The United States Supreme Court is due to rule soon on legalising gambling across the country. It will still be up to individual states whether or not to implement but at the moment only four state, including Nevada, allow it.
The PGA Tour’s Vice President of Tournament Operations Andy Levinson has said that the Tour will support legalised betting on its tournaments as there will be a commercial gain for golf. He said it will encourage fan engagement, using the PHA Tour statistics and shotlink. Over the past 18 months the PGA Tour has been running an “integrity programme” educating players and stakeholders involved with the tour to set out rules and regulations. They have set out the responsibilities of those with direct access to competition in a bid to stamp out corruption. The Tour will not encourage betting on negative outcomes, such as betting on players missing putts, fairways or greens or losing tournaments