Sportradar Integrity Services, a unit of Sportradar, has agreed to a multi-year integrity partnership with the International Golf Federation (IGF).
Under the terms of the initial two-year deal, Sportradar Integrity Services will provide bet monitoring for several IGF competitions via its advanced and proven bet monitoring solution, Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS).
The agreement will initially cover the 2022 and 2023 editions of the Espirito Santo Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy.
“The International Golf Federation are fully committed to the fight against the integrity threats facing our sport, and by partnering with Sportradar Integrity Services, we are putting ourselves in the best position to keep our competitions free of such concerns,” commented Antony Scanlon, Executive Director of IGF.
“The UFDS bet monitoring solution will provide vital oversight of the global betting market, with their integrity specialists available to alert us to any irregularities that may arise.”
The UFDS’ global team of qualified integrity experts analyses betting patterns for abnormalities and any suspicious matches are subsequently reported to partners, allowing critical visibility into worldwide match-fixing. More than 7,300 suspicious matches have been detected during the past 17 years with over 600 of these taking place in 2022 alone.
Earlier this year, Sportradar Integrity Services agreed to a similar betting integrity deal with NASCAR.
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Sportradar Integrity Services, added: “In recent years we have witnessed an increase in match-fixing issues, with a greater range of sports targeted as part of this.
“As such, Sportradar Integrity Services are delighted to partner with the International Golf Federation. Golf has a large viewership around the world and we look forward to assisting in the protection of International Golf Federation competitions from all integrity-related risks over the coming years.”