HOYLAKE, England – Hard to believe, but gambling by players or caddies is prohibited at the Open Championship, and it has been for a while.
It’s not a joke. Since the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, the R&A has mirrored the European Tour’s Anti-Gaming Policy with a condition of entry for, and participation in, the Open Championship.
When the competitors recently arrived at Royal Liverpool and registered for the 2014 Open, they were greeted with a three-page document titled Anti-Gaming Policy.
The states that the R&A, in support of golf’s anti-gaming efforts, has adopted the PGA European Tour’s Anti-Gaming Policy for the Open Championship 2014.
The European Tour has had an Anti-Gaming Policy in place since 2011, as well. The policy, with 10 provisions, prohibits players and caddies from the following:
- 1. No competitor or caddie shall directly or indirectly bet or facility betting by another person;
- 2. No competitor or caddie shall have any financial interest, either direct or indirect, in the performance or winnings of any competitor, which includes purse-splitting, prize money insurance, financial assistance or bets; and
- 3. A competitor shall be responsible for any actions of a caddie who is employed by him.
Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, noted the concerns of the International Olympic Committee in advance of golf’s return to the Olympics for the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Games after a century’s absence.
“I can say that this whole business of keeping sport clean in terms of betting is very high on the IOC’s agenda at the moment, and something that we’re following very closely because it’s just a killer to sport to think that any outcomes might have been predetermined,” Dawson said. “And I really don’t think that’s applying in golf. But we have to be vigilant.”