Masters 2017: Dustin Johnson clear favourite after third win on the spin

DJ is the rightful favourite for this year's Masters
DJ is the rightful favourite for this year's Masters

Dustin Johnson's WGC Match Play victory has boosted him clear of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in the Masters betting, while red-hot Jon Rahm is also being backed for Augusta glory...

"Since his first major win at last year's US Open Johnson has won five tournaments and is on an utterly commanding run of form."

DJ wins third tournament in a row to go clear in the betting


Just one tournament stands between punters and The Masters and while the Shell Houston Open will undoubtedly influence betting on 2017's first major, there's little doubt that Dustin Johnson will go off favourite when play begins at Augusta on April 6.

The American's defeat of Jon Rahm in the final of the WGC Match Play was his third tournament win on the spin and that hot form has shot him clear of Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in the betting.

Previously locked in the market, DJ is now the 7.06/1 market leader with Spieth 8.88/1 edging clear of McIlroy 9.08/1.

Once considered by some as a choker, Johnson has cast off those negative views of his game and rightfully sits atop the world rankings. Since his first major win at last year's US Open he has won five tournaments and is on an utterly commanding run of form.


Debutant Rahm now fifth favourite

The money has also come for Rahm who now trades as joint fifth favourite alongside Jason Day. The 22-year-old Spaniard is playing his first full season on the PGA Tour but looks at home already.

A winner on his sixth start of the calendar year at the Farmers Insurance Open, he has kept the good play going with a tie for fifth place at Pebble Beach and tied third at this month's WGC event in Mexico. That fine form has boosted him to 14th in world rankings.

But the stats are against Rahm, who is playing his first Masters this year, the last debutant to win being Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

However, there is the look of a golfing phenomenon about Rahm and who could bet against him on current form? Rahm is third in the Shell Houston betting, and only Johnson and Spieth trade at shorter prices.


Can Big Phil win a fourth?

Phil Mickelson has played Augusta many times of course, and punters have moved for the veteran, making him 28.027/1 for the 2017 Masters, his lowest price yet.

The 46-year-old came into the WGC on the back of successive top 10s and confirmed that good play by making the quarter-finals having won all his group games. Mickelson is chasing a fourth Masters victory.


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