“I think it’s definitely going to help because it’s a big part of golf. Golf itself is a game sport, ”Danielle Kang, who is sponsored by MGM Resorts, told Golf Digest.

“I believe we have to promote the game because the game of golf itself is a game of chance. I want people to have fun playing one-on-one, one-on-one, betting on the people they want to bet on and I think that will spark more interest in the game.

Mel Reid, an avid bettor who plays with Brooks Koepka for cash games in Florida, is also all-in on the LPGA bandwagon. “People love to bet. They will bet on anything. They will bet on horses, dogs. Hopefully we’re not at the bottom of the food chain, ”said Reid.

“It would be nice if people bet on women’s golf, especially in a tournament like this. I think it’s really fun to bet on match play. “

Golf Channel has started to incorporate odds and other sports betting integrations like odds to get players to emerge from their groups in its broadcast this weekend, as it did for the PGA Tour with its deals with the official betting operators. The increased focus increases the possibility that fans – who have placed bets and are on the spot – are looking to affect the outcome, as Justin Thomas noted in February. It’s a worry that seven-time winner Angela Stanford knows she needs to be met with substantial punishment.

“If there’s an incident like this, if someone gets loud, it’s up to the players and the cadets in the group to call security and have that person kicked out for good. I think it has to be something like that and never come back to an LPGA tournament, ”Stanford said.

Stanford also shared his thoughts on the possibility that those in the strings of the LPGA will bet.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with people outside of the LPGA, just a fan,” Stanford said. “I don’t see anything wrong with what they’re betting. It makes them look at us. It makes them pay attention. As long as no one inside the LPGA is betting on ourselves or on the tour, I don’t see a problem with that.

The LPGA Tour put its players through sports betting integrity services as part of a partnership with Genius Sports in June 2019 to ensure that the Stanford scenario does not happen internally.

Kang also believes it will make the action more accessible to fans. “This is golf. You are always playing for something. If you’re not playing for nothing, it’s just practice on your own. If you’re not playing for nothing, why are you playing? “