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One golf fan had particular reason to celebrate Tiger Woods’ Masters victory. Or 1,190,000 reasons, to be precise.

That’s how much James Adducci banked after his $85,000 bet on Woods winning at Augusta National came in.

The 39-year-old from Wisconsin placed the wager – his first ever sports bet – at the SLS Casino in Vegas last Tuesday morning. 

He was back there yesterday to collect his winnings.

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“I just thought it was pre-destined for him to win,” Adducci told Golf Digest. “I had been thinking a lot about this. I watched Tiger’s performance at the Tour Championship, and things seemed to be going his way. I looked at how well he did there, and some other factors you can’t put stats behind. It wasn’t about the stats for me. 

“The fact that this was going to be his first major in front of his kids, I was convinced he would win.”

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Of the players in the field at Augusta, only Woods made more ($2,070,000) than Adducci, with joint runners-up Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele each pocketing $858,667.

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William Hill US, which handles the SLS Casino’s sportsbook, took the hit surprisingly well.

“It’s great to see Tiger back,” said its director of trading, Nick Bogdanovich. “It’s a painful day for William Hill – our biggest loss ever – but a great day for golf.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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