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UK Players Banned from Betting on Open Championship Golf

Lee Travino, who bet on himself to win the 1971 Open Championship at 14-1 and blew away the field. (Image:

The globe’s most readily useful golfers are up in arms this week at the Open Championship in the UK, where they are asked to sign a waiver to declare that they can not place bets on the result of the championship. Betting is something of the tradition for many players at the Open, because, of course, sports betting is wholly legal and readily available in Britain. At the 1971 Open, Lee Travino famously bet £100 ($171) him to almost triple his prize money when he blew away the field on himself at 14-1, which helped.

However, for the very first time at the Open, the R&A, the regulating human body associated with the game outside the US, has formally warned players that such behavior is now off-limits, despite the fact so it claims the rules have been around in destination since 2011. It had been news to some. One player, who wished to remain nameless, told ESPN he was ‘shocked’ when he had been handed the waiver, while his caddy expressed his delight that the ban did not extend to caddies.

We sense way around the rules with that one.

’30 Dudes in Violation’

Pro golfer Graeme McDowell gave an even more measured and response that is professional however, stating: ‘It’s really no various than exactly what we already have on the European Tour and PGA Tour, therefore it does not change Continue reading