PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA Tour has taken its battle against gambling beyond Tour pro themselves. Starting in 2018, it will implement a new Integrity Program to “protect its competitions from potential outside influences related to gambling.” The Tour’s longstanding policy against players from wagering or participating in gambling related activities at Tour events will be expanded to cover all “facets of competition and operations.” This includes player support teams, tournament staff and volunteers, PGA Tour staffers and its policy board. The Program’s stated mission, announced Monday, is: “To maintain integrity and prevent and mitigate betting-related corruption in PGA Tour competitions
Standing over a 5-foot putt to extend her team’s run in the member-guest tournament at Scottsdale National Golf Club, Jolene Gabbay can’t hear a pin drop. At least not when a car horn sounds as she prepares to pull the putter head back. That distraction is followed in quick succession by a loudly crowing rooster, the pounding of a jack hammer, a thumping helicopter and even Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket’ yelling, “Get on your knees, scumbag!” The sound effects come one after another from three massive speakers atop a beefed-up entertainment cart parked two paces off the green. Queuing up the auditory barbs are two deejays from Hawaii flown in just for the event, while
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