Tiger Woods walks over the Barry Burn, tips his cap to the spectators surrounding the 18th green at Carnoustie, with dreams of winning the Open Championship drawing dead. Tiger stalks his 6-foot birdie putt, as if it was to win the tournament, even though Francesco Molinari all but locked up the Claret Jug with his equally tremendous approach. The dream of Tiger winning the Open Championship was dead, but it was at this moment, just before Tiger struck his birdie attempt, that a new dream was just beginning.
It was also at this moment that Scott Bauer, a lifelong Tiger fan, and the occasional daily fantasy player, who just so happens to be one of my best friends, realized what this Tiger putt on the 72nd hole would mean for him. For one second, let’s flashback to the 18th green on Friday where Justin Rose drains his birdie putt just to sneak inside the cut line at +3, which is where Bauer’s dream started to become a reality.
Clutch from @JustinRose99 on the 18th to bring him inside the cut line, currently +3.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 20, 2018
For those unfamiliar with DraftKings, and its Millionaire Maker tournament, it is a daily fantasy golf tournament, with a $20 entry, and the winner taking home ONE MILLION DOLLARS. For most, they will never know the feeling of even having a chance at the top prize, but this weekend, Scott Bauer had as good a chance as any to take home that top prize, and ride off into the sunset.
With tension building all weekend, and a lot of “I think I am going to win” thoughts floating around as we played golf together on Saturday, I kept telling Scott that it is all going to come down to the back 9 on Sunday, but I had no idea it was going to come down to the last putt. Bauer’s team was stacked to say the least, having just one golfer finish outside the top 10, who was Zach Johnson, but late in the tournament, none of his other golfer’s matter, except one.
If you wanted to find the ultimate Tiger fan boy, you would have to look no further than Scott, as he has had a love for him ever since he got into the game as a teenager. From the ups and downs in Tigers life, Bauer has always been a Tiger supporter, just waiting for that next time he hoists a major trophy. Unfortunately, by the time Tiger stood on the 18th tee box, his chances of an Open Championship victory were all but over, but it was at this moment that Scott realized if Tiger made birdie coming in, he would come in first in the DK Millionaire Maker, and take home a life changing $1 million dollars.
Of course, a drunkard in the Chalet screams in the MIDDLE of Tigers backswing, and even with Tiger putting it just a step off the fairway, there was no doubt this was the beginning of a nightmare.
— Benonwine (@benonwine) July 22, 2018
After an above average approach, Tiger Woods walks over the Barry Burn, tips his cap to the spectators, and begins to stalk his birdie putt, unknowing that this putt meant WAY more to Scott Bauer and his family, than it did himself.
As fast as the dream of winning a million dollars came to fruition, it was gone with a poor strike of the putter. A tap in par for Tiger Woods, leaving Scott in 6th place taking home a modest $15,000, but that is peanuts considering what was at stake. Even though it is good enough to pay off some credit cards, and take care of a couple months of rent in NYC, Scott had much bigger aspirations if he had won $1 Million.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 22, 2018
Back in January, Scott’s mother, Jody, was diagnosed with Leukemia, and has been fighting each day with the help of friends and family. While watching the last few holes of the Open unfold, Scott was accompanied by his mother, and the entire time, Scott just thought how much this $1 million would help not only his mother, but others faced with this terrible disease. Although the birdie putt did not drop, it does not mean that Scott was going to let that be the reason he could not raise money for this cause.
With that comes hopefully the happy ending to this otherwise heartbreaking story, and that is with the help of FANCHEST, where Scott is currently a marketing associate. After hearing the news of Scott’s near million-dollar payday, and what he planned on doing with the money, the CMO at FANCHEST was generous to donate $10 for every FANCHEST box sold for the rest of July. The FANCHEST boxes are a perfect gift for every sports fan, and this is an awesome gesture by the company to not only help raise money for the fight against Leukemia, but get some cool gear to support your favorite sports team, as well as making a difference in the lives of so many still fighting this disease.
If you are not interested in a FANCHEST, but still want to donate, please see the link below and help Scott turn this bitter loss, into something much bigger than a missed putt in a golf tournament.
From losing the chance at a million dollars, and immediately using this platform to raise money for a cause near and dear to his heart is admirable by Scott, and hopefully with the help of our awesome Hash Nation followers we can blow this story up and raise the million dollars that he was ever so close to winning.