Tiger Woods early betting favorite to win PGA Championship at 8-1

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Tiger Woods early betting favorite to win PGA Championship at 8-1

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Tiger Woods early betting favorite to win PGA Championship at 8-1

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Tiger Woods won his 15th career major Sunday after having been a betting favorite or close-favorite to win the Masters for the past eight months.

Woods one-shot victory and his fifth Masters green jacket proved costly to several sports books. One customer bet $85,000 on Woods at 14-1 odds at a William Hill sportsbook in Nevada this past week. The bet paid out $1.19 million.

Another bet on Woods paid out $130,000 at Westgate Las Vegas’ sportsbook, according to manager Ed Salmons. Westgate paid $75,000 on another futures bet.

The payout at William Hill was the largest ever payout on a non-Super Bowl bet by William Hill, which operates more than 100 sportsbooks in Nevada and New Jersey.

Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill U.S., told USA TODAY Sports that Woods’ win resulted in a loss of “seven figures.”

“We got our tails kicked,” Bogdanovich said. “That’s just business. A guy drops money on the counter, we accept the wager, we pay and then we move on. Does it sting? Sure it stings, but it’s just part of the business. Tiger is Tiger. He’s the greatest golfer I’ve ever seen. Hopefully, we will get some new golf bettors out of it.”

Well, time and gambling wait for no one.

Especially Woods.

So here are the early betting odds for the notable players scheduled to be in the field for the PGA Championship. It is scheduled for May 16-19 and will be played at the famed Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., on Long Island.

The odds are from the SuperBook USA and golfodds.com.

2019 PGA Championship Odds

Golfer Odds-To-Win
Tiger Woods 8-1
Dustin Johnson 10-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Justin Thomas 12-1
Brooks Koepka 14-1
Rickie Fowler 18-1
Jon Rahm 18-1
Justin Rose 18-1
Jason Day 20-1
Francesco Molinari 20-1
Bryson DeChambeau 25-1
Jordan Spieth 25-1
Tommy Fleetwood 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1
Tony Finau 30-1

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