"Well, that hurt" Mito Pereira collapse costs punter MEGA pay day

This punter was left in agony after Mito Pereira imploded on the 72nd hole at the US PGA Championship.

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Wed, 25 May 2022
"Well, that hurt" Mito Pereira collapse costs punter MEGA pay day

So close, yet so far. This is how Mito Pereira may have felt after his 72nd hole collapse at the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills and one punter who backed him.

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Standing over what was to be his final tee shot of the tournament, the Chilean had a small but significant advantage over the field. 

It was only two shots and all he needed was a par after fighting all day to keep hold of the 54-hole advantage he held overnight. 

Of course, by now you will know what had transpired. Pereira piped one straight into the creek then tugged his approach after taking a penalty drop.

From there, the chance had slipped through his fingers. 

"Wish I could do it all again," he told the media after his collapse, admitting that "pressure" does funny things to you. 

Pereira was absolutely correct to feel distraught. And there was an outpouring of sympathy from the golf community. 

His time will surely come again. 

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Watching on was professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody. 

He oversees the data at Unabated, the stats-based sports information company. 

It turns out that he had a punt on the former Korn Ferry Tour superstar. 

He placed a bet of $500 on Pereira to win, which would have returned him $150,000.

"Well, that hurt," he posted, alongside a copy of the wager he had placed. 

Peabody placed the bet on the 27-year-old on Friday. 

Pereira was in contention alongside the likes of Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, Cameron Young and Matthew Fitzpatrick so the task wasn't easy. 

But it looked to be going so well until that wayward tee shot. 

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