Dustin Johnson had been the heavy pre-tournament favorite to win this week’s Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Charley Hoffman’s near-historic opening round at the Masters was largely overshadowed by favorite Dustin Johnson’s dramatic slip up.
But on Wednesday evening, just hours before the round that is first Thursday, Johnson had a freak fall at his rental home. The planet’s number one ranked golfer ended up being wearing socks when he slipped on wooden stairs, fell, and injured his back.
Las Vegas sportsbooks took more bets on DJ than any other player in the industry. On Thursday afternoon, after saying he had been going to decide to try to tee it up, Johnson explained his human body simply wouldn’t allow him and he informed tournament officials he was withdrawing.
The news headlines brought to light the importance of reading the print that is fine Vegas when placing a recreations bet. Several books said wagers on Johnson would not be refunded, while others opted to come back money.
Westgate’s SuperBook, Southern Point, Wynn, Golden Nugget, and Station Casinos stated bets on Johnson would be refunded. But MGM, Boyd Gaming, Caesars, CG Tech, and William Hill sportsbooks told bettors to count their losses.
‘At most sportsbooks, action is action. Doesn’t make a difference if Dustin Johnson showed up at the first tee or even hit a ball,’ ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted.