When you think of daily fantasy sports, you probably think of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. One sport that doesn’t come to mind is golf. First, it’s not a team sport, so its format doesn’t seem to gel with the traditional fantasy sports structure (draft a team, watch your lineup perform, etc.). Second, not many people play daily fantasy golf. That means there’s a lot less fervor surrounding it. But that’s likely to change in the near future.
This tutorial will show you exactly how to play real money daily fantasy golf legally online at the best fantasy sports sites in the business.
The Fundamentals Of Playing Daily Fantasy Golf
You draft a squad of golfers and earn points based on how they perform in the PGA tournament they are playing in. As with other sports, you work with a salary cap. You have to draft the best set of golfers you can in order to score the most points as possible. So, it is useful to understand how players score points in fantasy golf. Keep in mind this changes based on which site you are playing on, however in general this is how it works.
- Draft 6 golfers with a salary cap
- They score points per hole (eagles, birdie, par)
- They lose points per hole (bogey, double bogey, triple bogey, etc)
- They score points for tournament finish
- Streaks and Bonuses – 3 birdies in a row +, hole in one, bogey free round, low round of day
- Score as many points as possible with your 6 golfers
- Contests begin on Thursday morning and end on Sunday (usually)
- *Each daily fantasy site has it’s own scoring rules, be sure you know them before drafting.
Here are the quick details:
- You can risk and win real money
- Legal in the USA (a few states excluded)
- US Based companies offer the fantasy contests
- Two of the 3 largest fantasy sites offer Fantasy PGA Golf Tournaments
- Risk as little as $1 up to hundreds per contest
Because golf is still relatively new at the top daily fantasy sports sites, there’s a good chance you haven’t played it yet. That’s why we’ve written this “Dummies Guide” to daily fantasy golf contests. It’s designed to take you from ground zero to playing in them as quickly as possible. Let’s start with a few basics…
Scoring Compared at Golf Sites
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|Roster Size||6||Draft 4 for rounds 1-2|
Draft 4 for rounds 3-4
|Worse than Double||-1||-3||0|
|Streak of 3 Birdies||3||0||0|
|5+ birdies in a round||4|
|Bounce Back (hole under par after hole over par)||.3|
|Consecutive holes in a row under par||.6|
|Bogey Free Round||3||5||6|
|All rounds under 70||3||0||25|
|Hole in One||10||0||20|
|Low Round of Day||0||0||0|
Please note that Fanduel golf scoring rules are completely different than the way Draftkings did things.
Your job is to put together a high scoring team while remaining within your budget. The entire experience is very similar to playing in other daily leagues. Even if you’ve never played in a daily fantasy golf contest, doing so will feel familiar to you.
Two of the three largest daily fantasy sports sites now offer daily fantasy PGA golf contests that work with the major tournaments throughout the year. If you’re an avid golf fan, this is huge news. You can finally put your passion for golf to use. Draft solid players and you might end up dominating your daily fantasy golf league and taking down a juicy cash prizes along the way. What could be better than relaxing on your couch and making money while watching the Sony Open, Humana Challenge, or CIMB Classic?
Daily Style Fantasy Golf Contests
In some ways, playing fantasy golf is a lot easier than playing other fantasy sports. Why? Because you don’t need to know which players dominate their respective positions. You just have to know who’s a solid performer on the green and who isn’t.
For example, you know that Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are both good, well-rounded players. If you can draft them on the cheap (unlikely), you should definitely do so. You also know that John Daly, famous for his long drives, absolutely stinks at putting. His putts kills his overall performance.
With golf, you don’t need to know who’s the best running back, point guard, or catcher. You don’t have to worry about tight ends, power forwards, or first basemen. Instead, you can simply focus on how specific golfers perform on various courses and how they’re ranked on the PGA Tour.
That leads us to an important detail about fantasy golf that’s worth highlighting…
Entering A Daily Fantasy Golf Contest: The Nuts And Bolts
DraftKings recently introduced daily fantasy golf contests for its customers. FanDuel, has also finally done so.
Because DraftKings was one of the first reputable daily fantasy sports sites to offer golf, we’ll describe what it’s like to play there. If you’ve read any of our other tutorials on this site, you’ll already have a good grasp of what the lobby looks like and how the contests are organized.
Let’s say that you only want to see PGA contests displayed in the lobby. Click the “Sport” drop-down menu located directly beneath the colorful promotions. (It’s on the left side of your screen.) Choose the last selection, the one labeled “PGA.”
Sort the list by clicking the “ENTRY FEE” column heading. That will prevent you from inadvertently joining a contest that carries a large entry fee (trust us, it happens).
Personally, I like the guaranteed events. A lot of them have ultra-low entry fees ($1 or $2) and give you a shot at winning a piece of a huge prize pool. For example, I’m looking at a PGA $3K Mini Chip Shot with a $2 entry fee and a $3,000 prize pool. That’s not a bad risk. Of course, this particular contest allows 1,725 folks to join, so you’ll be squaring off against a lot of competition. But that’s part of the fun.
Click the title of any contest in the lobby to check out additional details about it. A box will pop up, showing the payout schedule and the screen names of the folks who have joined the contest so far. If everything looks good to you, click the orange “DRAFT TEAM” button at the bottom right corner of the box. That will take you to a page where you can start putting together your squad.
Alternatively, you can reach the “draft team” page directly from the lobby by clicking the button labeled “ENTER >>” at the far right of the contest title.
Drafting Your Golfers
To know who to pick, you will need to take a look at how golfers score points. The following is how DraftKings scores points for PGA.
On the page where you draft your squad, you can look up stats for any available golfer. Just click his name. A new box will pop up, displaying numbers related to his recent performance.
You’ll see 4 tabs listed across the top of the player’s stats. Those tabs can be used to display different sets the data. I usually keep everything in the “At A Glance” mode. Let’s close out the “player details” box and return to the “draft team” page. To add someone to your lineup, click the green “plus sign” located to the right of his salary. He’ll immediately show up in your roster.
You’ll notice that your Remaining Salary – a dollar figure that’s displayed directly above your lineup – will drop by the amount of the most recently-drafted player’s salary. For example, if you draft Ryan Palmer for $8,600, your Remaining Salary will decline by $8,600. The goal is to draft your entire squad without going over budget. Keep in mind, if you’re going to take Tiger at $11,000 or Phil Mickelson at $10,000, you’ll need to tighten your belt when you bring other players aboard.
Once you’ve put together your team, give it a final look to make sure you’re satisfied with it. Then, hit the big orange “SUBMIT” button.
You’ll be asked to confirm your entry for the contest. It’s worth pointing out that if you live in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Washington, or Quebec, you’re not allowed to play. If you live anywhere else, you’re good to go. Simply click the “ENTER NOW” button.
You’ll be forwarded to a page that says “YOU’RE IN!” in huge green letters. On the right side of the page, you’ll see a large countdown timer. You can make changes to your lineup as long as there’s time left on the clock.
Make a note of when the tournaments for your contest start. When they’re about to get underway, log into DraftKings and click the “My Contests” tab from the main lobby. (You’ll find the tab near the top of your screen, directly underneath your balance.) Click the contest and monitor your squad’s performance in real time.
Daily Style Fantasy Golf 101: The New Guard Of The PGA
Up until the last few years, playing fantasy golf was somewhat tedious. You had a pretty good idea about who was going to do well in a given tournament before the tournament even started. The same players tended to dominate the top ranks, tour after tour. If you had the foresight to draft Tiger Woods, then you had a fair shot at winning a piece of the contest’s cash prize. If you somehow failed to draft Tiger Woods, your chances of winning dropped dramatically.
Things are a lot different today. There’s a new generation of up and comers on the PGA Tour, and some of them are expected to rocket to the top. For example, a lot of folks are talking about Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, and Ben Martin. Some people have their eyes on Chesson Hadley, Graham Delaet, And Hideki Matsuyama.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Any one of these young gunslingers could end up outpacing Tiger Woods, whose performance has been unsteady since getting caught with his pants down in 2009.
That’s what makes daily fantasy golf exciting. It’s a lot more fun when you’re uncertain about the outcome of a given tournament.
Final Thoughts About Playing Daily Style Fantasy PGA Golf
The great thing about playing daily fantasy golf is that you’re not stuck with a losing roster for more than a day (or a week, depending on the contest). If your squad falls behind, you can at least console yourself with the fact that you’ll be able to chuck it at the end of the day. At that point, you can start over with a brand new lineup.Remember the days when you were stuck with a losing roster for the entire season? Those days are long gone. Now, you can draft your squad, track their performance, and be done with the contest in 24 hours or less.
Daily fantasy golf may not seem as exciting as fantasy football or baseball. But it offers the same opportunity to make a quick profit with very little risk. And the best part? You don’t have to know much about golf to grab a piece of the real money prize pool!
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