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This is how PGA Tour pros gamble during tournament rounds

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While we know plenty of players on the PGA Tour gamble during practice rounds, gambling during tournament rounds is even less discussed.

Of course, officially, nobody on the PGA Tour gambles and the practice is prohibited. Unofficially, well…

As much as the PGA Tour takes a Judge Smails tack with the matter, players gamble during tournament rounds, as the Undercover Tour Pro tells Golf Digest.

The pro says he never starts a tournament-round wager on the first tee. Rather, a situation will arise like the following: The pro and the player in his pairing are both well outside the cut line. In order to make things interesting, he decides to make a wager.

Likewise, if both players are near the bottom of the leaderboard on Sunday.

The pro says:

“Even if I shoot 65, I move up maybe 10 places. And a solid round like 69 or 70 is going to yield something like $1,500 more in prize money, pre-tax. It might sound illogical, but the glory of taking a few hundo off a colleague becomes more interesting than a potentially slightly larger cut of a purse.”

He also offered this unique perspective on inside-the-ropes in-tournament wagering.

“At the end of a disappointing week, the last thing you want to do is grind. But if you’re not always trying to get it going, you’ve got about zero chance of discovering that thing—some little key or thought—that turns your game around.”

So there you have it, it’s fun for the pros and for the good of the game.

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  1. Chris B

    Aug 2, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I just can’t see how $200 dollars tax free compares to $1500, FedEx points etc….

  2. Joe Perez

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    As someone raised in a household that was a literal hellhole due to breadwinner-gamble-holism, I find it offensive that these pampered slobs that get to play a GAME for a living, can’t find enough incentive to give their all once they are “out of the mix.” It’s an insult to every fan who follows the sport, watches on TV, or PAYS for a ticket to watch/follow around these spoiled brats. I guess the incentive of knowing that they’re attempting to insure the continued high life-style they are currently living isn’t enough either. I’m sure I’ll eventually realize that I’m out of line, because… THESE GUYS ARE GOOD! ????

    • Doug

      Aug 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Maybe your family shouldn’t have been too poor to be ruined by gambling.

  3. birdie

    Jul 31, 2017 at 10:57 am

    how is this an article?

  4. Someone

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    for the good of the game? really?

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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