While football dominated the sports betting headlines over the weekend, the most impressive ticket cashed came in the 2021 Ryder Cup.
A FanDuel Sportsbook customer placed an $8, 12-leg parlay on the three-day golf event. The ticket cashed when all 12 legs hit, netting nearly $1 million ($966,290). He or she predicted a tie between Collin Morikawa and Victor Hovland (+550), along with a tie between Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood (+650).
There were four other underdogs included on the card as well—Scott Sheffler (+230), Ian Poulter (+200), Lee Westwood (+190) and Rory McIlroy (+180). Spieth and Fleetwood both conceded gimme putts on the final hole, giving the bettor the tie that was needed to cash the ticket.
Morikawa missed a 10-foot putt on the 18th hole, leaving him in a tie with Hovland. The 24-year-old ranks No. 178 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained on the green this season.
“It means so much…to clinch this and bring the cup back to home soil, it feels so good,” Morikawa said after clinching the title. “The guys pulled through. We didn’t let up…I don’t think this is just a win. It’s a dominant win. Everyone showed up. All 12 of us, when we’re called upon, we show up.”
Europe had won four of the previous five Ryder Cups, but the Americans dominated this weekend. They clinched the largest margin of victory in the modern history of the event, finishing with a 19-9 tally.
The Americans were favored in 11 of the 12 matches on Sunday. Dustin Johnson became the first top-ranked American to finish a Ryder Cup with an unblemished 5-0-0 record. He is the fifth player to ever reach the 5-0-0 mark.
Only three legs of the parlay needed to play all 18 holes to pick up wins. Daniel Berger finished 1UP on Matt Fitzpatrick, Johnson did the same against Paul Casey and Westwood came through at +190 in his matchup with Harris English.
“This is the greatest team of all-time right here,” United State captain Steve Stricker said.
It might have been the greatest Ryder Cup parlay of all-time as well.