The Open 2018: Tiger Woods victory will mean biggest bookies’ golf payout ever of more than £20million

TIGER WOODS winning the Open would mean bookies forking out more than £20million to lucky punters – the biggest golf payout in history.

And one bettor would pocket a massive £264,000 after staking £8,000 on the American to win at odds of 33/1, according to

Tiger Woods winning the Open will mean a record payout for bookies

Woods showed flashes of his old self with an opening round of level par 70 at Carnoustie.

That left him five behind the lead of Kevin Kisner but with a number of relatively unknown players in front of him.

The 14-time Major champ was embroiled in a social media storm after appearing to snub a group of autograph-hunting kids.

But that has not put off the punters, who are backing him in their droves to pick up a fourth Claret Jug.

Punters will be popping the champagne along with Tiger Woods should he win a fourth Claret Jug

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At the beginning of today’s second round, some 14 per of all bets are for Woods to win at odds of 28/1.

The Open is the biggest golf betting event of the year, and is set to generate over £100m for UK bookies this week.

Compare this to the Masters back in April that saw a total of £12m wagered and it’s easy to see why Tigermania has swept the links.

And should Woods win his first Major in more than ten years then it would mean another piece of history.

The 14-time Major champion has got off to a solid start at Carnoustie

However, England’s Justin Rose has become one of the most popular slightly longer picks at 30/1.

Bookmakers will face a payout of more than £10m should he defy the odds.

Alexander Kostin from said: “Betting on Tiger Woods to win a major has been a charitable donation to the bookmakers for quite some time now but it appears that punters are still behind him, at least that’s what the money suggests.

“In-play betting continues to dominate the golf betting market, which is a trend that only started last year. Punters have come agile and savvy and rather than relying on a guessing game ahead of a tournament, nowadays it’s all about keeping your finger on the pulse and react as the game goes on.

“Punters are also looking for the slightly longer odds and very rarely do you see big bets coming in for one of the favourites. Again, it’s all about being savvy in the hope that it may pay off.”

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