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Tiger Woods Wins the 2019 Master's Golf Tournament

Mere minutes after Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters for his 15th major victory, Nike was ready to celebrate.

One of the few companies to stick with Woods over the last decade, Nike released a sentimental video about 43-year-old’s unexpected win.

The ad showed video from Woods’ past major victories — and shortcomings at majors — mixed in with other clips from his career.

“It's crazy to think a 43-year-old who has experienced every high and every low and has just won his 15th major is chasing the same dream as a 3-year-old,” the ad read, before showing a video of Woods as a child saying, “I'm gonna beat Jack Nicklaus.”

Of course, there’s something a bit odd about talking about Woods’ comeback considering how many of the “lows” were self-inflicted. But regardless of whether or not you sympathize with the golf legend, winning a major at his age after going winless for 11 years is an incredible athletic achievement.

Nike has likely had this commercial ready to send for the last several years, but it was worth the wait since it hits you right in the feels.

Nike releases emotional commercial celebrating Tiger Woods' Masters win

Nike didn't waste any time dropping their latest commercial.

by Anonymousreply 404/15/2019

Awesome recap of the final rounds.

I'm so happy for him making this comeback.

Tiger Woods wins The 2019 Masters | SportsCenter

Tiger Woods battles a crowded leaderboard and ultimately wins his first major in 11 years and his fifth career green jacket by winning The 2019 Masters Tourn...

by Anonymousreply 104/15/2019

I was on the edge of my seat for the last hour!! I can't believe that golf, the most boring game on earth, could be so exciting!

by Anonymousreply 204/15/2019

I learned Tiger won the masters from a Facebook post, and I honestly thought it was a joke. I was glad to see it was real. Congrats to him.

by Anonymousreply 304/15/2019

Tiger Woods' win resulted in $1.19 million payout to bettor, 'biggest loss ever' for Vegas sportsbook

Sunday was a very good day for Tiger Woods, who won the Masters for the first time in 14 years, his first major tournament win in 11 years.

It was also a great day for the daring bettors who placed a wager on Woods winning it all at Augusta National. But that also means that it was not a great day for bookmakers across the land, who had to pay out all those Woods bets.

One sportsbook that felt it the most was William Hill U.S. in Las Vegas. In the days before the Masters, someone placed an $85,000 bet on Woods donning the green jacket. Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading, had to call his boss to clear the bet, which was the largest golf bet in the company’s history. He got the nod, and the money was laid down at 14-1 odds.

The payout for that bet? $1.19 million. And William Hill U.S. is feeling it. Here’s part of their statement about the payout, via ESPN:

“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.”

It was the first time that individual had placed a bet at William Hill U.S., and Bogdanovich summed it up perfectly: “Pretty good first bet.”

ESPN reported that Sunday’s $1.19 million payout was just the fourth six figure payout in the history of William Hill U.S. And other sportsbooks are feeling the pain of Woods’ win. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas had a net loss in the high six-figure range, which will almost certainly be their largest loss on a golf event ever. ESPN also reported that an offshore sportsbook posted its biggest loss ever, eclipsing not just golf but also the Super Bowl.

The attitude of sportsbooks leading up to Woods’ come-from-behind win can be summed up by Matthew Primeaux, senior vice president of strategy and operations for BetStars. BetStars ran a promotion allowing people to bet $10 on Woods at 100-1 odds, and that contributed to an overall $360,000 loss, the largest in BetStars’ history. Here’s what Primeaux told ESPN:

"I believe my direct quote was, 'Guys, there's no way Tiger is winning this tournament.' Whoops."

“Whoops” is right.

Of course, sportsbooks losing on Woods bets means bettors came out big. But this win almost guarantees that Woods won’t have odds as long as 14-1 again. Because he’s not an underdog anymore. Woods is back.

Tiger Woods' win resulted in $1.19 million payout to bettor, 'biggest loss ever' for Vegas sportsbook

One bettor is $1.19 million richer after Tiger Woods' triumph at the Masters, and many sportsbooks are quite a bit poorer.

by Anonymousreply 404/15/2019
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