The PGA Tour has suspended two Korn Ferry Tour gamers for betting on tournaments they didn’t play in. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Dealing out punishments
The PGA Tour has handed out suspensions to 2 golfers – Vince India and Jake Staiano – for betting on tournaments. Each play on the Korn Ferry Tour, the developmental tour for the PGA Tour. The Commissioner’s Workplace introduced the bans on Friday.
positioned bets on PGA Tour occasions that they weren’t enjoying in
India will serve a six-month ban backdated to September 18, whereas Jake Staiano will serve a three-month ban from all PGA Tour-sanctioned occasions backdated to September 11. They each violated the PGA Tour’s “Integrity Program,” which outlines the dos and don’ts for gamers on the subject of playing. The golfers allegedly positioned bets on PGA Tour occasions that they weren’t enjoying in, which remains to be a violation.
Not revealing an excessive amount of
No particular particulars got in regards to the wagers in query or why India acquired double the ban of Staiano. The “Integrity Program” does provide sure types of mitigation for offending events that would result in the shortening of bans, corresponding to self-reporting the exercise or absolutely cooperating with the investigators. Bans enhance in size if a big sum of cash was at stake or if there was nefarious intent behind the offense.
The bans acquired by Staiano and India are reportedly the primary ones that the PGA Tour has handed out for gambling-related causes because the launch of authorized sports activities betting throughout the US. The Tour first laid out its “Integrity Program” again in 2018 following the ending of the federal ban on betting.
The Korn Ferry Tour is a approach for golfers to develop and have an opportunity to earn a PGA Tour card by ending excessive sufficient within the end-of-season rankings.
Up to now, the PGA Tour previously had a monitor file of preserving hush-hush over suspensions. Rumors have made the rounds over time of sure gamers going lacking from event golf for unexplained causes, with many individuals believing they have been serving bans for one offense or one other. This might embrace breaches of the group’s doping coverage and participating in sure kinds of unsanctioned occasions.
Embracing the world of sports activities betting
Each gamers are journeymen professionals; Vince India has performed in 176 Korn Ferry Tour occasions since turning professional in 2011 and simply three PGA Tour occasions. The 27-year-old Staiano is newer to the skilled scene, solely becoming a member of the paid ranks in 2019. He has performed in 17 Korn Ferry Tour occasions throughout his profession, registering a finest end of 19th on the BMW Charity Professional-Am in June.
The PGA Tour works alongside Genius Sports activities and U.S. Integrity to regulate betting exercise to ensure that gamers should not getting in on the motion and there’s nothing suspicious that may point out one thing nefarious is at play.
The PGA Tour definitely hasn’t shied away from embracing the burgeoning world of sports activities betting. It has relationships with many main sportsbook operators, together with BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings. This consists of an settlement with DraftKings that led to the opening of a retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, the house course of the favored WM Phoenix Open every year.