The Spanish Jon Rahm assured that golfers usually notice spectators talking about betting on tournaments and that it is an issue that the PGA Tour should "study" to prevent the situation from "getting out of hand", because, he considered, in golf "is very simple" to condition the players.
Jon Rahm, statements
"We notice them every round (fans talking about their bets), it happens a lot more than you think, it's very, very present. In golf the spectators are very close and even if they don't speak directly to you, you are close enough that if you say to your friend, 'I bet you ten dollars he's going to fail,' you listen to him," Rahm said at the press conference prior to the start of the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the third and final round of the FedEx playoffs.
"It happens more often than you think. Fortunately, the fans are good in most cases, and they say 'I've got twenty dollars on your birdie.' It's something you don't see on TV maybe, but it happens." he went on. Rahm was asked about this issue after, at the BMW Championship in Chicago, an amateur tried to distract Max Homa in a putt because he had bet on his failure.
"In a sport like this, in which you can have your favorites, but there are no teams, I think the Tour should study it, because you don't want it to get out of hand. In golf it's very simple if you want to condition something But at the same time it would be very difficult to control the 50,000 people who are in a camp," Rahm mused.
Already number 1 in the world rankings of amateur golf, for a record 60 weeks, he reached the first place of the official ranking after winning the Memorial Tournament in July 2020, then returning to occupy the top position following the victory of the U.S. Open in June 2021: he was the first Spaniard to triumph in the prestigious tournament.
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