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UK Players Banned from Betting on Open Championship Golf

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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: bahl.blog.blogspot.com)

The world’s best golfers are up in arms this week at the Open Championship in the UK, where they were asked to sign a waiver to declare that they’ll maybe not place bets on the outcome of the championship. Betting is something of the tradition for many players at the Open, because, of course, sports betting is completely legal and easily obtainable in Britain. At the 1971 Open, Lee Travino famously bet £100 ($171) on himself at 14-1, which helped him to almost triple his prize money as he blew away the field.

However, for the very first time at the Open, the R&A, the governing human body associated with 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 place since 2011. It was news to some. One player, who wished to remain nameless, told ESPN he was handed the waiver, while his caddy expressed his delight that the ban did not extend to caddies that he was ‘shocked’ when.

We sense way around the rules with that one.

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Pro golfer Graeme McDowell gave an even more measured and professional response, however, stating: ‘It’s really no different than just what we have regarding the European Tour and PGA Tour, so it doesn’t change such a thing.

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