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International golf circuit

PGA Tour to allow gambling on tour events in 2020

PGA Tour events are about to get a lot more interactive when plans for on-site gambling are put in place. According to a report from the AFP, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said that change will be on display as early as next year. “When done right, it gives fans the opportunity to engage with your sport over a longer period of time,” Monahan commented.

Monahan was in Japan for the inaugural Zozo Championship, where he discussed the gambling initiatives with foreign reporters.

“When done right, it gives fans the opportunity to engage with your sport over a longer period of time and have more interest in what’s happening across the entire player field,” Monahan said.

According to the report, on-site gambling would be focused around non-negative bets, with the underlying goal being to bring a bigger audience to the sport, including those who might not normally attend an event.

“As it is becoming legalized by state in the US, you can either participate or not, and we feel smarter to be participating,” Monahan said.

In states where gambling is legalized, it seems reasonable to expect some type of centralized golf sportsbook at a tournament site. Currently, 16 states have legalized sports gambling, as well as Washington D.C., with more expected to pass legislation in 2020. The PGA Tour regularly visits five of those 16 states.

Source: GMB / Golf.com