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Monday, June 24, 2019

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Tiger Woods’ win at Masters leads to worst golf loss ever for sportsbook

There were plenty of people who thought Tiger Woods would never win another major championship, but the 43-year-old had no shortage of confident supporters heading into the Masters this year. For evidence of that, all you have to do is follow the money.

Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading at the William Hill US, said after Tiger won the Masters that Sunday was the “biggest golf loss ever” for the sportsbook. One bettor won $1.19 million after betting $85,000 on Woods, and there were plenty of others who took home bundles of cash.

At 14-to-1, Woods was tied for the third-best odds to win the Masters before the tournament began. Rory McIlroy was the favorite at 8-to-1, and Dustin Johnson was slightly better than Tiger at 13-to-1. Barring an injury or some unforeseen circumstance, that is not going to happen again.

Based on what Johnson and others said about the support Tiger got at Augusta National, it’s no surprise he had plenty of financial backers as well.

Jack Nicklaus sends message to Tiger Woods after Masters win

Tiger Woods is officially back, and the only man who has won more major championships than him is happy to see it.

Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships and considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time, was not at Augusta National on Sunday to watch Woods win the Masters. He did, however, send along a message to Tiger immediately after the 43-year-old captured his fifth green jacket.

“A big well done from me to Tiger. I am so happy for him and for the game of golf,” Nicklaus said, as read by Jim Nantz on the CBS broadcast. “This is just fantastic.”

Woods entered the final round two shots back of then-leader Francesco Molinari. The victory marked the first time in his career that he has come from behind in the final round to win a major.

While it will still be extremely difficult for Tiger to break Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins, his performance at the Masters this year proves he is still capable of playing at an elite level. As long as he can remain healthy, there’s no reason Woods can’t win another major or two before his career is over.

Tiger Woods accomplishes surprising first during Masters win

Tiger Woods has accomplished just about everything during his Hall of Fame golf career, but he managed to do something he had never done before en route to winning his 15th major championship on Sunday.

Woods entered the final round at the Masters at 11-under, which was two shots back of then-leader Francesco Molinari. While it may be difficult to believe, Tiger had never come from behind on the final day of a major to win. In his previous 14 victories, four of which came at the Masters, Woods had the lead heading into the final round and never looked back.

Like most winners at Augusta National, Tiger got some help from other players at the top of the leaderboard who made crucial mistakes. That said, it is still remarkable that Sunday was the only time in his career he came from behind to win. What a way to capture your fifth green jacket.

Francesco Molinari melts down at 15th hole at Masters

Francesco Molinari held at least a portion of the lead for 14 holes during the final round of the Masters on Sunday, but things came unraveled for him in a hurry at the 15th hole.

After hitting an errant tee shot and then a layup shot that was nothing special, Molinari found himself in a desperate situation. Tiger Woods, who was one of several players tied with Molinari for the lead at 12-under at the time, had already hit his second shot on the green at the par-5. Molinari needed to get on in three, so he took a risk with some tree trouble. It did not work out, as it clipped a branch and went into a water hazard.

Molinari then hit yet another poor shot after taking a drop, and he ended up with a double-bogey to fall to 10-under and essentially remove himself from contention. Woods made a birdie to get to 13-under.

Before he bogeyed the 15th, Molinari was one of several players who made a brutal mistake at the par-3 12th hole. Molinari played nearly mistake-free golf for much of the weekend, but the pressure of the back nine at Augusta may have gotten to him.

Watch: Several leaders put balls in water on 12th hole at Masters

The 12th hole at Augusta National has been a major issue for many golfers over the years, but that was especially true during the final round of the Masters on Sunday.

In the span of about 15 minutes, four players who were at or near the top of the leaderboard hit almost identical tee shots at the 12th. They all rolled down the bank in front of the green and into the water. Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter did it first, and both were within striking distance of the lead at the time. Leader Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau — both playing in the final grouping with Tiger Woods — then did the same thing immediately after.

Molinari went into the 12th hole with a two-shot lead over Woods and three-shot lead over Finau. He ended up with a double-bogey, and Tiger made par to tie for the lead at 11-under.

If you want to know the type of havoc the 12th at Augusta can wreak, Jordan Spieth can tell you all about it. The trouble it gave golfers on Sunday left the green jacket completely up for grabs.

Watch: Nick Faldo cries reminiscing about first Masters win

Nick Faldo won the Masters three times during his incredible golf career, but the first green jacket the Englishman captured is clearly just as special to him today as it was 30 years ago.

During the final round of the Masters on Sunday, CBS paid tribute to Faldo with some highlights from his win at Augusta National in 1989. Faldo won the tournament in a playoff against Scott Hope after entering Sunday five shots back of the lead. When his broadcast partner Jim Nantz asked him about some of the emotions he experiences when he returns to Augusta every year, Faldo was unable to fight back tears.

Faldo’s win in 1989 was one of the most impressive in Masters history, as he birdied four of the last five holes to force the playoff with Hope. Many players have collapsed on the back nine at Augusta throughout the years, but Faldo is a six-time major champion for a reason.

Faldo isn’t the first golfer we have seen cry over a Masters memory, and he won’t be the last. That level of intensity is what makes the event so special every year.

Watch: Bryson DeChambeau saves his first ever hole-in-one for Masters

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is one of the best golfers in the world, but he entered the final round of the Masters on Sunday having never experienced a hole-in-one. That changed before the day was over.

DeChambeau gave the fans at Augusta National their first big highlight of the day with a hole-in-one on the 16th.

As Jim Nantz mentioned on the CBS broadcast, it was the first ever hole-in-one of the 25-year-old’s life. To make the story even more remarkable, DeChambeau missed a hole-in-one on the same hole by about an inch earlier in the tournament. While he’s not going to win a green jacket this year, DeChambeau is leaving Augusta with one of the highlights of his golf career.