Lucky punter nets $1.2 million thanks to Tiger Woods’ Masters win

Lucky punter nets $1.2 million thanks to Tiger Woods’ Masters win

Tiger Woods’ incredible Masters victory wins punter $1.2 million

What a weekend it was at the 2019 Masters, particularly for one punter who will remember it for the rest of their life thanks to a certain Tiger Woods.

The American won a fifth green jacket of his career, 22 years on from winning his first one back in 1997. It was his 15th major championship and also his first major win since back in 2008 and it is undoubtedly one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history when you consider the personal demons and spinal fusion surgery he has had to recover from to get back to the top of his game.

One punter placed a hefty bet on the great golfer to win the tournament with William Hill, which won them a huge amount. The bet was an $85,000 stake on Woods to win outright, placed pre-tournament with odds of 14/1.

The 43-year-old’s victory therefore ensured that the customer, who is based in Nevada in the United States, ended the weekend by winning a whopping $1.2 million. It is the biggest payout that the bookmaker has ever had on a single golf wager in the USA, although as of 5pm on Sunday they were still waiting for the bettor to come forward and cash their ticket.

Speaking after the Masters had come to its conclusion and on the payout, William Hull U.S director of trading said: “It’s great to see Tiger back. It’s a painful day for William Hill — our biggest loss ever — but a great day for golf.”

Tiger Woods Masters 2019

Tiger Woods holds the trophy after being presented the green jacket for winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

How day four of the Masters 2019 played out

Having not been in and amongst the top 10 after day one of the Masters, Woods enjoyed an extremely good second and third day. He began day four tied for second place alongside Tony Finau with 11 under par, two shots behind the leader Francesco Molinari on 13 under par.

The Italian maintained his score through the front nine, hitting one bogey and one birdie. But things started to unravel for him on the back nine, specifically on holes 12 and 15.

Molinari went into the water on both occasions, meaning that he finished both holes with a double bogey. He did manage to recoup two of the dropped shots on holes 13 and 17, but it was not enough for him to win a second major having won the Open in 2018.

Meanwhile Woods maintained a consistent performance and pounced when the opportunity arose. He was one under par after the front nine which put him one shot behind Molinari, before dropping a shot at the 10th which put him back where he started on -11.

But when the Italian dropped two shots at hole 12, he shot for par to ensure that the scores were tied going into the last six holes. It was on hole 15 where the momentum swung Tiger’s way, making up three shots by shooting a birdie whilst Molinari hit a double bogey.

From there he kept his composure, getting another birdie on the 16th and even a bogey at the 18th couldn’t stop him from claiming what is undoubtedly a historic win. Can Tiger Woods now go on to win more majors and close in on Jack Nicklaus’ tally of 18?

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