masters. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook now has the two-time major winner as a 6-1 favourite, and the only golfer with single digit odds.

However five golfers ever have won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am (previously known as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am) and the Masters in the same year. The list includes Cary Middlecoff (1955), Art Wall Jr. (1959), George Archer (1969), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tom Watson (1977).

Spieth received some criticism for his inconsistent play in 2016. However if you analyze his numbers, they were quite respectable. They included wins at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the spectacular Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort in Maui and at the Dean and Deluca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. Spieth also had five other top ten finishes and only missed the cut twice—at the Northern Trust Open (event that Mike Weir has won twice) and the Players Championship.

There is no question that Spieth had a magnificent 2015. He not only won the Masters and U.S. Open, but had three other victories and 11 top-10 finishes. However it should be noted that Spieth actually missed the cut four times (two more times than in 2016), and by missing the cut, it hurts you significantly in fantasy golf.

So far in 2017, Spieth has had a fantastic start. In the four events to start the year, he has two third place finishes and a ninth place finish to go along with his win last week in northern California. Spieth has moved up into third place in the FedEx Cup Standings (only behind Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Justin Thomas of Louisville, Kentucky), sixth in the World Golf Rankings and third on the PGA Tour money list.

This week Spieth is playing at the Genesis Open (previously known as the Los Angeles Open, Northern Trust Open and Nissan Open). He once again should be chosen in your fantasy golf pool. Others I like this week are Matsuyama, American Brendan Steele and South Korea’s Byeong-Hun An.

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