All hail Woods! Trump, Serena, Nicklaus join Tiger Twitter frenzy

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As Woods went on a charge on the back nine at Augusta National with birdies at 13, 15 and 16 to win by a stroke and claim his 15th major and fifth Masters, social media lit up in a frenzy of congratulations.

Somewhere in the USA, a gambler was striking a very similar pose.

The return of Game of Thrones for its final season was the big-ticket last night, but the comeback of Tiger Woods on Sunday morning at the Masters tournament was truly historic and a rating victor for CBS.

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.

It was the largest payout on a golf ticket in the history of William Hill U.S. and the fourth time overall that the sportsbook at the SLS has paid out a seven-figure win.

The bookies took the loss with good grace though, celebrating Woods' victory on Twitter. "Tiger climbs back to the top, and a guy from Wisconsin, on his first sports bet ever, wins over $1 million betting on him".

"It's great to see Tiger back", said Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading at the USA office of William Hill.

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

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

"The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close previous year a couple times, still had to get it across the finish line and didn't quite do it".

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

With this most recent triumph, Woods as now won the Masters Tournament five times - 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2019 - second only to the legendary Jack Nicklaus, who has won the tournament a record-setting six times. Might be worth a flutter.

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