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A 60-year-old man from Belfast picked up almost £140,000 at the weekend on a bet he placed with Coral in error.
He thought he had backed Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano to win the Qatar Masters and Kyle Stanley for the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a £50 each-way double but had actually taken the Spaniard to be leading at the end of the first round in Doha after he selected the wrong market on the website.
Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “The customer was unaware of his mistake and when Paul Lawrie triumphed in Qatar he assumed his double had gone down as Gonzalo Fernando-Castano finished outside the top five.
“He didn’t tune in to see Kyle Stanley complete a remarkable victory in America but when he logged on to his account on Monday morning he got a very pleasant surprise to see his balance was almost £140,000.”
Both selections were priced at 50-1, returning the customer £139,162.50.
A bet365 customer collected £87,745.31 from a £25 e/w double and on Sunday another went one better and pocketed £91,331.25 from the same stake on 50-1 Lawrie and 66-1 Stanley.
Sspokesman Steve Freeth said: “We were still licking our wounds from last week's Robert Rock/Brandt Snedeker double and to be honest we thought we’d be okay going into the final round of the Phoenix Open with Spencer Levin well clear and trading at 1-5 – big mistake!
“Lawrie was backed from 75-1 into 40-1 meaning we lost over £100,000 on the Qatar Masters. Stanley (66-1 into 45-1) was a six-figure loser for us in singles alone and the number of Stanley/Lawrie double backers ran into double figures. Safe to say it’s been a bad couple of weeks!”
After the dramatic events of the last two weeks on the US Tour that saw Stanley and Levin both capitulate in the fourth round Ladbrokes will refund losing tournament winner bets if your player is leading at the end of the third round but falls at the last hurdle.
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