How Rickie Fowler spoiled the greatest golf bet ever

Alex Myers discusses one man's brush with winning millions on golf's four major championships.

Released on 8/16/2017

Transcript

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So, Jordan Spieth wasn't able to pull off the career
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grand slam at the PGA Championship.
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But another Jordan almost achieved the calendar Grand Slam,
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of gambling that is.
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Meet Jordan Baker, who nearly pulled off
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the greatest golf bet of all time,
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what was literally a one in a million shot.
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Before the 2017 major season started,
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Baker placed a parlay wager in which he had
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Sergio Garcia winning the masters, check.
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Brooks Koepka winning the U.S. open, check.
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Justin Thomas winning the PGA Championship, check.
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And, Rickie Fowler winning the British Open.
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(sighs)
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If you're unfamiliar with what a parlay is,
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they're very popular bets because they offer huge payouts.
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Baker's bet of two pounds would have
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netted him two million pounds,
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or approximately 2.6 million dollars!
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(cha-ching)
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But to win a parlay, you have to
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get every part of the bet right.
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So despite correctly predicting three
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of golf's four major championships,
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Baker walked away without a dime!
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What a dagger!
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You know, Jordan, it's actually kind of
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funny when you think about it.
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The one pick you got wrong had the best odds of happening.
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By the time the British Opens started,
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Rickie Fowler was co-favorite with Jordan Spieth, who won!
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So you really just picked the wrong SB2K17 crew member!
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(laughs)
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So there's nothing funny about missing
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out on winning that much money,
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but don't take your anger out on me.
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I wasn't the one who killed your dreams.
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It was Rickie Fowler at Royal Birkdale with a bulky putter.
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But, Baker has an interesting suggestion
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for how Fowler can make it up to him.
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A round of golf at Augusta National.
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Sounds fair to me.
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And, Jordan, while you wait for your consolation prize,
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you mind sending me your major picks for next year?
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