Sports Gambler Doubles Down On Tiger Woods After Million Dollar Score

US President Donald Trump presents US golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC

There are other variations, of course.

Eyebrows were raised when Adducci claimed that his $85,000 bet on Woods to win the Masters was his first. Which major will he win?

"You've seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I would not be in this position without all your help", he said.

As Adducci told Golf Digest, his reasoning is based on how this year's major schedule plays to Woods' favor, and his belief that Woods' comeback will only gain momentum as it continues.

"I think our expectations have to come down a notch or two anyway because of the weather, the temperature change for me is important, and how he will cope with getting out of the rough", Faldo said in a conference call to promote his employer CBS Sports' coverage of the event. And I think he misses playing. No player has ever won the modern Grand Slam, though Woods did once win the "Tiger Slam" by winning the four majors consecutively over the course of two different seasons. He went on to finish fifth at the following year's Masters, but then stunningly won each of the next four majors, including the 2000 PGA. He needed to not just believe he could do it again, he need to know it.

After his maiden win in Texas, Conners played three more weeks before finally taking a break the last two weeks. The difference between him and everyone else is that he played smarter and thought more clearly. In 2008, with knee problems more acute than outsiders had recognised, he finished as runner-up to Trevor Immelman at Augusta National and did not re-appear until the US Open in June. The 2012 and 2016 editions of The Barclays were also played at Bethpage Black. At 75 percent, Woods is the year's best on tour at it, which could prove decisive at Bethpage. It's a big reason for his success at places like Firestone and Torrey Pines.

With 81 PGA Tour victories, Mr. Woods is one victory shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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"Obviously, Tiger has impact - sort of the moon landing", Waugh said at the PGA's media day. Where he hasn't fared well is proximity from the rough (currently outside the top 200).

But Tiger's 15th major success at The Masters five weeks ago, followed nearly 11 barren years, during which period the now 43-year-old had been written off, time and time again. The result? He shot an opening-round 70 at the Farmers Insurance Open, which is tied for his best first round of the season.

Woods then joked that "maybe I should tee it up" with a driver from that spot to see if he could reach in two.

Beem didn't bother going onto the course when the rain kept coming, although he did suggest to a PGA of America official that one of its initiatives be enacted for the second major of the year. The $100,000 bet is the most extravagant thing he has done with his winnings.

But Bethpage is not Augusta and this Tiger is not the one who was victorious here in 2002. But the bettor who won almost $1.2 million when Tiger Woods won the Masters put a chunk of his winnings on the line for a much bigger payday. He is one of 10 or 15 or 20 players who feasibly could win it.

Legitimate title chances will line up like jets at nearby JFK airport, but anyone with designs on winning will likely have to contend with the quiet assassin Koepka, who for all his dominance in recent majors remains less than a crowd favorite.

The overall numbers are not in his favor. Even now there are times you have to double take to make sure what you are fact checking is correct. If he'll take home consecutive majors for the first time in 13 years. If the Northern Irishman can get that right he can win at Bethpage.

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