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Tiger Woods: Gambler wins more than $1 million thanks to Masters victory

Last week, a bettor wagered $US85,000 that Woods would break his 11-year drought in the Majors at Augusta National at the odds of $15.

When Woods rolled in his bogey putt on 18 to seal a one-shot victory, the bet had earned the gambler $US1.19 million ($NZ1.65 million).

It was the largest payout in the history of the William Hill US sportsbook in Nevada.

​"It's great to see Tiger back," Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill U.S. said - likely through gritted teeth - in a release.

Bjerregaard stuns Woods in match play quarters

Woods had beaten Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 in their first match play meeting in the last 16 but Bjerregaard completed a 1-up victory over the former world number one when the American missed a short putt on the 18th hole.

"Just to get the chance to play against him today is pretty special," Bjerregaard told PGA Tour Radio.

"I'm pretty proud to say I beat Tiger Woods. Not many people can say that."

The 50th seed will play American Matt Kuchar, who defeated Sergio Garcia 2 up, in Sunday's semi-final.

Tiger Woods wins in Match Play return

Jordan Spieth found some success with a tie.

The most unpredictable tournament in golf began Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) with only a few surprises as only four of the top 16 seeds in group play failed to win their opening match at Austin Country Club.

Woods, a three-time winner of this World Golf Championships, had not played since losing in the opening round in 2013. He had a wild time with Aaron Wise until putting him away on the 17th hole.

"The way we were playing today, we're very thankful it's not stroke-play," Woods said with a laugh.

Woods ‘feeling good’

There were concerns when Woods decided not to risk playing at Bay Hill last week as a result of an injury that had been troubling him "for a few weeks".

American star Woods said he will be ready to return in Jacksonville this week.

"Everything is good," the 14-time major champion told Golfweek on Monday. "I feel good. I needed last week off.

"I didn't want to push it. No need to. Not at my age. Can't do that anymore."

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Woods nailing down Masters plans

After years of injury struggles, Woods re-established himself as a contender last season and recorded top-10 finishes at the Open and US PGA Championship.

Victory at the Tour Championship in September ended a five-year wait for an 80th PGA Tour win and helped earn him a place on the United States' Ryder Cup team.

Woods has only played two events so far in 2019 but he heads into his third at the WGC-Mexico Championship confident he is in a better position to challenge at the top of the leaderboard – both in Naucalpan and at Augusta.

Woods to open 2019 schedule at Torrey Pines

Woods, coming off a resurgent 2018 in which he claimed his first PGA Tour victory since 2013 after battling chronic back problems, last played at the Hero World Challenge in December.

The Farmers, a tournament which he has won seven times, will be his first official PGA Tour start since his pulsing victory at the Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods breaks five-year title drought

The 14-times major winner took a three shot lead into today's final round and carded a one over par 67 to finish on 11 under for the tournament and seal a two stroke victory over compatriot Billy Horschel.

It's 42-year-old Wood's 80th PGA Tour victory and first since 2013.

The victory moves him to second on the all-time PGA winners list behind Sam Snead (82).

Woods spent 10 months on the sidelines last year while recovering from spinal fusion surgery and only started to make full golf swings in mid-October.

Woods looking for 15th major win

But Woods isn't most, and he will not consider his return complete until he re-enters the winner's circle for the first time since 2013.

Woods, however, is starting to feel the physical toll of a long PGA Tour season.

The 42-year-old would like to add his 15th major win this week at the US PGA Championship, climbing to within three of Jack Nicklaus' record, but he's still just surprised and happy to be competing again.

"I needed that day off yesterday," Woods said on Tuesday during his pre-tournament press conference at Bellerive Country Club.

Woods contending at Honda

Playing in his third Tour event of the year, Woods had ground his way to three under at the Farmers Insurance Open, before missing the cut at the Genesis Open earlier this month.

Woods combined three birdies with two bogeys, including picking up the crucial shot at 18 thanks to a neat chip approach from off the green.

Despite taking a step in the right direction, Woods was disappointed he did not get more out of his round.

Woods 'very pleased' with return

Despite continuing to struggle badly off the tee, Woods completed an even-par 72 at Torrey Pines' South Course to finish the week three under par in his first official start for 12 months.

The 14-time major champion had described his long game in round three as "gross" but took encouragement from his performance in rising winds on Sunday.

In a post-round interview with CBS Sports' Dottie Pepper, Woods said: "I played a lot better today, a lot better.

"It was tough conditions out there, it was tough scoring."