St. Andrews loses Ryder Cup bet, flies Pinehurst flag on Old Course's 18th hole

October 04, 2016

There's nothing as demoralizing for a conquered people to see the enemy's flag flying over their land. A feeling the town of St. Andrews knows all too well at the moment.

Prior to the Ryder Cup, the Twitter accounts of St. Andrews Links and Pinehurst Resort made a wager on the Hazeltine outcome. The bet was simple:

As you may have heard, the U.S. dispatched the Europeans by a 17-11 count to reclaim the trophy for the first time since 2008. To its credit, St. Andrews stood by the stakes, as the Pinehurst flag was brandished at the Old Course.

Here's hoping for a double down in 2018, with a replica of Putter Boy or Swilcan Bridge built on the loser's grounds.