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British Open 2017: It's too bad the money match between John Daly Jr. and Luke Poulter wasn't televised

July 21, 2017

SOUTHPORT, England -- Ian Poulter was extremely pleased following a Friday 70 at the 146th British Open that he felt was better than his opening 67 in mild conditions. However, he seemed most proud of the tournament's undercard match that happened the night before when his son, Luke, played John Daly Jr. in an eight-hole contest at nearby Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club. File this under sporting events we'd rather pay to see than the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

Not only did Luke take down Daly's son -- he took some money off him as well.

"Well, one was very upset when he'd come back in the house, and unfortunately that was little John," Poulter explained. "But Luke was kind of rubbing it in, as he took a 20 pound note from him. So poor little John was not best pleased."

Shortly after, Poulter was asked a follow-up about where Luke learned to rub it in.

"I'm not sure," Poulter said with a grin. "It must be his mother." Right. . .

Luke, who was one over through the eight holes, definitely got his golf ability from his father. Beating Little John, who recently made a hole-in-one in a junior tournament, is no small task.

But back to the wager, £20 seems pretty steep for a pair of 13-year-olds. Then again, these are the kids of two well-known tour pros. Added Poulter:

"Apparently, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree -- on both sides."