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Punter Wins $1.2 Million From Tiger Woods Masters Bet

Punter Wins $1.2 Million From Tiger Woods Masters Bet

Tiger Woods won his first major in 11 years on Sunday, and he was a picture of joy as he punched the air and roared with delight. Indeed, golf fans across the globe celebrated similarly, as one of the game's all-time greats collected his fifth green jacket.

But one fan watching on no doubt celebrated a fair bit more jubilantly than the rest. That's because the 43-year-old's triumph at the Augusta National earned them a whopping $1.2 million (£916,000).

Somewhere in the US, a gambler was striking a very similar pose. Credit: PA
Somewhere in the US, a gambler was striking a very similar pose. Credit: PA

The mystery US punter placed an $85,000 (£64,900) bet on Woods winning the Masters with William Hill, two days before the tournament teed off, winning the life-changing sum from the 14/1 odds.

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I say 'life-changing', but presumably the unknown gambler had a fair bit of cash in the first place to put $85,000 on the veteran golfer. Still though... $1.2 million.

The payout is actually the most Willy Hill has ever forked out on a golf bet and Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill US director of trading, said it represented a 'painful day' for the company.

In a statement, he said: "It's great to see Tiger back. It's a painful day for William Hill - our biggest golf loss ever - but a great day for golf."

The bookies took the loss with good grace though, celebrating Woods' victory on Twitter.

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It didn't always look like the bookmakers were going to have to make the hefty payout though.

When the back nine started the punter was probably sweating a little bit, with Woods two shots behind Francesco Molinari and the Italian not looking in any danger of slipping up.

Molinari was on course for his second major in a year but Amen Corner had other ideas and he double bogeyed the 12th after going into the water.

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Tiger Woods secured his fifth green jacket... and $1.2 million for a mystery punter. Credit: PA
Tiger Woods secured his fifth green jacket... and $1.2 million for a mystery punter. Credit: PA

By the time the pair got to the 15th there was a five-way tie for the lead but Molinari again went into the water, picking up a double bogey and ending his chances.

Ultimately though, Tiger made his way to the front of the pack and managed to hold his nerve to secure a historic victory.

The question now is whether Woods can catch up with Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors... Might be worth a flutter.

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Topics: Golf, News, Betting

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.