Jordan Spieth on Dustin Johnson: 'He's the guy to beat no matter where you are'

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The Masters may be a tradition like any other, but it has been known to produce a surprise winner.

Last year, Danny Willett rose outof Jordan's Spieth's ashes to claim his first green jacket. Spieth collapsed Sunday on the back nine and Willett hit all the necessary shots to win while others — Dustin Johnson among them — faltered down the stretch.

This year, it appears Johnson and Spieth are the favorites to slip on a green jacket next week when the Masters concludes. Spieth, however, believes there is only one favorite in golf right now.

“I think Dustin Johnson is the guy to beat in golf no matter where you are. Put him anywhere, I think just about anybody would agree with that,” Spieth said, via golfchannel.com. “If I play my best golf, I believe that I can take down anybody, and you have to believe that. But I think that right now he is the guy that everyone is saying, ‘He’s playing the best golf in the world right now.’”

Johnson is currently the favorite to win at Augusta, accordingthe Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, who has the world's top-ranked golfer with a 5/1 odds.Spieth is next at 7/1, followed byRory McIlroyat 15/2.

After winning his last three PGA Tour starts, Johnson is nearly 3.8 points ahead of McIlroy atop the world rankings. Yet, Spieth remembers toppling Johnson at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in 2015 despite arguably getting outplayed.

“He (Johnson) knows which guys have taken him down and are capable of it, and he knows which guys are probably not going to be able to,” Spieth said. “Fortunately I feel like, you know, we can.”

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