Jordan Spieth is 7/1 to bounce back from his Masters collapse by winning the US Open but admits it will take time to get over his Augusta disappointment.
Four birdies in succession from the sixth gave Spieth a five-shot lead with nine holes to play as he chased a second successive Masters title, only for the world number two to drop shots on the 10th and 11th and run up a quadruple-bogey seven on the 12th.
The 22-year-old kept his hopes alive with birdies on the 13th and 15th, but a bogey on the 17th confirmed he would have to settle for a share of second place with Lee Westwood as Danny Willett claimed his first major title.
Spieth, who has now finished second, first and second in his three Masters appearances, said: “It's tough, really tough. We still have the confidence that we are a closing team, we can close. I have no doubt about that ability. It was just a very tough 30 minutes for me that I hopefully never experience again. Big picture, this one will hurt. It will take a while.”
Spieth is the second favourite to win the US Open at Oakmont behind Rory McIlroy, who leads the betting at 11/2 despite a disappointing weekend at Augusta.
McIlroy went into the third round of the Masters just a shot behind Spieth, but struggled to a 77 to fall five shots adrift, a deficit he never threatened to make up on Sunday.
Willett is 25/1 to follow up his first major title by winning again at Oakmont in June after becoming the first English winner of the Masters since 1996 and the first European since 1999.