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A Lot Of People Lost A Hell Of A Lot Of Money Betting On Jordan Spieth Last Night

A Lot Of People Lost A Hell Of A Lot Of Money Betting On Jordan Spieth Last Night

Heading into the back nine at Augusta last night, Jordan Spieth's quest to retain the Green Jacket resembled less a competition and more a procession.

Spieth was five shots clear of the pack as he stepped up to tee off on the tenth only to hit consecutive bogeys before finding the water twice as part of a stunning, quadruple-bogey collapse on the twelfth that saw him drop out of contention. Spieth's torment at the twelfth will go down as one of the great Masters' collapse, a failure accentuated further by the fact that Spieth looked unflappable previously, having spent seven consecutive rounds at the top of the Augusta leaderboard.

So fancied was Spieth to reel off the back nine and win the title, that an astonishing amount of money was wagered on Spieth before his collapse:

With odds that short, the wager would have had to have been massive to yield a substantial return.

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On the flip side, some people did in fact back Danny Willett. Going into the final day, he was available at a generous 25/1:

Backing Willett at 25-1 on the final day is one thing, but if you were to back Willett before start of play on Thursday, you would have had a much bigger payday, with odds ranging from 60/1 to 85s:

We are perfectly happy to allow those who backed Willett for a maiden Green Jacket on Thursday bask in smugness this morning, as this Balls.ie scribe was ready to do the same as Spieth drifted from 1/10 on to 10/1 after the quadruple bogey on 12. Spieth followed up with two birdies to put himself back in contention:

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It ultimately didn't happen for Spieth, and he will join Greg Norman in the perverse pantheon of Masters chokers. Sometimes sport can make fools of us all. Some of us, however, are simply fools to begin with.

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