Betting Is Not a Good Habit in Golf
But players are being told such places are off-limits, at least for bets on this week's Open. In a move believed to be a first, R&A officials have required competitors to sign a waiver stating they will not place wagers on the championship with a taylormade m2 driver for sale, multiple players confirmed to ESPN.com.
"It's really no different than what we already have on the European Tour and PGA Tour, so it doesn't change anything," Graeme McDowell said. "Honestly I love to gamble ... just not on golf!"
The R&A had yet to reply when asked for an official response by ESPN.com.
"It doesn't matter to me," Jason Day said. "I don't follow that stuff either way."
Both the PGA Tour and European Tour have policies that prohibit players from gambling on tournaments. But at the Open, that didn't necessarily stop them from doing so in the past.
"I was shocked when they handed me the sheet to sign," said one player, who wanted to remain anonymous.
Caddies apparently were not required to sign the waiver.
"I can still go make the bet," said one caddie, who declined to be named.
One player TaylorMade AeroBurner Irons for sale representative, who also did not want his name revealed, said: "There's probably ... at least 30 guys in violation of the no-bet waiver already, and that number will be bigger by Thursday."
Local betting establishment William Hill lists Rory McIlroy as the tournament favorite at 12-1 odds. Tiger Woods and defending champion Phil Mickelson are both at 16-1 odds.