Although PGA Tour fantasy golf is a simpler form of daily fantasy sports to learn, it isn't a very familiar one to many. But even if you're not familiar with the golfing scene, daily fantasy golf is very much worth a try, and we'd like to help you out with it. So read on as we now present to you some interesting and useful tidbits about daily fantasy golf, and how to play it if you're a newcomer.
How to draft your roster of golfers
Just like in any other daily fantasy sport, you'll have to pay an entry fee if you want to compete for prizes, and draft players without going over the stipulated fantasy salary cap. Using DraftKings' fantasy golf as an example, you'll need a lineup of six golfers to fill out your roster, and that's out of approximately 130 to 150 golfers in a tournament. Those who don't have much knowledge on the sport, of course, will have to do some research, but fortunately, there aren't too many numbers to keep in mind when playing fantasy golf, and there are tons of places where you can check out stats and predictions for any given tournament.
How do the tournaments play out?
A PGA golf tournament takes four days to complete, and everyone entered in a tournament will have an equal number of holes to shoot - that's 36 for the first cutoff of golfers. Those who make the top 70 (including ties) get to play another 36 holes, while those who finish among the bottom 70 or so don't go on to this stage of the tournament. Still, this is as equal-opportunity as one can get; nobody in a tournament has to worry about playing time or getting sent to the bench for one reason or another.
Where should you research?
We won't leave you without offering you some tips on where to gather your research data for your PGA Tour fantasy golf team. PGATour.com is the official website of the PGA, and it has all the stats that you need, as well as important information on just about every golfer eligible for tournaments. And while talking about the stats to research on warrants a separate article on its own, we'll wrap up by saying it's best to check scoring average (a golfer's total score in all rounds divided by the total number of rounds played) before all the others.