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The best gambling story of The Open is this wager on Tommy Fleetwood

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You’ve probably heard quite enough about Southport native Tommy Fleetwood trying to win the British Open at the course he snuck on to play with his father as a child.

But the better Tommy Fleetwood story this week might be this item from The Southport Champion.

A gentleman by the name of John Murray saw Fleetwood in action some 15 years ago, and he apparently really liked what he saw.

Murray decided he wanted to place a bet on Fleetwood. What kind of a bet? That the Englishman would win “an open championship on the PGA Tour” by 2017. Bookmaker William Hill offered him 66-1 odds.

Not exactly a great bet in light of Gerry McIlroy’s famed 500-1 wager on his own prodigious son, most punters would argue, regardless, that was the bet.

Here’s where things get a bit tricky. While most would interpret “an open championship on the PGA Tour” to mean either the British Open of the U.S. Open, Murray has a different interpretation. He thinks any open championship that a PGA Tour golfer is eligible to enter should count. And by this logic, Fleetwood’s French Open win should net Murray £33,000, or so he thinks.

William Hill, of course, isn’t of the same mind. Murray has retained a lawyer in hopes of pocketing the princely sum.

“Mr. Murray has since presented his bet to William Hill who have refused to settle the bet,” Murray’s lawyer said. “They argue that the bet was in respect of The Open Championship and and not any other. Mr. Murray argues that winning ‘an open golf championship’ referred to Mr. Fleetwood attaining first place in any championship which was open to all pro golfers on the PGA Tour.”

Unfortunately for Murray, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service has sided with William Hill.

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  1. Bob Prytherch

    Jul 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    As they would, money talks.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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