PGA Tour says it sees no uptick in fans aiming to distract golfers

PGA Tour says it sees no uptick in fans aiming to distract golfers

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  • David Purdum, ESPN
August 21, 2023 7:32 PM
  • David Purdum, ESPN

The PGA Tour said Monday that it has not seen an uptick in spectators attempting to distract golfers — potentially for betting purposes — since legal sports gambling began spreading around the nation.

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A fan was ejected from the BMW Championship on Saturday for allegedly yelling “Pull it!” while Max Homa was attempting a short put on the 17th green. Homa said the fan had bet $3 on him to miss the putt.

Laura Neal, the PGA Tour’s executive vice president of brand communications, told ESPN on Monday that security teams will take “swift and immediate action to protect the integrity of the competition” but added that no new measures have been in place.