HOYLAKE, England – While the R&A said the organization has made players sign a no-betting waiver since 2011 – many players questioned by GolfChannel.com don’t recall doing so in the past – it is a common practice on the PGA and European tours.
“They sign the same thing that they sign when playing on a European Tour event, they follow the same regulations as the European Tour,” Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the R&A’s executive director of championships, said on Wednesday.
According to PGA Tour regulations a player may not, “bet money or anything of value on a golf tournament or similar event, whether or not the player is in such competition.”
Of course, Tour rules also dictate a player cannot, “gamble or play cards on the premises where a PGA Tour cosponsored or coordinated tournament is being played,” and Tuesday “money games” are a common practice.
The European Tour has a similar regulation, but across the game’s biggest events the R&A appears to be blazing its own trail.
Officials at Augusta National have not responded to a request from Golf Channel regarding its betting policy.