Tin Cup was a relatively successful film in the mid 90′s and would probably be nowadays referred to as a “romcom” but is actually not a bad little watch. Here’s an overview:
On the last day, Roy, Simms and real-life PGA Tour pro Peter Jacobsen (playing himself) are in a three-way battle to be the Open’s Champion. Jacobsen finishes with a par on 18, tied for the lead with Roy and one shot ahead of Simms. Simms yet again lays up at the 18th hole, playing it safe. Roy should do likewise, but over Romeo’s objections and urged by Molly to “go for it,” he takes his fateful shot which finally carries the green. However, a “little gust from the Gods” causes his ball to roll back into the pond. Reminiscent of his blow-up back in college when he failed to qualify for the Tour, Roy tries to hit the same shot repeatedly, with the same heart-breaking result. With one last ball in his bag, Roy risks not only being humiliated but being disqualified (having no golf balls to play with), but still goes for the green. On his 12th shot, the ball clears the water and slowly rolls into the hole.
That actually makes it sound quite cheesy however probably more the point is what the hell has this got to do with betting? Before I go on will give you one of my favourite quotes from the film:
“Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at them.”
So anyway last night at the Players Championship Sergio did his best to recreate the film with a spectacular blow up at the famous 17th island green. He was playing superbly and was bang in contention having birdied three holes since the turn and was slowly drawing level with Tiger woods on the exchanges. Woods had already put a wild drive into the water off the tee and was looking very capable of doing something similar at any point. Garcia put two balls straight into the water and then followed that up with another on the 18th. He went from tied 1st to 8th in something like seven minutes and as a result blew a racing post 2.5 point bet out of the water(or into it as the case may be!). The fact that it was at odds of 33/1 and Nics picks had Also selected him made it a doubly hard to take. If that wasn’t enough I had also managed to secure a decent amount of “green “ on him. And if that wast bad enough having backed him with someone offering seven places (and laid him very low on the 5 place exchange market). Very very hard to take!!
Plenty of the sports betting websites were offering odds in play on the event and it made for fascinating viewing and lots of opportunities. Its always worth having a look around on nights like these as its quite often that you will found books who don’t necessarily have odds on the events but seem to randomly decide to put a market up. This can sometimes make for good opportunites as they will often have views that are different to the main stream.