2018 British Open: How Will Jordan Spieth Fare Defending His Title?

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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jordan Spieth

For analysis of the top 90 golfers in the British Open field, check out this page. "Best odds value" and "Best matchup value" listed below are determined by a proprietary model built by Colin Davy. It factors in the course, plus a variety of weighted metrics and the betting odds. This isn't meant to imply every player is worth a bet; we're simply showing the most efficient way to wager on each golfer should you so choose.

Jordan Spieth's British Open Odds

DFS Pricing: $10,600 DraftKings, $11,100 FanDuel

British Open History (2013-17): T-44, T-36, T-4, T-30, WIN

Odds: +2000 to win, +160 top-10 finish, -110 top-20 finish, -450 to make cut, +300 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: -110 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: Spieth (-110) over Tiger Woods

Tee Times: 4:58 a.m. ET (Thursday); 9:59 a.m. ET (Friday)

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The Outlook

Spieth has excellent history at the British Open. He has yet to miss a cut at this event in his five appearances, and, of course, he won the dang thing last year. The dilemma with Spieth is his long-term form looks great, but he’s been mediocre recently. Over the past 75 weeks, he has hit 68.9% of GIR, and his 68.3 Long-Term Adjusted Round Score is sixth best in the world. Additionally, his -2.2 average adjusted strokes on par 4s is the second-best mark in the field. All that said, in his last six tournaments, he’s finished outside the top 30 in three of them, while missing the cut in two others. Spieth can definitely defend his title, but he’ll need his putter to start clicking, as he ranks 173rd in Strokes Gained: Putting this year.

The Metrics

Here's how Spieth ranks in the British Open field in several key metrics. For many more, be sure to check out the FantasyLabs PGA Models.

  • Long-Term Adjusted Round Score: 6th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-55th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 13th
  • Long-Term Greens in Regulation: T-19th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 19th
  • Long-Term Putts Per Round: T-24th

Want more British Open coverage? Check out this page for tips on the 90 best golfers in the field.

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