Tour players banned after betting on multiple PGA Tour events

PGA Tour confirms two players suspended after being caught betting on golf tournaments. 

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Fri, 27 Oct 2023
Tour players banned after betting on multiple PGA Tour events

The PGA Tour has confirmed it has banned Korn Ferry Tour players Vince India and Jake Staiano after they placed bets on multiple PGA Tour competitions, which violates the circuit's Integrity Program.

Both of their suspensions were confirmed in an email statement sent out on October 27. 

The PGA Tour revealed India and Staiano had placed bets on PGA Tour events that neither of them had participated in. 

Either way, that is against the rules. 

According to Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) on Twitter, Staiano placed four bets in total, three of which were on the Bryson DeChambeau vs Brooks Koepka match in November 2021. 

Koepka won the 12-hole match 4&3.

That match took place before the emergence of LIV Golf and both players leaving the PGA Tour to join the Saudi-bankrolled circuit in the summer of 2022. 

The tweet read:

"Just spoke with Jake. And he wanted to clear some things up. 1. He admitted he broke the rules as they were written 2. He was suspended for 4 total bets. All made in 2021. Three of which were on the Bryson vs Brooks 12 hole match. He bet a TOTAL of $116.20 in the 4 bets."

The fourth bet, according to Monday Q Info, was made on whether DeChambeau would make a birdie on a particular hole at the 2021 FedEx St Jude Championship. 

Under the PGA Tour's Integrity Program, which was updated in September 2021, its primary purpose is to "prevent betting-related corruption in PGA Tour competitions."

Here's the ruling in full where betting is concerned on the PGA Tour:

"Any Covered Person, directly or indirectly, Betting on the outcome or any other aspect of any PGA Tour Event, any other professional golf competition or any elite amateur golf competition (including Olympic Golf) anywhere in the world (Professional Golf Event). In this Manual, Betting means (A) placing any money or other thing of value on the occurrence of an uncertain outcome with the expectation of return or (B) participating in any fantasy or other game that awards a prize of value, including any free-to-play, paid or daily fantasy game, unless expressly approved by the PGA Tour."

India is to be banned from PGA Tour-sanctioned tournaments for a total of six months, while Staiano is suspended for three months. India's ban started on September 18 and Staiano's began on September 11. 

The PGA Tour has said it will be making no further comment at this time. 

India, 34, has played full-time on the lower-tier Korn Ferry Tour since 2019 and he has accumulated just over $500k in career earnings on the circuit. India has also played in three PGA Tour events in that period but has yet to make a cut on the top tier. 

Staiano, 26, has been on the Korn Ferry Tour for the past two seasons but has only made six cuts and as a result has only picked up $30k. He has not yet competed in a PGA Tour event in his career. 

The Tour's decision to ban India and Staiano came the same day that Newcastle United's new signing Sandro Tonali began a 10-month ban for breaching betting rules.

Tonali, 23, recently signed from AC Milan but this month it emerged he had breached a rule that prohibits players placing bets on football events organised by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), UEFA and FIFA. 

On top of his 10-month ban from playing football, Tonali has been fined €20k. 

Brentford striker Ivan Toney was banned for a period of eight months earlier this season following 232 breaches of the FA's rules on betting on football matches. 

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