Valero Texas Open Market Report: Jordan Spieth Attracting Attention Following Dustin Johnson’s Withdrawal
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Is there a more popular golfer than an in-form Jordan Spieth? It doesn’t seem like it according to the betting market.
Spieth continues to attract bets and money at sportsbooks whenever he enters a tournament, and he’s the most popular play at this week’s Valero Texas Open.
With Dustin Johnson a late scratch from the field, Spieth took over as the betting favorite, and gamblers aren’t afraid to take the short number.
At +1200, Spieth leads both BetMGM and PointsBet in total wagers and total dollars bet to win outright. He’s taken 16% of the handle at PointsBet and 14% at BetMGM.
No one else has a double-digit percentage at BetMGM, and only Abraham Ancer (+2000) has a double-digit handle at PointsBet, but the fellow Texas native (Spieth is from Dallas) is the second-most popular player at both books.
Ancer has two top-five finishes this season but is still looking for his first career PGA Tour victory. Spieth hasn’t won since the 2017 Open Championship, but he’s picked up three top-five finishes not including his top 10 at last week’s Match Play event.
Ryan Palmer (+2800), Tony Finau (+1500) and Scottie Scheffler (+1600) are three other popular plays at both sportsbooks, filling out the remaining spots in the top-five for bets placed to win. Scheffler finished runner-up at the WGC Match Play to Billy Horschel last week and is also from Texas.
The tournament was not played in 2020 due to the pandemic, which makes 2019 winner Corey Conners the defending champion. He’s seeing some love from bettors, ranking in the top 10 in bets.
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