Jordan Spieth tabbed as U.S. Open favorite

ByDavid Purdum via ESPN logo
Monday, April 11, 2016
ESPN

Despite his Masters meltdown, Jordan Spieth is the U.S. Open favorite.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Spieth as the favorite at 7-1 to win the U.S. Open, which tees off in June at Oakmont Country Club. Spieth is the defending U.S. Open champion.

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are each 8-1 and are the only other golfers to have single-digit odds.

When Spieth headed to the back nine Sunday with a 5-shot lead, he was a giant minus-2,500 favorite at the SuperBook to win his second straight green jacket. But he followed back-to-back bogeys with a quadruple bogey on No. 12 and finished in a tie for second behind championDanny Willett. More money was bet on Spieth to win the Masters than any other golfer at the SuperBook.

Willett opened at 30-1 to win the U.S. Open. The first-time major winner was a 150-1 long shot to win the Masters to start the year and entered the tournament at 50-1. When he was down five to Spieth on the back nine, Willett was a 14-1 underdog in live wagering at William Hill's sportsbook in the United Kingdom.

The SuperBook took 62 bets on Willett to win the Masters, and William Hill's Nevada sportsbook took a $100 bet on the Brit in February at 150-1 odds.

Dustin Johnson, who finished in a tie for fourth at the Masters, opened at 15-1 for the U.S. Open, followed by Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Justin Rose, each at 20-1. Phil Mickelson is 30-1, and Tiger Woods is listed at 100-1.

The U.S. Open begins June 16 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

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