One lucky punter took his seat in the Punting Hall of Fame this morning courtesy of a monster transatlantic bet in the golf.
The online punter correctly called Patrick Reed to win the Humana Challenge in California at 100/1 and Pablo Larrazabal to win the Abu Dhabi Championship, another 100/1 shot.
Nathan Wong’s £1 each way double returned a whopping £10,877 and makes him the latest entrant to the Hall of Fame. It’s tough enough to pick out one 100/1 winner in the golf, but picking two is pretty incredible. Stunning punting.
‘It was Paddy’s offer of paying out six places that encouraged me to bet’, said Nathan, but the boss probably wasn’t expecting to be stung for nearly £11k.
The PGA Tour part of the bet was won on Sunday evening after Patrick Reed carded three consecutive rounds of nine-under-par to set a tournament record over 54 holes. He had a seven-shot advantage going into the final round on Sunday and a one-under round of 71 was enough to secure a wire-to-wire victory despite a number of challengers closing in.
It makes Reed only the third man – along with Rory McIlroy and Harris English – to have multiple PGA Tour wins before they turn 25.
The European Tour event in Abu Dhabi also gave this punter a sweat. Pablo Larrazabal was three shots off the lead going into the final round and Phil Mickelson appeared in command with eight holes remaining.
A triple-bogey from the Open Champion gave the chasing pack a chance and a five-under final round of 67 secured victory for the Spaniard.
‘There’s a saying me and my Dad always say when we are watching the golf’, Nathan told us. ‘Good old Phil’.
Nailing the double sounds simple when you put it like that.