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Mystery gambler stands to win a FORTUNE if PGA Tour longshot wins this week

February 10, 2022

Cliff Hawkins

The winner of this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open will earn a check for $1.476 million. Not bad. But also not as much as one gambler stands to win if a certain longshot hoists the trophy on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Action Network's Darren Rovell reported on Wednesday that a $10,000 bet has been placed on a golfer in the field with 150-to-1 odds of winning. And after doing some quick math, AKA using the calculator on my phone, that potential payout is a whopping $1.5 million. James Adducci, is that you?

Adducci, of course, is the man who famously won $1.2 million by making a huge bet on Tiger Woods before the 2019 Masters. He also made an unsuccessful huge bet of $45,000 on Phil Mickelson to win the 2020 U.S. Open. We're guessing it's not him, but you never know.

Also, this time, the bet isn't on a Tiger or a Phil. The mystery person has that much confidence in . . . Carlos Ortiz? Yep, Carlos Ortiz.

Look, Ortiz is no slouch. He won the 2020 Houston Open by holding off a pair of Masters champs, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama. And the 30-year-old finished runner-up in his final event of 2021, the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.

But he's gone missed cut, T-70 in his first two starts of 2022. And betting 10 GRAND on someone ranked 69th in the world against a loaded field at TPC Scottsdale seems a bit silly. Although, Ortiz did finish T-4 there last year . . . Hmm . . . Did they tee off yet . . .?