Another fantastic Nedbank Golf Challenge comes to an end and another back to back champion was crowned in the form of Lee Westwood. With a scintillating 62 on Saturday, Westwood was always going to coast home on the Sunday but the tournament was anything but a foregone conclusion for @SportBilly101 and I who were going head to head with a betting challenge on local betting site bet.co.za . Neither of us backed Westwood sadly, but our bets for the places had us on the edge of our seats all through Sunday rounding off four great days of sports viewing.
We both started the week on R1000, the challenge was to see who could then turn that into the highest amount after the four rounds of the tournament. We started off by picking our two favourites, from there we focused on betting on the daily pairings.
When it came to the daily pairs betting, I had the edge over my opponent, my bet of picking Dufner and McDowell to tie on round three in particular did the business paying with odds of 8/1. With neither of us picking Westwood the focus on the Saturday then shifted to the seniors where I had my money on the leader going into the final round, Bernhard Langer. SB had Calcavechia but I really thought the money was in the bank as the heat would surely favour the streamlined German over his rotund chasing competitors. But as luck would have it the Yank pipped my Krout by a single stroke putting SB ahead.
Onto the final day and again I had the better of the pairings, but the money was never going to be made there. With SB backing Karlsson and McDowell for the placings, I felt I had to raise the volume by taking a late punt on Dufner. As he eagled the normally difficult par 4 11th, I dropped a buffalo on him thinking he would take me over the finish line. Sadly this was not to be as the chunky sour faced American then went on to double bogey the 15th with Karlsson then powering home to 2nd place.
My strategy of picking the Germans and playing the percentages in the pairings didn’t go to plan. My final amount was still positive however ending up on R1147.60 from my base of R1000.
And @SportBilly101, well he ended up on R1247.00 from his base of R1000.
If I didn’t drop that last R100 on Dufner I would have won by 60c! Now that is entertainment.
I may have lost out this time, but I learned some rather valuable betting lessons during the tournament. But most importantly I learned how fun betting can be when you set the price and have someone to go head to head with. I look forward to doing the same with other tournaments in future. Well done @Sportbilly101 (cock) and thanks to bet.co.za for making this so easy and enjoyable.