While down 11% from last year's much later PM broadcast Masters Final Round, Woods' first major US victory since 2008 is the best any early AM golf airing has done in 34 years on any network.
It's also believed to be just the fourth seven-figure payout on a bet at a William Hill U.S. sportsbook.
Colin says Tiger has amazingly established this unique ability to be beloved by the American public even though he's lived a life that would normally incite quite the opposite reaction.
The bookmakers certainly didn't think it was possible and were left nursing hefty losses after the 43-year-old triumphed at the Masters on Sunday to win his first major in 11 years at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia.
"Nobody wants their record to be broken, but I certainly wouldn't want Tiger to be hurt and not able to do it", Nicklaus told Golf Channel. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas had to pay out a $10,000 bet on Tiger at 12-1. According to Darren Rovell of the Action Network, DraftKings made a big bet of its own against Woods, increasing his odds Saturday, when he was two strokes off the lead, from 3 1/2-1 to 10-1.
Tiger Woods secured his fifth green jacket. and $1.2 million for a mystery punter.
"I'm not going to play as much as I did previous year", he said. "They definitely beat us today, and hopefully they'll come back".
Tiger Woods won his 15th major this past weekend, prevailing at The Masters for the first time since 2005. A New Jersey outlet of BetStars took a net loss of about $360,000 on its Masters futures market, the biggest for the company since sports betting was legalized in the state a year ago.
Technically, Woods has a chance to match Nicklaus' mark this year by completing the Grand Slam because of his 15 career majors.
"OK guys, I'm so serious", Williams tweeted.
Woods' return to the upper echelon of competitive golf just as the season kicks off is "enormous" for the game of golf, Ritter said.
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