Jordan Spieth is showing why bookies are taking no chances with his odds for the Masters despite being winless for almost four years.
Four days out from the opening major of 2021 at Augusta National, Spieth will head into Sunday’s final round of the Texas Open in San Antonio sharing a two-shot lead with Englishman Matt Wallace.
Victory would provide the perfect lead up for the Masters – where the three-time major champion boasts a wonderful record – after knocking on the door for the past two months following a prolonged form slump.
His four top-10 finishes in his previous six tournaments were enough for bookies to already have 2015 champion Spieth on the third line of betting at the Masters behind only defending champion Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
Texas native Spieth and Wallace both fired five under 67s on Saturday to be 12-under after the third round of the Texas Open after the duelling duo both birdied the final two holes.
While not at his best as he seeks his first win since the 2017 British Open, Spieth was happy with the way he stayed in control of his game.
“I hit some really nice shots towards the end of the round, left the ball in the right spots when it was missed and really, I did a great job managing today,” he said.
“On the back, it was nice to see some putts go in within the group. It was a fun atmosphere out there.”
A win on Sunday would have Spieth’s restored confidence soaring for the Masters where he boasts to tied seconds and one third placing along with his 2015 win.
While Spieth is chasing a 12th US tour win, Wallace is seeking his first.
A four-time winner on the European Tour, Wallace is trying to earn full-time status in the US and has a great chance to secure it here.
“I felt nervous, but that’s a good thing because I haven’t been in this situation in a while,” Wallace said.
Charley Hoffman is third at 10-under after shooting a 65 while halfway leader Cameron Tringale (73) is next best at eight-under.
Cameron Davis, the only Australian playing the weekend, carded a one-over 73 to slide down to a share of 39th.