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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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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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