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The PGA Tour is ready to embrace betting on golf

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If the Supreme Court overturns a federal ban on sports betting, the PGA Tour is prepared to support golf-related betting, according to a report from Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard.

The PGA Tour has talked with both the NBA and MLB about types of betting that don’t undermine the integrity of competition (such as bets on negative outcomes–missing a fairway, etc).

“It’s important that the types of bets and the types of markets that are created around our competitions are ones that don’t increase the risk of corruption,” said Andy Levinson, the PGA Tour’s senior vice president of tournament administration. “By having some say in the types of bets that are offered we feel we can mitigate the risk that can be posed.”

Levinson also called attention to the PGA Tour’s development of an integrity policy that makes clear to players “the potential for corruption that might exist.”

The Tour is also keen to have its own proprietary statistics used for any wagering, so that no discrepancies in accuracy arise.

Interestingly, expanding on the Tour’s rationale for wading into the waters of sports betting, PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, had this to say (per USA TODAY)

“You have keep in mind that betting is happening right now, with illegal black markets and offshore betting, and we don’t have any exposure to what is happening. If it’s legalized and regulated, you get to a point where you can better ensure the integrity of your competitions. You can provide adequate protection for consumers, which doesn’t exist today. There are commercial opportunities for us, which is one of the things we’re here to do, which is to create and maximize playing and financial opportunities for our players.”

Currently, four states are exempt from the federal ban on sports betting: Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision before its July recess.

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  1. thefutureisTRON

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    So, can we have Pokerstars back now? If we’re going to allow degenerate sports betting, why not a skill game like online poker?

  2. Cornwall1888

    Apr 13, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Been betting on golf here forever in the uk, thought America was land of the free?

    • TheCityGame

      Apr 13, 2018 at 11:24 am

      That’s just a marketing slogan, not an ethos.

    • Birdswing Golfer

      Apr 15, 2018 at 7:53 am

      In reality you don’t want this Golf is the hardest sport to bet on 120+ players each week 90% more than capable of winning too!

      Great when you get a winner mind!

  3. Justgolf

    Apr 13, 2018 at 4:07 am

    As a decent society we should ban any betting, guns and all advertising. Who needs this senseless stuff anyway?

  4. youraway

    Apr 12, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Pitiful – but if it’s legal how is it any business of the PGA Tour?

  5. OG

    Apr 12, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    “… risk of corruption …” ???!!!!! The pros have already corrupted themselves with the OEMs and overpriced clubs. Look at PXG… 😎

    • thefutureisTRON

      Apr 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Well, Parsons has to do something for money. His GoDaddy site has no future with the direction technology and the internet is headed. GoDaddy will literally have no reason to exist in a few years. I suspect this is the real reason the guy got into the golf business. He needed something else because he knows GoDaddy has a bleak future.

      Look into companies like Tron to see what I’m talking about. Tron will put GoDaddy out of business soon. Forget about the fact that I own 25,000 of their TRX coins. LOL. It’s actually true.

  6. Better Than Most

    Apr 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Just allow betting on caddy races. That’s all anyone really wants.

  7. 2putttom

    Apr 12, 2018 at 11:06 am

    well now..I won’t have to look over my shoulder anymore

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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, Titleist 718 AP2 (5-7), Titleist 718 CB (8-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

SEA ISLAND, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Charles Howell lll tees off on the eighth hole tee box during the third round of The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 17, 2018 in Sea Island, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

RELATED: See what members are saying about CH III’s equipment in the forums.

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Danny Willett’s Winning WITB: DP World Tour Championship

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Driver: Callaway Rogue (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 60x

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 70X

Irons: Callaway X Forged Utility Irons (18, 21, 24 degrees), Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged PW (48 degrees), Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (54, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Putter: Odyssey Prototype (Stroke Lab)

Ball: Chrome Soft X

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Danny Willett spotted with new Odyssey prototype putter, putter shaft

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You may have seen Danny Willett’s name near the top of the leaderboard at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. At 10 under, the Englishman sits one stroke behind fellow countryman Matt Wallace.

You may not have seen, however, that the 2016 Masters champ has a new Odyssey prototype putter in the bag.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

(Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

All the company would say

“Willett first put in his new gamer last week at the Nedbank Challenge. Willett’s prototype putter also features a new prototype Odyssey shaft to help improve the consistency of the putting stroke.”

Willet has historically favored his blade-style Odyssey O-Works #1 W. More recently, at the Turkish Airlines Open, we spotted him with an Odyssey Versa Jailbird Black. However, the prototype in question is clearly a heel-shafted mallet with a different insert than the 1 W or the Jailbird. The insert looks to be the White Hot Microhinge. Obviously, the two-tone, potentially multi-material, shaft, and the technology therein, is notable as well. Also apparently two-tone, the putter head, which looks similar in shape to a Tank Cruiser and similarly has a pair of sole weights.

Do we need the TG2 to break down the few photos we have like the Zapruder film? We’ll continue digging, in the meantime, let us know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

 

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