Rory and the Danish pastry
Some gamblers betting on the winner of The Masters go with golfers riding a hot streak. Some back lefthanders, or strong putters, or players who have survived the back-nine crucible.
And some ... well, some pick more insane reasons.
Meet Rob Price, a UK college professor who decided to bet £1,000 on Rory McIlroy after he thought he saw the Northern Irish golfer's face in his Danish pastry. Yes, seriously. And if Rory wins at 11-1 odds, Price will win £11,000, having placed the bet with Betfair. Or enough to buy roughly 15,000 more tasty treats.
“It’s got to be a sign," Price said. "Rory’s face on a piece of food from his girlfriend’s (Caroline Wozniacki) home country. My mates have had a giggle and think I’m mad, but if I pocket £11,000, I’ll be the one laughing."
It's not the most ridiculous show of support, but given some of the surprise Major winners we've had over the last few years it's probably as good a way as any to pick a winner.
There's only one problem: the image in the pastry looks just as much like US PGA Champion Jason Dufner as it does McIlroy:Good job that Price didn't notice that resemblance: Dufner ran up the highest score of the opening day, a nine, on the 13th hole as he shot himself out of the tournament on day 1!
Eurosport / Jay Busbee
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