After sinking a five-footer to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bryson Dechambeau seemed radiant within the winner’s press convention. He was then requested a query about how the victory set him up for the remainder of the season, and responded with a barely off matter yell.
“Yeah, effectively, that is wonderful,” DeChambeau stated. “To begin with, I need to thank DraftKings. I believe there are some individuals who possibly received some stuff in the present day. So it was actually cool.
He’s maybe the most important star in golf not named Tiger Woods, who talks brazenly about sports activities playing, and nobody smiles. It is no shock, actually, whenever you see the DRAFTKINGS patch on their hat or face of their advertisements.
That is the brand new actuality of golf, the place a revolution within the sport is going down. For the reason that Supreme Courtroom overturned a federal legislation banning sports activities betting in 2018, the PGA Tour has embraced the fantasy betting / sports activities area like by no means earlier than. It is a outstanding change from just some years in the past, when the Tour (and different American sports activities leagues) utterly ignored the gaming world.
Within the newest episode of Native Information, we check out why the change occurred, the dizzying potential for the way forward for golf within the sport, and what that would imply for the longer term – the profitable advantages and the potential risks.
PGA Tour Senior Vice President Media and Video games Norb Gambuzza takes us behind the scenes of the management conferences that led to the change; skilled participant and media persona Rick Gehman explains why golf is completely suited to the sport and on a regular basis fantasy; and our personal Stephen Hennessey explains why, for higher or worse, golf’s relationship with the sport will solely proceed to deepen within the years to come back.