A Seventy Dollar Bet on the Open Championship wins $32,000
A seventy dollar bet pays off big for a bettor on the Open Championship
Ernie wins and bettor cashes in
Adam Scott seemed to have it all wrapped up as he approached the tee box at the fifteenth hole of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham-St. Anne's. With four holes left he had a four-shot lead over Ernie Els, and he had been playing virtually flawless golf for the entire tournament, hitting drive after drive into the middle of the fairways, sticking his iron shots on the middle of the green and walking away with par after easy par.
At that point an unknown bettor placed a bet on a gambling web site that accepts wagers during play. He plunked down 70 dollars and wagered that Ernie Els would win the tournament. The odds on his winning the bet were placed at 469 to 1.
Scott drove in the rough on hole number fifteen and made bogey. His lead was now three. When he bogeyed number sixteen and Ernie rolled in a fifteen foot putt up at eighteen for a birdie, Scott's lead suddenly was down to one. After bogeying seventeen, Scott found himself in a tie. On the final hole Adam drove into a bunker, had to hit the ball sideways to escape, then forged a lovely iron shot to within twelve feet of the pin. His put rolled just to the left of the hole, suddenly Ernie Els was the Open champion, and the anonymous bettor won $32,830.
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