You may one day be able to bet on the PGA Tour — with the Tour’s blessing.
According to Bloomberg, the PGA Tour has submitted a “request for proposal” to several data companies, asking them to bid on the ability to package information from tournaments for the purpose of sharing it with gambling houses.
Plenty of betting already takes place around golf tournaments, but it is not sanctioned through the PGA Tour. Granting access to real-time data would increase viewers’ options to bet on play as it unfolds.
There is a lot of money to be had, which explains the Tour’s interest: Bloomberg reports that betting on golf already generates $2.8 billion in just one year.
PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said that the Tour was “far away” from any deal.