Sir Alex Ferguson placed £8000 bet on Jordan Spieth at the Masters

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Danny Willet stunned the world of golf on Sunday night as he became England's first Masters champion in 20-years after hitting a final round of 67 to secure the title by three shots. 

Heading into the tournament as a rank outsider, there wasn't many that had tipped Willet to claim the Green Jacket. 

One man that was widely tipped for success, however, was last year's champion Jordan Spieth.


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And for a lengthy period during the tournament, Spieth was proving his class and appeared to be a shoo-in for further glory. In fact, he led for the majority of the Masters but things went horribly, horribly wrong. 

That's right, after claiming back-to-back bogeys on the 10th and 11th, Spieth's hopes of winning the tournament for the second consecutive year took an almighty blow on the 12th. 

Ultimately, he placed two balls into Rae's Creek at the 12th, racking up a quadruple-bogey. In the space of 30 minutes, Spieth had gone from a comfortable leader to a major outsider. 

Unsurprisingly, he never quite recovered. 

Fergie bet 

But it appears that his downfall came at a cost to one very famous figure indeed. As reported by, legendary ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had placed a huge bet on the 22-year-old to once again win the Masters. 

The report has revealed that the Scot placed £8000 on Spieth to win the tournament. It appears, though, that despite the loss, Ferguson was happy to see Willet triumph. 

In fact, Ferguson spoke to Willett after his incredible victory and insisted that he was 'happy to throw' his money away. 

The report claims that Willett jokingly apologised, before Ferguson responded by saying: “I’m so delighted, honestly. Happy to throw it away. Well done.”

Three-time winner Sir Nick Faldo suggested that Spieth will be scarred following his major fall from grace at the Masters. 

As per the BBC, he stated: "This will scar him. This will damage him for a while. We're all in shock with what happened to Jordan.

"In '96 you got the sense that Greg was struggling, but it was bit by bit. What happened to Jordan was so sudden, just bam. It was 10 minutes of golf. That's the harshness of it."

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