Punter Bets Big on Tiger Woods, Wins $1.2 Million

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A punter bet big on pro golfer Tiger Woods to win the 2019 Masters tournament, putting up $85,000 and taking home $1.2 million.

The big win was the first major victory for Woods in over ten years, but the real winner may have been the punter that put down the crazy bet. He placed the wager at a William Hill location in Las Vegas, with Woods being a 14-1 bet to win The Masters. A lot of books were down on Tiger, who's had a series of personal setbacks over the years. The win ended up being the largest ever single golf payout in William Hill's long history, and the winner is reportedly flying into Sin City this week to get his money.

Once considered the best golfer in the world, Woods has suffered a devastating series of back problems, a divorce from his wife, and a DUI arrest in 2017 after he had taken some sleeping medicine. Despite these issues, Woods remains the biggest name in golf, and his recent resurgence has caused sportsbooks around the world to take a bath, as punters are keen to put their money on Tiger's prowess.

Commenting on the weekend William Hill's Nick Bogdanovich said, "We got our tails kicked. That's just business. A guy drops money on the counter, we accept the wager, we pay, and then we move on. Does it sting? Sure it stings, but it's just part of the business. Tiger is Tiger. He's the greatest golfer I've ever seen. Hopefully, we will get some new golf bettors out of it."

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15 April 2019 - 6:06pm

This is certainly an impressive win, but I'd reckon that someone who has $85,000 to throw down on a sports wager probably has more than a million in the bank.


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17 April 2019 - 7:47am

Ha yeah that was my first thought... who has a spare $85k to bet on a golf tournament at those sort of odds?


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17 April 2019 - 4:46pm

Hectic!!!! I take my hat off to that Punter , he is the true defenitiion of " Go Big or go Home" Bravo , I am really happy that Tiger won this tournement He deserved it and its always good to see a come back from such a legendry player 🍺


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17 April 2019 - 6:45pm

Never been a fan of Woods..but never been a golf fan generally as well...that's a great stake there...we know there's ever been a lot of money in golf...obviously some of the fans of the sport have a bit of the gold too allowing themselves a stakes of that caliber...but it's well played.