UPDATE Monday, Oct. 3, 4:43 p.m. ET:
The good people of St. Andrews have remained true to their word. After the first European Ryder Cup loss in eight years, there was no welching on the bet that was made between Pinehurst and St. Andrews. With a European loss, the Pinehurst No. 2 flag went up on the Old Course’s 18th Monday.
— St Andrews Links (@TheHomeofGolf) October 3, 2016
Beautiful. Some more footage of the welcome site for U.S. fans…
It’s a beautiful day in Scotland.#RyderCupWager
— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) October 3, 2016
The perks of an American victory. And nothing but class from the Home of Golf.
• • •
There’s no small amount of wagering around the Ryder Cup, but even famous golf courses are getting in on the action.
On Wednesday, the people behind Pinehurst’s Twitter account (@PinehurstResort) fired off an idea at the Twitter handlers for St. Andrews (@TheHomeofGolf): Let’s make a bet on the Ryder Cup.
But the Pinehurst people did more than that. They offered a specific wager… if the U.S. wins the 2016 Ryder Cup, St. Andrews must fly a Pinehurst No. 2 flag at the Old Course’s 18th hole on Monday. If Europe wins, an Old Course flag will be in place at Pinehurst No. 2’s 18th the same day.
Here’s the tweet that started it all.
— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) September 28, 2016
A good bit of fun, and the Home of Golf quickly accepted.
— St Andrews Links (@TheHomeofGolf) September 28, 2016
So there you have it, not only is country pride on the line at Hazeltine National Golf Club, but so is the sanctity of flags on a golf course. Interestingly, the Old Course has never hosted a Ryder Cup, and Pinehurst No. 2 hasn’t had one since 1951 (the Americans won that version 9 1/2 – 2 1/2).
Regardless, it’s wager season already for the proceedings in Minnesota.
– Kevin Casey