The PGA Tour has stepped up its support of gambling in recent months, but world No.3 Justin Thomas has voiced his concerns over the possibility of the behaviour of on-course fans getting out of hand, in an attempt to put off certain players.
Gambling in golf is a growing market and the PGA Tour has recently made deals with some of the biggest betting companies in sport, including DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet and BetMGM, whilst a live betting show produced by NBC Sports made its debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last week.
Thomas, who is a member of the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council and a huge sports fan himself, is worried that further down the line it could cause golf fans to behave in a way that starts to affect the players, in an attempt to increase their chances of winning bets.
"Obviously as a player, selfishly, I worry about any sort of sketchiness going on with whether it's communication within someone that's out on the grounds and could potentially yell or do something to affect a person that would have, say, a wager or something and that's a serious, serious concern," said the 27-year-old.
"We're out here playing—this is our job and we're out here trying to win golf tournaments and a lot of people are supporting families and supporting themselves. I would hope it would never come to that.
"But at the end of the day you can't sit there and tell me that that's not a realistic chance."
It's a fair point from Thomas, as what is to stop a golf fan who has placed a huge bet on a tournament from shouting at the top of a player's backswing coming down the last when they've placed a big stake on someone else.