UK Players Banned from Betting on Open Championship Golf

UK Players Banned from Betting on Open Championship Golf

Lee Travino, who bet on himself to win the 1971 Open Championship at 14-1 and blew away the field. (Image: bahl.blog.blogspot.com)

The globe’s most useful golfers are up in hands this at the Open Championship in the UK, where they have been asked to sign a waiver to declare that they will not place bets on the outcome of the championship week. Betting is something of a tradition for many players at the Open, because, of course, sports betting is totally legal and readily for sale in Britain. At the 1971 Open, Lee Travino famously bet £100 ($171) him to almost triple his prize money when he blew away the field on himself at 14-1, which helped.

However, for the time that is first the Open, the R&A, the regulating human body of this game outside the US, has officially warned players that such behavior is now off-limits, despite the fact that it claims the rules have been around in destination since 2011. It was news to some. One player, whom wished to remain nameless, told ESPN that he was ‘shocked’ when he had been handed the waiver, while his caddy expressed his delight that the ban did not extend to caddies.

We sense way around the rules with that one.

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Pro golfer Graeme McDowell gave a far more measured and response that is professional however, stating: ‘It’s really no various than just what we curently have on the European Tour and PGA Tour, therefore it doesn’t change such a thing. […]