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Open Championship dead heat rules: Keep calm and collect your winnings on eight golfers

Paddy pays out on eight golfers as McIlroy lifts the Claret Jug

by Sean Goff | July 20, 2014

Rory McIlroy won his third Major when claiming the Open Championship this afternoon leaving Paddy reeling as one of the best-backed golfers of the tournament held his nerve to deliver his first Claret Jug.

Paddy was paying the first 7 places but with a couple of players finishing tied for second, fifth and seventh – a total of eight players will be putting money in your e-wallet this afternoon.

These are McIlroySergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler (tied 2nd), Jim Furyk (fourth) Marc Leishman and Adam Scott (tied fifth) and Charl Schwartzel and Edoardo Molinari (tied seventh).

And you don’t need Harry Redknapp’s maths to work out that if you backed Charl Schwartzel and Edoardo Molinari you will be settled on the dead-heat terms.

So here’s what’s going to happen:

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The dead heat rules (that apply to Schwartzel and Molinari) can be found here and state that your stake should be divided by the number of competitors involved in the dead-heat and then settled at the normal odds.

So in short,  if you’ve backed Rory McIlroy to win or each-way, you’re laughing as you’re getting paid out as normal. And if you backed any of Garcia, Fowler, Furyk, Leishman & Scott each-way, it’s exactly the same. Your biggest problem should be containing that smug smile as you wait for the cash to land in your account or the shops to open on Monday morning.

As Schwartzel and Molinari finished tied for the last place in our each-way terms (i.e. seventh), it’s only each way stakes on those players that get halved. Obviously the win part of the bet is a loser.

It may take a little longer for our Customer Service team to explain the dead heat rules so please be patient.

But if you’ve backed any of the eight golfers mentioned above – you’re still quids in.

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