We’ve all been there. It’s Thursday afternoon, around 3pm, and the golfer who is carrying your hopes, dreams and cash has just moved three-under through the first nine holes. Adrenalin kicks in, he’s on the birdie bus and you’re boarding the train to champagne-town. The papers are in the air, you’re running around the office shirtless giving it the two gun salute and the ‘Oi Oi’s’.
By the following Monday your selection has barely scraped a top 20 finish, you’ve done your dough and HR want to discuss some inappropriate office behavior.
Well we can’t do anything about your etiquette in the workplace, but now Paddy Power can help out your bank balance, by allowing you to cash in before the golf tournament is over. Happy days, especially with The Open conveniently around the corner.
Cash out on the golf – specifically on the outright betting (singles only), and the first, second and third round leaders – has been with us for a couple of weeks yet, but this is the first Major where you’ll be able to take your money and run before your player decides to come across all jelly-legs and bottles it on the final day.
Here are our top five cash outs we’ve seen so far, where punters have been shrewd enough to empty Paddy’s pockets despite backing a losing selection.
1. Bjorn to be wild
BMW PGA Championship – Outright Betting
Thomas Bjorn went into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship with a comfortable five-shot lead over the chasing pack. He was a 66/1 shot before the tournament began but punters on at lofty odds saw their man go as short as 1/8 on the final day. The Dane, not for the first time spectacularly collapsed, and Rory McIlroy was on hand to take advantage as Bjorn shot a three-over 75 in round four. Luckily these two punters got out at the right time.
- One Irish punter placed a €10 stake on Bjorn and won £412.43
- An English punter stuck £5 on the Dane and picked up £211.79 despite Bjorn’s dramatic collapse
2. No pain for Shane
BMW PGA Championship – Outright betting
While Bjorn was bottling it and McIlroy was getting over ditching his missus, Shane Lowry came tantalizingly close to snatching the prize. A 100/1 shot before the tournament began, Lowry was six shots behind Bjorn on Saturday night but carded a four-under 68 on the final day to finish on 13-under, just a shot behind Rory. For long periods of Sunday afternoon it looked like Lowry would win, but a couple of shrewdies made a nice little touch cashing out on big Shane.
- One Irish lad took home €504.70 after sticking €10 on Lowry before the tournament began
- Another punter on the Emerald Isle cashed in on more than €260 after just a €5 stake
3. Gold Russ
Players’ Championship – First Round Leader
Russell Henley might have finished 17th in the Players Championship, but a first round score of seven-under par almost gave him the lead on Thursday night, at odds as lofty as 125/1. Despite a double-bogey on the par-four seventh, Henley knocked in nine birdies to top the leaderboard in parts, before Martin Kaymer showed some typical German efficiency to card a nine-under 63. That didn’t stop one judge who made a tidy bit of profit.
- One punter staked €3 on Henley to lead after round one and won almost €350 despite Kaymer’s show of excellence late in the day
4. Great Scot
Arnold Palmer Invitational – Outright betting
One of the favourites for the Arnold Palmer Invitational was Aussie Adam Scott and everything looked good on Saturday night, as he sat 15-under-par. He should have gone wire-to-wire, but after five bogeys on Sunday and a birdie-less final 14 holes Scott dropped to third, completely out of touch with his putter. Matt Every swooped in to pinch the trophy, but he didn’t pinch all our punter’s proftits.
- One English punter cashed out almost £550 after staking £50 on Scott before the tournament teed off
5. This sh** is bananas
Quicken Loans National – Outright betting
Shawn Stefani was a 200/1 shot at the start of the Quicken Loans National , but he was as short as Even money on Sunday night after taking the lead on the 16th hole. A bogey at the next followed by a missed birdie on the last meant a play-off with Justin Rose however, putting some big punts in doubt. Stefani hit the drink and Rose two-putted for the win, but it wasn’t all crushing disappointment as one punter cleverly cashed out before squeaky-bum time.
- An Englishman cashed out a £15 stake on Stefani for just short of £320. Cha-ching.
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