Wed, Jul 27, 8:10am by Staff Writer
PGA Tour broadcaster Luke Elvy caused quite the stir on July 19th by posting a photograph which depicted one of the more astounding golf wagers in recent memory.
Elvy’s tweet, and the terms of the improbable winning multi-bet, can be seen below:
— Luke Elvy (@Luke_Elvy) July 19, 2016
For those unfamiliar with golf punting jargon, this ticket shows a $50 multi-bet (parlay for American readers) on Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson to win the British Open and American-Australian pro Aaron Baddeley to take the title at the lower-level Barbasol Championship event.
Although accomplished golfers in their own right, both Stenson and Baddeley were decided underdogs to win their respective events. Stenson had never claimed victory at one of golf’s four Major tournaments, while Baddeley hadn’t reached the winner’s circle in any event in more than five years.
Accordingly, the odds were long against both players heading into the first day of play on Thursday, July 14th – with Stenson pegged at $34 and Baddeley a $51 underdog.
Of course, Elvy wouldn’t have posted the ticket unless something miraculous occurred – and it did.
Stenson outdueled golf legend Phil Mickelson to claim the Claret Jug, while Baddeley erased an early 11-stroke deficit to put himself in a sudden death playoff, which he prevailed in over Si Woo Kim in four holes.
As a result, the anonymous holder of the multi-bet ticket earned $86,700 for the well-timed wager.
Asked by a follower if the ticket was his own, Elvy responded cryptically by saying only that it belonged to a “renowned golf punter in Australia.”
Even considering the long odds against, the multi-bet win was made even more incredible by the almost cinematic circumstances surrounding each golfer’s final round.
Following a record-tying opening round of 63 by Mickelson, matching the lowest round ever played in a Major event, Stenson persevered to carry a narrow one-stroke lead into the climactic final round. With both players in arm’s reach of a historic, and extremely lucrative Major victory, Stenson and Mickelson proceeded to put on a show for the ages.
Stenson wound up posting his own record-tying round of 63, making 10 birdies in 18 holes to put the pressure on Mickelson. The American responded in kind, shooting a bogey-free, six-under final round of 65. In the end though, Stenson’s stellar play was simply too much for Mickelson to overcome, and he faded to lose the tournament by three strokes.
Baddeley, meanwhile, fought off the nerves which come with a five-year winless streak to force a sudden death playoff. At one point in the tournament Baddeley trailed the leader by 11 strokes, but he played his way back into contention, before outlasting Kim in a tightly contested playoff which lasted four holes.
In addition to winning his first Major title, Stenson pocketed AUD$1,997,642.82 in prize money, while Baddeley collected AUD$839,009 for his long-awaited return to the podium.
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