Scott's Open collapse nets one bettor $33K
According to betting website WagerMinds.com, one bettor netted more than $30,000 by simply banking on Els at a time when most people (and perhaps even Els himself) had counted the South African out.
With four holes to go in Sunday’s final round of The Open Championships, Scott led Els by four strokes and seemed to be well on his way to victory. That’s when the unidentified bettor plunked down $70 wagering that the 2002 Open Champion, who was at the time listed at 469-to-1 odds, would still end up holding the Claret Jug for the second time.
Roughly an hour later, Scott completed one of the toughest collapses in Open history, giving Els the victory and the $1.452 million winner’s check – and netting the brazen bettor a haul of $32,830 on his $70 investment.
This wasn’t the first time that a bold bet on the British paid off, either; in early-2011, one man placed a $300 futures bet on Darren Clarke to win the tournament, and cashed in more than $37k when the Northern Ireland native topped the field at Royal St. George’s last July.
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