British Open players sign waivers not to bet on the tournament, but their caddies don’t


Tiger Woods walks with his caddie Joe LaCava and instructor Sean Foley during a practice round ahead of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Both the PGA and European tours have policies that forbid players from betting on outcomes of competitions they’re participating in. But until now, it was a free for all when it came to Open Championships in Britain, where gambling facilities are scattered across the country, including some near this year’s British Open venue, Royal Liverpool. ESPN writes:

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, multiple players confirmed to ESPN.com.

But not all players plan to stick to the new program.

“There’s probably … at least 30 guys in violation [of the no-bet waiver] already, and that number will be bigger by Thursday,” one anonymous player told ESPN.

And even if you do follow the rules, there’s an easy way around the waiver.

“I can still go make the bet,” a caddie, who declined to be named, told ESPN.

So basically, if a player has a lot of confidence that they’ll win, they can just give their money to a friend to place the bet for them.

Here are the odds for some of the more popular golfers, according to PaddyPower.com:

  • Justin Rose, 14/1
  • Rory McIlroy, 16/1
  • Adam Scott, 16/1
  • Henrik Stenson, 16/1
  • Tiger Woods, 22/1
  • Martin Kaymer, 22/1
  • Sergio Garcia, 25/1
  • Phil Mickelson, 25/1
  • Jordan Speith, 33/1
  • Bubba Watson, 40/1
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