PGA Tour announces new, wide-ranging gambling policy for 2018
September 20, 2017 10:22 AM
by Robert Mann
The PGA Tour has announced a more comprehensive, wide-ranging gambling policy for 2018. The tour's new Integrity Program will become effective Jan. 1.
The organization also revealed it is now working with Genius Sports to implement its new initiative. Genius Sports is a data-technology service that operates a bet monitoring system tracking betting patterns with the ability to chart suspicious betting trends on events. The tour and Genius have also developed an educational program “that will help players, caddies and officials to identify, resist and report incidents of potential betting corruption.”
Betting by players on PGA Tour events has long been prohibited, but the new program extends to virtually anyone related to tournaments. Now, players' support teams, tournament staff and volunteers, as well as all PGA Tour staff and policy-board members will be banned from wagering on PGA Tour controlled events
A media release by the PGA Tour say the motivation behind the new policy is designed “to maintain integrity and prevent and mitigate betting-related corruption in PGA Tour competitions – ensuring competitions always reflect, and appear to reflect, the best efforts of the players, while protecting the welfare of the players and others involved with the PGA Tour – through clear policies and regulations, ongoing education and training, and effective and consistent monitoring and enforcement functions.”
The new Integrity Program will be a part of all six pro tours (approximately 140 events) that the PGA Tour controls. In addition to the main PGA Tour in the United States, the other tours subject to the new guidelines are the PGA Tour Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour China.