Had Hoch been asked to sink the putt - and missed - then individual match bets, as well as bets on the Cup's final scoreline and highest United States points-scorer, would have to be paid out differently.
Hoch is a fine putter, but it was odds against him stopping a Montgomerie win. Punters who backed Europe at 12-1 for a two-point Cup victory probably lost out. Those profiting from the ``gimme'' were punters correctly backing Europe at 10-1 to win by one - 141/2 to 131/2.
Also out of pocket were many punters who had bet on who would be the top US points scorer. As a result of being conceded a draw in his final game, Hoch had the most American points, with 21/2. Had he missed the putt, Hoch would have tied with six compatriots.Reuse content