St. Jude Invitational outright odds (As of July 23)
Brooks Koepka: 9.00
Dustin Johnson: 9.00
Rory McIlroy: 10.00
Jon Rahm: 12.00
Justin Thomas: 15.00
Shane Lowry took home the Claret Jug on Sunday, winning the Open Championship by six shots – and a number of sports bettors in British Columbia and Manitoba also felt the joy of victory, receiving the largest-ever payout for a golf Bet-Back Bonus promotion in PlayNow history.
PlayNow issued $9,250.18 in freebets to 606 players after they played the ‘Luck of the Irish’ Bet-Back Bonus promotion, which gave players their bet back if they placed a pre-tournament outright wager (maximum value of $100) on the Open Championship and an Irish competitor won at Royal Portrush.
The payday for bettors who got into the action with this weekend’s Bet-Back Bonus was considerably higher than the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ promotion in April, when $6,964.99 was paid out in freebets to 510 players following Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters.
Four of the last six Bet-Back Bonus golf promotions at PlayNow.com have paid out for bettors.
Lowry, who hails from Clara, Ireland, propelled himself into the lead with a spectacular round of eight-under par, 63, on Saturday. Despite some struggles here and there on Sunday, he ultimately secured victory as those behind him in the field were unable to mount much of a challenge under grey and rainy skies.
Bettors had largely been backing Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy going into the tournament, however, Carman D. of Nanaimo was also able to cash in, winning $2,250 on a $50 outright wager on Lowry to win.
Carman placed the bet on the eve of the first round, when Lowry’s odds to win the tournament were 45.00 at PlayNow.com.
Lowry’s best finish this season prior to the Open Championship was a tie for second at the RBC Canadian Open in June. He withdrew from this week’s WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, where Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are currently co-favourites to win.