This Week in Betting: Former 'Bachelor' contestant wins $1 million U.S. Open fantasy contest

Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 U.S. Open Championship despite entering the tournament with 30-1 odds. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Tanner Tolbert, a former contestant on "The Bachelor" reality TV series who was caught up in a daily fantasy sports controversy in 2020, won DraftKings' $1 million U.S. Open fantasy contest Sunday.

Tolbert's winning entry featured champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris, who tied for second, along with top-10-finishers Cameron Tringale, Adam Hadwin and Denny McCarthy.

Tolbert had four entries in the top 10 of the contest and won $1,022,667, according to the contest standings listed on DraftKings' website.

His big win comes more than two years after his wife Jade Roper Tolbert finished as the $1 million winner of a fantasy football contest on DraftKings in January 2020. The win was ultimately invalidated by DraftKings after an investigation found the couple had worked together to circumvent the entry limits. The Tolbert's entered 150 lineups each into DraftKings' contest during NFL Wild Card weekend.

Weeks later, DraftKings adjusted the final results of the contest, and no longer deemed Roper Tolbert the winner. Neither DraftKings nor the Tolbert's commented on why the results were changed.

'Hey, Phil'

A fan at the U.S. Open had a message for Phil Mickelson during Thursday's first round. "Hey, Phil," the fan yelled loudly at Mickelson. "Al Horford over 9.5 rebounds."

The Boston Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals that night. but Horford finished with 14 rebounds.

J.J. Watt sacks DraftKings on Twitter

DraftKings learned a lesson last week: Don't mess with J.J. Watt on Twitter.

Watt posted a picture of himself heaving a pass during an Arizona Cardinals workout on Wednesday. DraftKings joked that the pass would be intercepted and Watt took the exchange to the next level with his response, posting a downtrodden graphic of DraftKings' stock price. Watt's retort was retweeted more than 8,100 times and received 107,000 likes.

On Friday, DraftKings accepted its loss and looked to make amends with Watt. The sportsbook raised the Cardinals' odds to win the NFC from 20-1 to 50-1 for 24 hours and offered to donate the amount wagered on the special market to a charity of Watt's choice.

"Ouch," DraftKings president and co-founder Matt Kalish said in a statement to ESPN on Friday. "After getting sacked on Twitter Wednesday, clearly we are safer to be on J.J. Watt's good side. So DraftKings customers can now back him to make his first career Super Bowl appearance this season. For 24 hours, we are boosting those odds and will donate all handle from this market to a charity of J.J.'s choice. Good luck to J.J. and all DraftKings bettors!"

Odds & Ends

  • NFL: The most popular season-win total bet at The Borgata in Atlantic City -- by a wide margin -- is the Eagles over 9.5 wins. Approximately 36% of all the season-win total bets that had been placed as of Saturday at The Borgata were on Eagles over. No other team accounted for more than 9% of the bets.

  • NBA: The odds to be the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA draft have received surprising betting interest. At Caesars Sportsbook, the No. 1 pick market in the NBA had attracted more money wagered than the total amount bet on the NFL's odds to be the No. 1 pick. Entering the week, Auburn's Jabari Smith is the odds-on favorite to go No. 1 at -180 at Caesars Sportsbook. Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren is next at +145.

  • Golf: Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the U.S. Open for his first major championship, was listed around 30-1 entering the tournament.