Jul 17, 2022; St. Andrews, SCT; Cameron Smith celebrates after winning the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Betting on golf can be good or bad depending on your perspective. It’s not like a team sport where you’re choosing between two teams, you’re choosing among a group of 150 or so golfers who have a chance to win. That means the odds are great, even for the favorites, but it can be rather wide open.

One person thought they hit the jackpot on this past week’s Open Championship. Cameron Smith shot a 64 in the final round to overcome a four-stroke deficit to win in St. Andrews and someone with the Twitter username “@azarrella9” thought they won almost $1500 on a $75 bet on Smith’s win.

There was just one problem. This person had Smith winning an “Open,” just the wrong one.

That bet is for the 2023 U.S. Open.

Yes, before anybody points this out, this technically isn’t a bad beat. In fact, there’s a good chance this bet can still be a winner. Smith just won his first major and finished third in The Masters, so he’s one of the hottest golfers right now.

That being said, if you thought you were winning $1500 and you find out you didn’t. And it was because of your own lack of reading comprehension, it might not technically be a “bad beat” but it sure feels like a bad beat.


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