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By Ian Stewart   August 2008

The sun shone feebly through thick grey clouds at the Murkdale Country Club, the traditional venue for the West Quagshire Invitation Only Golf Tournament. On the final day, the two players at the top of the leaderboard, Bobcat Forrest and Squirmie Eels, were fighting it out over 18 holes.

“How about a little side bet?” Eels suggested.

“Depends on what you have in mind,” said Forrest guardedly.

“The odds will be in your favour,” said Eels. “For every hole that you play under par, I’ll pay you £7 if you’re one stroke under par, £14 if you’re two strokes…

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