Punter loses thousands on outrageous bet as Phil Mickelson crashes out of US Open

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Punter loses thousands on outrageous bet as Phil Mickelson crashes out of US Open

Ardent Tottenham fans might stick a fiver on their club to win the Premier League, but you wouldn’t put £35,000 down, would you?

Well, that’s exactly what one Las Vegas punter did, deciding to get behind Phil Mickelson at the US Open.

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Mickelson suffered a horror show in New York

And instead of winning the £2.6million jackpot, the betting slip was torn up midway through the tournament as the world no. 53 missed the cut.

Mickelson shot a horrendous first-round 79 and then a 74 on Friday to crash out on 13-over-par.

The Spurs comparison is fairly appropriate: Mickelson, 50, is still capable of winning at the top level, but has a habit of bottling it at the US Open.

Mickelson was nowhere near the cut line

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Mickelson was nowhere near the cut line

It’s the one Major Championship which has eluded him during his glittering career. He has finished runner-up SIX times.

The closest he came, ironically, was at Winged Foot, where this year’s tournament is being held.

Mickelson only needed a par on the 72nd hole to win and become the sixth man in history to complete a career grand slam.

A bogey would’ve been enough to take Geoff Ogilvy to a play-off, but an errant tee-shot led to a double.

Joking about that moment, Mickelson responded to the £35k bet last week, saying: “Hoping for both of us I have a 3 shot lead on 18 tee.”

Fourteen years on, it’s difficult to see the American ever getting a better chance again, especially in light of his performance over the last two days.

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