With the NFL and football in the rearview mirror, bettors must take aim at other sports available at West Virginia sportsbooks. One earned a massive payout this weekend wagering on the PGA Tour.
Someone using DraftKings Sportsbook put $35,000 down on Joaquin Niemann to win this past week’s Genesis Invitational with odds of +2800.
When Niemann held on to earn his second tour victory, the New Hampshire bettor received back more than $1 million. In total, the bet paid out $1,015,000.
While this was a great result, the bet was initially placed in the middle of the opening round when Niemann was tied for the lead. His original odds at the start of the event were closer to +6000.
In fact, this big hit stemmed from a live wager that involved two other golfers as well. The bettor placed $125,000 overall on the outcome of the Genesis Invitational between three players.
Niemann concluded the action on Sunday afternoon with a two-stroke win, earning the golf fan $855,000 in profits.
DraftKings bettor cashes in on PGA Genesis Invitational
No one will take anything away from this amazing bet, but it wasn’t as impressive as those who pick a long-shot winner prior to the start of an event. Still, choosing who will win a golf tournament on Thursday afternoon isn’t an easy task.
The bettor gave themselves some options by taking three players to win the Genesis.
Besides the $35,000 on Niemann, they put $65,000 on Cameron Smith and another $25,000 on Cameron Tringale.
It was early, but all three players were playing well at that point and looked to be in contention. Niemann was tied for first, while Smith wasn’t far behind in fourth. Tringale sat at 21st at the time of the wager.
Even though Niemann got out to a quick start, it’s rare for the player who’s leading on an opening day to win the entire tournament. It’s even more uncommon for someone on the PGA to lead throughout the duration of an event.
That’s exactly what Niemann did when he won on Sunday. This marked the first time a golfer completed the Genesis Invitational with a wire-to-wire victory in 53 years.
He grew his lead to a sizable margin at points; however, both Collin Morikawa and Cameron Young finished only two strokes back.
Niemann’s performance was his best since his last PGA win in 2019. Those in the Mountain State may remember the 23–year–old for earning his first tour triumph at the tournament played in WV.
Niemann lifted the trophy at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which was actually the last time the event was held.
The youngster is finding success on the European Tour as well, notching seven other wins since turning professional in 2018.
Analyzing Niemann’s magical weekend
This bettor probably felt fairly great after the first round was completed. Niemann held the top spot by three strokes after shooting a 63, with Smith in the middle of the group behind him tied for sixth place.
The $65,000 on Smith would’ve netted $715,000 on that particular bet.
What may have been even more impressive than Niemann’s showing on the first day was his repeat mastery on Friday. He followed up his 63 with another 63, giving himself a great opportunity to win it all.
Despite sitting at –16, Niemann still had work to do. A couple of Americans, Young (-14) and Justin Thomas (-11), were still right on his heels, among others.
With another round under par on Saturday, this wager and Niemann seemed likely to win.
All he needed was to hold serve for the most part and avoid any major errors. Par on every hole would be enough to finish things off.
That’s just about what Niemann accomplished, shooting a 71 on the final afternoon. He actually posted three bogeys but erased them with two quality holes.
He recorded a birdie on the eighth hole, which was massive in terms of his mindset, seeing how he had just bogeyed on the previous hole.
Niemann utilized his lob wedge and knocked it in close to set up a fairly routine birdie putt. This got him back to par for the round and a three-stroke cushion.
Then on the par–5 11th, he chipped in from just off the green to basically wrap everything up. His eagle brought his score to -21 overall and gave him a six-stroke advantage with just seven holes remaining.
Niemann’s great tournament resulted in nearly a $2.2 million payout for the golfer and slightly over $850,000 in winnings for his new biggest fan.