Tiger Woods's Masters win delivers high ratings for CBS

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Thomas acknowledged he had needed to be convinced Woods could win another major.

The mystery U.S. 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.

The bet returned $1.19 million, the largest single-ticket sum payout in the history of William Hill casinos in the U.S.

"It's a painful day for William Hill - our biggest golf loss ever - but a great day for golf".

What's even crazier? It was the first wager ever placed by the unidentified customer at William Hill, which will mark the occasion by presenting the bettor with his check in person Monday afternoon.

"I am so happy for him and for the game of golf". "But they were for real". Steph Curry called the win the "greatest comeback story in sports" and asked Woods if he could hold one of his five green jackets.

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Woods also tweeted about his win, posting a photo of himself in his green Masters jacket, holding his trophy.

"When we were approached with this bet, it was above my pay grade, so I had to go to my boss", he told Action Network.

Closer to home, ESPN reports that BetStars' sportsbook in New Jersey got hit for an approximate $360,000 loss on the futures market due to the tournament win.

Woods entered the final round tied for second with Tony Finau, two shots adrift of leader Francesco Molinari. It peaked at a 28 share between 2:15 and 2:30 p.m. ET.

The likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth can not say they were not warned either, Woods leading last year's Open Championship with eight holes to play and finishing runner-up to Koepka at the US PGA with a closing 64. Woods hadn't won one a major since 2008, when he won the US Open, and struggled to find form for a number of years.

After he put an end to an 11-year wait for a major, don't expect people to bet against Tiger again soon.

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