If Tiger Woods wins the Masters, a brave bettor will win nearly $1.2 million

Tiger Woods will have a lot of supporters when he plays at the Masters this weekend, both at Augusta National and watching at home. But one person will be cheering for him louder than everyone else. One person who has a lot to lose if Tiger loses, and even more to gain if he wins.

I’m talking about a sports bettor, of course.

According to Golf Digest, an unidentified Nevada individual placed an $85,000 bet on Woods winning the Masters. That’s not a small amount of money to wager on anything, but the reward is huge. With the odds at 14-1, the payout would be a massive $1,190,000.

That’s both a record golf bet and a record liability for the London-based casino and sportsbook operation William Hill. Golf Digest spoke to Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading at William Hill, and he originally thought the bettor had made a mistake and added a few extra zeroes to the amount by accident.

But it wasn’t a mistake. Bogdanovich had to call his boss to talk about the wager before it was accepted, because the largest golf bets they normally get are in the $10,000 to $25,000 range, with payouts around $300,000.

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A patron wears a hat festooned with Masters pins during first round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to his tee shot on the fourth hole during first round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the third tee as a gallery of patrons look on during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: A detailed shot of shoes worn by Bubba Watson of the United States are seen during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Patrick Reed of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Justin Thomas of the United States evalutates his second shot from the pine straw on the second hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Amateur Doc Redman of the United States plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Jason Dufner of the United States walks up the second hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: A Masters logo is seen on a cup during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Jack Nicklaus of the United States takes part in the opening tee ceremony prior to the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Vijay Singh of Fiji and caddie Danny Sahl approach the first green during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his third shot from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ATZENBRUGG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 08: Austin Connelly of Canada plays his second shot on the 3rd hole during day two of The 2018 Shot Clock Masters at Diamond Country Club on June 8, 2018 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Patrick Reed of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 9th hole during final round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Patrick Reed of the U.S. celebrates winning the 2018 Masters tournament after final round play at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Patrick Reed of the U.S. hugs his caddie Kessler Karain as he celebrates winning the 2018 Masters tournament after final round play at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sergio Garcia of Spain (rear), last year's Masters' champion, helps put the Green Jacket on 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed following final round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Any bet is risky, but an $85,000 bet on a past-his-glory Tiger Woods seems especially risky — even with his excellent history at Augusta National. He’s finished in the top ten 13 times, including four wins and seven top five finishes. But his last win was in 2005, 14 years ago. He tied for 17th at the 2018 Masters, and didn’t play the two years before that.

Woods’ elite days are almost certainly behind him. He hasn’t won a tournament with more than 30 players in over five years. But maybe there’s still some magic left in his bright red polo shirt. We won’t know until he steps onto the green on Thursday.

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