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As Europe clinched its 14th point on Sunday, assuring itself of retaining the Ryder Cup as reigning champs, Woods missed a three-foot putt for par. He decided not to force Francesco Molinari to make his putt, also a three-footer. That halved their match and instead of a 14-14 tie, Europe won 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 -- costing bookies millions, according to reports.
A Ladbrokes (a booking firm) spokesman told MailOnline on Monday, “No one bets on a tie. It cost us just over £650,000 (which converts to $1,048,905) last night on Tiger’s miss. Tiger is not a bookie’s friend this morning. At 8:20 p.m., Europe were 33/1 to win and USA were 1/50. It was a nightmare result. The USA were heavily backed pre-tournament. We were so close. It was our most expensive one ever.”
A Sky Bet spokesman told Sporting Life, “While it was impossible not to get caught up in such a fantastic victory, Woods' miss resulted in us taking a really heavy beating.”
A Coral spokesman also told MailOnline, “It was the biggest betting Ryder Cup we've ever had. We took £1million (converts to $1,613,700). During the first two days, confidence was a bit shot. People didn't really back Europe then. We were staring at the ideal result when Woods was at the final hole. Had it been a tie we would have kept everything we'd taken because no one backs a draw. But it was a £400,000 hit.”
“It was already over,” Woods said of his gesture. “We came here as a team -- this is a team event. And the Cup was already retained by Europe, so it was already over.”
Woods played for three days at the Ryder Cup without winning a single match.
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