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Best bets in Major Championship history

May 21, 2014

Betting on golf is always quite a challenging pastime, especially at present with Tiger Woods out of the equation, it has however at least brought up a number of interesting thoughts. Over the past 15 years Tiger has been often been as near as likely to be a "dead cert" but after his 2009 fire hydrant incident and the unraveling of his personal life its opened up the golfing world to many of his rivals, which for punters then makes things rather more uncertain. But even before that there would have been some fantastic opportunities to place a best bet on the outcome of a major championship. There have been some incredible opportunities in recent years.

1999 Open Championship - Paul Lawrie

Frenchman Van de Velde had the tournament at his mercy as he stood on the tee at the 18th with a three-shot lead and yet somehow managed to contrive to triple bogey the hole, and then lose in a play off against Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie. What a bet that would have been, the Scotsman winning after being an incredible ten shots back at the beginning of play in one of the most unlikely of Open Championship victories.

2003 Open Championship - Ben Curtis

American rookie Ben Curtis produced one of the biggest surprises in major championship history winning the 132nd British Open by a stroke from Dane Thomas Bjorn and Fiji's Vijay Singh. Curtis, a 300-1 outsider at the start of the tournament and a 40-1 bet going into the final round, fired a closing two-under-par 69 to finish at one-under 283. Quite probably the longest odds of any winner of the Open Championship in history.

2004 Open Championship - Todd Hamilton

Just a year later American outsider Todd Hamilton held off the challenge of some of the game's biggest names before beating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff for the 133rd British Open. Hamilton who wasn't even in the World Top 50 at the time, was a complete surprise to snatch the title from a star studded leaderboard.

2009 PGA Championship - YE Yang

YE Yang shook his fists and shouted with joy over a victory felt around the world. Equally stunning was the sight of Tiger Woods, standing over the final putt of the PGA Championship with nothing at stake. The final major of the year delivered a pair of shocking developments. Woods was 14-0 when he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round of a major. He had never lost any tournament on American soil when leading by more than one shot. What odds, Yang himself the night before the final round offered odds against himself of 70-1, other punters thought more like 200-1. I wish I had taken them up on that bet!

These have been the best bets that you could have placed in recent times in golfing major championships but to find some truly best bets in the history of sports take a look at this blog post which highlights some extraordinary long odds that paid off!

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