It's also believed to be just the fourth seven-figure payout on a bet at a William Hill U.S. sportsbook.
Tiger Woods' return to major championship glory was cheered by the golf masses, but the folks accepting wagers on the Masters have had better days. Since then, Nike stopped making golf equipment, but stuck with golf apparel and the Tiger Woods brand ー leading to a payoff worth $22.5 million in exposure during Sunday's final round, according to the analytics firm Apex Marketing.
That mixture of resignation and admiration was echoed by an executive at Westgate's Las Vegas sportsbook, Jay Kornegay, who told USA Today: "Despite our loss, I was rooting for Tiger".
As well as becoming the first Italian to win a major championship, Molinari won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, his first PGA Tour title in the Quicken Loans National - a tournament hosted by Woods - and he became the first European to compile a ideal 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup.
Woods, however, preferred to savour his fifth Green Jacket.
"I'm not going to play as much as I did a year ago", he said.
As the years ticked by from 2008 and an injury-riddled Woods got stuck for more than a decade on 14 major titles, four short of Nicklaus's record, the "Golden Bear" kept saying he still thought his mark was in jeopardy.
It could have been much worse for BetStars, but the firm settled on limiting bets on Woods to $10 at promotional odds of 100-1, as opposed to one executive's suggestion of a $100 limit.
"But I'm a little surprised by him winning, especially with the competition he faced". "To me, he is a real guy with super human golf abilities, and in that moment, he had something with his kids that he's never had before".
"I am literally in tears watching Tiger Woods. this is Greatness like no other", Williams tweeted.
In 2010, Williams wrote that she hoped to catch Woods' major championship total with her Grand Slam total.