Fantasy golf is a game in which you assemble a team of real-life golfers. The performance of your players in real-life tournaments determines the amounts of points you score. Some of the golf tournaments are the US PGA Tour and the European tour. Several different fantasy sports sites offer golf. A few them are DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo. Also, PGA itself offers fantasy golf. The way you assemble players and score points varies per website, so make sure to read the rules.

Tournaments

Fantasy golf takes place in different tournaments. Depending on the tournaments, the player draw and the way you score points is different. Most fantasy sports websites that offer golf solely focus on the big tournaments. There are also a few alternative ways to play fantasy golf, for example with weekly draws.

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How do fantasy sports work?

The basis for fantasy golf is the same as in any other fantasy sport. The purpose is to collect as many points possible for your players and beat your opponents. Depending on what the particular league or fantasy site offers, you can earn some nice money. But don’t underestimate its difficulty, playing fantasy sports requires a lot of skill and knowledge. Below you can find different ways fantasy sports contests take place.

Head to head

In fantasy golf, you can be in a head to head competition with another person. This is a very straight forward way of playing fantasy sports. One of you wins, the other loses. If you consider yourself an expert at the sport, you have a good chance to win. If you’re a beginner, however, there’s a good chance you lose.

50/50

The number of participants in a 50/50 contest can vary between 10 and 100. You can win money in this type of competition if your score is better than the average. Keep in mind that Each fantasy site explains their specific rules for the contest, so read those before you start. There usually are different options to choose from in terms of bankroll; low, medium and high budget.

Point system

The way a player’s statistical performance varies per sport. In golf, you collect your points in ‘per hole’ scoring. Depending on the fantasy site, a double eagle, for example, results in 20 points and an Eagle in 8 points.  For a bogey or double bogey, you get minus points.  If you play fantasy golf in a tournament, you will also see the number of points 1st, 2nd or 3rd place will result in.

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Selecting your players

Like with any other fantasy sport, a keen understanding and expertise in players definitely get you ahead. The salary you get to purchase golfers for your ‘team’ has to be spent smartly. Fantasy websites often provide some chart with statistics which will guide you to make decisions. Relevant things to consider are the performance of players in the last 3 or 6 months. Another handy tool to pick players is to see what sportsbooks say about each player. Sports betting is different than fantasy sports, but the statistics sportsbooks provide can be helpful.

Draft tips

The first thing to look at when you think of a draft strategy for fantasy golf is a golfer’s current form. Just as important is how they’ve performed in the past on a particular course. To rock the game, a golfer needs to be in his best shape, which has everything to do with confidence. If both past performances and current form are a win-win, then you have a pretty solid choice on board in your league.

Stats about current form

Fantasy sports sites usually keep an accurate log of golfers perfomances. Here you can compare players, spot weaknesses and have a quick look into their performance in the last 5 or 10 events. Questions you want to keep in mind are what is their average finish, cut history and past successes.

The course

One thing that is so particular about golf is that each course is different. What might be helpful is to form an idea which player performs well on particular grounds and not so much on others. Although there might be statistics available online about this, I’d recommend doing your own research when it comes to this. The length of the course, greens, obstacles and hazards vary widely and it’s not easy to just sum up the struggles of players in bite-size categories. Therefore, watching a lot of golf and seeing where players struggle is a huge advantage here. As you’re doing this research, pay attention to the players you want to avoid.

Stats tool

It’s recommended to do independent research to an extent, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of useful stats out there for daily fantasy golf. The info you can find online is very helpful to build your line up. One reason stats can be of great use is that they can show which player is about to have a breakout performance. A few stats you don’t want to miss are ball striking, driving distance/accuracy and scrambling.

Expert info

PGA experts are the ones to follow when it comes to your information gathering. There are a lot of articles out there, but what you want to do is collect a couple of names that give proper advice. Some sites have weekly or monthly expert articles where they share their picks. This, along with their reasoning why, can be a great tool to refer to for your upcoming draft.