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.
Players are not required to sign a no-betting form at the U.S. Open, PGA Championship or Ryder Cup, even when the matches are played overseas like this year in Scotland.
Officials at Augusta National have not responded to a request from Golf Channel regarding its betting policy.