AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's 2:15 p.m in Augusta and I doubt any of the leaders teeing off in less than an hour are more nervous than my pal Billy, an inveterate golf gambler who has discovered the wonder -- and horror -- of internet gambling.
Billy loaded up early and often this week, starting with a stake of $1,000 which he's since ran up to roughly $1,400. Today he's letting the whole thing ride on a series of proposition and head-to-head match bets.
For better or worse, Billy is pinning his hopes (and bankroll) on two outcomes:
Low scoring and an electric performance by Phil Mickelson.
Here's what Billy has going in the final round:
-- $300 on Fred Couples to shoot under 72.5.
-- $200 on K.J. Choi to shoot under 71.5.
-- $500 on Phil Mickelson to shoot under 70.5.
-- $200 on Mickelson to beat Tiger Woods.
-- $200 on Mickelson to beat Lee Westwood.
Postscript results to follow in about seven hours, provided Billy is solvent and sober.
-- Guy Yocom