Sir Alex Ferguson reacted furiously after learning Manchester United score at Augusta

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Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t enjoy the finest of Sundays at Augusta National.

The feisty Scot blew £8,000 after Jordan Spieth’s collapse on the back nine.

And to compound his misery, Manchester United lost 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur after a six-minute crumble.


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Ferguson, a United legend after a sensational 27-year reign at the club, reportedly threw a tantrum after finding out his old team suffered a heavy defeat.

Augusta National is known to be a rather strict place - mobile phones aren’t allowed on the course - but Ferguson didn’t adhere to those rules as he slammed down his sausage sandwich in disgust.

United succumbed to defeat when Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela each scored midway through the second half and, according to an onlooker, Ferguson wasn’t impressed.

“He was looking on his phone when he suddenly threw his sausage down on to his plate in anger,” the witness said, per The Sun. “He’d obviously seen the United result.”

Ferguson's bet

It shows just how much United means to him that even in the beautiful, peaceful confounds of Augusta, Ferguson can still flip at the club’s results.

A few hours later, things got worse for the 74-year-old as he watched Spieth throw away a five-shot lead to lose by three to Danny Willett.

After the round, Ferguson went up to the Brit and said: “I had £8,000 on Spieth!”

Willett apologised but Ferguson quickly said: “I’m so delighted. I'm so delighted honestly. Happy to throw it away.”

The former United boss watched on as Willett, 29, became the first Englishman to win golf’s signature tournament since Nick Faldo did so in 1996.

He said after Spieth wrapped the green jack around Willett’s shoulders: “The excitement today; I was at the 15th when there was a rumble and the scoreboard went up and Spieth's [lead went from] five to one and the excitement was unbelievable,” per the Mirror.

"I looked at Danny Willett, who was on the 16th tee, and he went to the toilet - unbelievable. It was a fantastic moment because he has his own thoughts and at that very moment he goes to the toilet and he is on his own. What was he thinking about?"

Probably composing himself, one presumes.

Ferguson, of course, has been in similar high-pressure situations. Cup finals, title challenges - the Scot experienced it all during his time at Manchester United.

He learned so much that he was called in by European Ryder Cup team in 2014 to give a motivational talk. Ferguson’s words clearly worked as Europe ran out winners over their American counterparts.

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