Following the passage of HB 2772 by the Arizona Legislature, which permits fantasy sports and sports betting in the state, pending signature of Governor Doug Ducey, the PGA Tour and DraftKings announced that they will increase their present relationship to provide DraftKings market access for retail and mobile sports betting in Arizona, pending state approvals.
Additionally, the PGA Tour and DraftKings have also declared plans to setup and manage a premium retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale.
“When DraftKings became the first Official Betting Operator of the PGA Tour last summer, a number of possibilities opened up to innovate together,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings.
“This momentous effort to pursue a first-of-its-kind sportsbook with the PGA Tour is a testament to the vision of both organizations that we believe will ultimately benefit Arizona sports fans who want to legally bet on sports.”
The PGA Tour and DraftKings proposal includes plans for “visually stunning 19th hole experience at TPC Scottsdale where fans can gather year-round to place wagers, watch sports and enjoy quality food and beverage options.”
Several locations are being studied at TPC Scottsdale for the retail sportsbook, with details to be announced at a later time.
“The PGA Tour commends the State of Arizona and Governor Ducey for their forward-thinking approach to legal sports betting.” said Norb Gambuzza, Senior Vice President of Media and Gaming at the PGA Tour.
“We are thrilled to work with DraftKings – along with the City of Scottsdale and the Thunderbirds – to explore a one-of-a-kind sportsbook experience at TPC Scottsdale and the world-class Waste Management Phoenix Open.
‘The People’s Open’ is one of the most attended events in golf and with this announcement we look forward to taking the fan experience to another level.”
DraftKings will also become the exclusive sports betting partner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open hosted annually at TPC Scottsdale.