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The Kaiser's words leave a nasty sting; BETTING LOWS.

AS soon as my Bjorn booty hit my Betfair account I felt a little aggrieved about nailing only three bags from such a big-price winner, and immediately targeted further profit from the Phoenix Open.

I quickly slammed pounds 425 on Phil Mickelson at 5 (bolstering the pounds 78 I had ante-post at 8.8) and had another pounds 165 on Rickie Fowler at 9.2 (adding to the pounds 50 I already had on ante-post at 25).

Everyone likes to see a phoenix rising from the flames, but a Phoenix Open burning someone's fingers off is not quite as spectacular a vision. Mickelson and Fowler performed abysmally as soon as I had upgraded myself from a powder-puff staker to a dangerous customer, and I was back on the losing trail in doublequick time.

Dietmar Hamann had earlier sent me an angry text message fuming about how little I had pocketed from Bjorn - 'you should have won at least pounds 40,000 from that' - and the Kaiser's attack really hit home as Mickelson and Fowler fell to pieces.

I had lost the best part of a bag straight on the back of the Bjorn triumph and the 374-1 winner only stabilised my finances rather than doing what it should have done (propelling me to retirement).
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2011
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