UK Players Banned from Betting on Open Championship Golf

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

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

We sense a real way around the rules with that one.

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Pro golfer Graeme McDowell gave a more measured and professional response, however, stating: ‘It’s really no different than what we curently have regarding the European Tour and PGA Tour, therefore it doesn’t c […]