Justin Rose’s Favorite Golf Gambling Story: The Worst Social Golfer There Is

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Nov 13, 2019, 11:00 PM EST

The Action Network spoke with several of today’s top professional golfers to find out their favorite personal golf betting stories.

Justin Rose

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While most professional golfers enjoy a little side action during non-tournament rounds, Rose doesn’t usually play for anything when he’s preparing for an event. In fact, the man who’s probably won the most bets against him isn’t a fellow elite-level player, but a largely unknown former pro who once spent a little time playing the Sunshine Tour – his half-brother, Brandon Harcus.


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“Generally, I’m the worst gambler. I’m the easiest guy to take 10 bucks off of, I’m the worst social golfer there is.

“For me, I don’t know what the number is to make it feel like it should matter, but I don’t necessarily like playing for that number, because I don’t play a lot of golf when I’m not on Tour. I probably play four rounds of golf per year that aren’t professional rounds of golf. It’s just not something I do. I practice, I hit balls, I get away from the game and spend time with my family.

“On the gambling side of things, I’ve never really done much of it out here.

“My brother loves it. My brother thinks he’s the best putter on the planet. If he manages to hole one, he’s got all the bravado and the swagger before he hits a putt.

“He’ll be standing over a 6-footer to take your money and say, ‘You know what? The last time I missed one of these, they cut one of my fingers off.’ Then he’ll show his 10 digits and roll in the putt to take my money.

“Not only does he take my money, he literally rubs it in my face, too. He actually does have a great short game. If he could drive the ball, he’d be dangerous.”

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