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The incredible Ryder Cup long shot that turned $8 into a million

The incredible Ryder Cup long shot that turned $8 into a million

One American golf fan enjoyed his country's Ryder Cup victory more than most
 

We like a little flutter here at NCG HQ. (Emphasis on “little” – we’re very sensible and we hope you are too.)

Every now and then someone goes viral for winning a crazy accumulator and it turns out the Ryder Cup is no different.

One punter, according to the PGA Tour’s betting hub Golf Bet, won almost a million dollars by predicting the outcome of the 12 singles matches on Sunday.

The acca – or parlay, as our friends across the pond call it – needed wins from Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler for the Americans, as well as Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood for the visiting team.

It also needed the match-ups between Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland as well as Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood to end in a tie.

Well, as you know, that all came in.

The bet was placed for $8 – a little more than £5 – and returned $966,290, which is roughly £715,000.

Imagine how this bettor was feeling as Daniel Berger and Matt Fitzpatrick – the only two players left on the course at Whistling Straits – came down the 18th all-square, only for the Englishman to fat his approach into the water.

Wild stuff.

Anyway, remember folks, please gamble responsibly.

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Alex Perry

Alex Perry

Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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