Mar 15th, 2017
Lucky golf punter makes £44,000
From backing Hadwin and Chawrasia
Words: John Dean
A man won £44,000 after placing a £10 bet on the winners of two golf tournaments.
Stephen Kelly, from Aberdeenshire, hit the jackpot with a 4343/1 double as SSP Chawrasia and Adam Hadwin won their tournaments on Sunday.
The 30–year-old, who lives in London, placed the bet with online site Bet365 before the start of the Hero Indian Open and the Valspar Championship.
He had gone to the pub to watch Celtic play Rangers in the Glasgow derby before returning home to watch Hadwin’s final round in America.
Hadwin had started the day with a four shot lead, and was on course for a win until it got to the 16th where he drove into water.
But he regrouped and when the now joint leader Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the final hole, his maiden victory on the PGA Tour was secured, as was Stephen’s jackpot.
Stephen told MailOnline: ‘It’s just about starting to sink in now. At the time it was just relief as I had been waiting for most of the day knowing that Chawrasia had won.
‘At the start of the day I wasn’t too concerned, but after a few beers and watching the football I began to get nervous at the thought of missing out on that kind of money.
‘I was delighted when he made it and I had all my friends and family phoning and texting. Nobody could believe it.’
Kelly said he plans to ‘have fun’ with some of the money but invest the majority of it adding: ‘I’m going to put away around £38,000. I’ve never had savings like this so it gives me the opportunity to potentially get a property in the future when I settle down.’