Tiger Woods' Masters win swings Nike US$22.5m in exposure

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In the intervening period he battled a succession of injuries - a fourth back surgery in 2017 making him wonder if he would ever play again - and saw his reputation damaged by lurid revelations about his private life.

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga.

A Wisconsin man who claims to have never placed a bet on sports before he risked $85,000 on Tiger Woods winning the Masters is now more than a million dollars richer.

It also was the highest-rated golf telecast since last year's Masters, peaking with a 12.1 rating among the metered markets in the 1:15-1:30 p.m. quarter-hour. One pessimistic gambler bet $20,000 on "no" at -100,000 odds, meaning he will win just $20 if Woods fails to win the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship later this year.

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, neighbours in south Florida who often play with Woods, expressed a mixture of excitement and trepidation. "I can't remember how many Grand Slams I have".

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And now that Woods finally has that elusive fifteenth major tournament win under his belt, the only question that remains is not if, but *when* will he win his sixteenth. "A big "well done" from me to @TigerWoods!", said Nicklaus on social media.

"He's been there a lot, more than anyone, but it had been a while since he had a chance to win here".

Woods and Williams have a history of publicly supporting each other.

President Donald Trump and Barack Obama were among those hailing Woods on social media after registering a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.

He now has 81 victories, one short of Sam Snead, whose record could be tied as soon as next month, when Woods is likely to make his next appearance, at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was a little better at the PGA [US PGA Championship], but still I didn't win.

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