I have become absolutely hooked on daily fantasy golf, putting in between 10 and 20 lineups every week at DraftKings.com. It’s a ton of fun following your players throughout the weekend and sweating a top lineup into a big cash come Sunday.
There is a lot of strategy that goes into picking your golfers each week. Current form, how the golf course suits their game, the weather leading up to and during the tournament, and which time each player is set to start are just a few of the endless factors that can go into picking the best possible fantasy golf team each week.
On this page, I’ll go over the basics such as how you go about picking your lineups, as well as how the scoring works. Then at the bottom I’ll give a few tips that I use when picking my daily fantasy teams that have helped me be fairly successful to this point in my daily fantasy golf career.
Top Daily Fantasy Golf Site
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DraftKings is the only top Daily Fantasy Site that currently offers Daily Fantasy Golf.
DraftKings really goes big when it comes to Daily Fantasy Golf. They offer a “Millionaire Maker” contest for every Major Championship throughout the season, with top prize winning a cool $1,000,000 from a $20 entry. These contest just continue to grow with the guaranteed prize pool jumping up around $50,000 as we move through the Grand Slams this year.
They also have a big $3 entry event every other week with close to $500,000 in cash prizes. Needless to say, Daily Fantasy Golf is healthy and moving in the right direction with DraftKings.
At DraftKings.com your fantasy golf team consists of 6 players. Each player has a designated salary and you must stay under the $50,000 salary cap when picking your team. Here are a few examples of players prices from a 2015 tournament:
- Jordan Spieth $12,500
- Rickie Fowler $10,500
- Bubba Watson $9,500
- Brooks Koepka $8,400
- Danny Lee $7,700
That gives you an idea of some of the salaries players can have, but to really get a good picture click here to see the lineups for a $3 contest at DraftKings.
The scoring for golf at DraftKings is a little big complicated, with a few different bonuses that you have to think about, but overall if your golfer are at the top of the leaderboard then you can be confident they are also performing well in terms of fantasy points.
Per Hole Scoring
- Double Eagle: +20 points
- Eagle: +8 points
- Birdie: +3 points
- Par: +0.5 points
- Bogey: -0.5 points
- Double bogey or worse: -1 points
Streaks and Bonuses
- Streak of 3 birdies or better: +3 points
- Bogey free round: +3 points
- All 4 rounds under 70: +5 points
- Hole in One: +10 points
- 1st: 30 points
- 2nd: 20 points
- 3rd: 18 points
- 4th: 16 points
- 5th: 14 points
- 6th: 12 points
- 7th: 10 points
- 8th: 9 points
- 9th: 8 points
- 10th: 7 points
- 11th-15th: 6 points
- 16th-20th: 5 points
- 21st-25th: 4 points
- 26th-30th: 3 points
- 31st-40th: 2 points
- 41st-50th: 1 point
There you have it. All of the scoring rules, straight from the DraftKings.com website.
Daily Fantasy Golf Tips
I’ve had some success with daily fantasy golf, but I’m by no means an expert. Everyone has their own strategy and as you play more you will figure out what works for you when picking your lineup. That said, here are a few things that I look at:
- Compare Prices to Odds – One of the main things I do when picking my lineup is look for under-priced players by comparing their “outright winner” odds to their price. If a player has the 20th best odds to win the tournament at Bet365, but DraftKings has them as the 30th highest priced player, you can expect that player will be on some of my lineups. Our golf betting page outlines some of the various odds you can look at and compare to the DraftKings prices.
- Figure Out What Stats Benefit The Course – I try to read as many reviews of the weeks course as I can and then try to analyze which type of players will fare the best based on the course set up. For example, if the course plays very long I might look to Dustin Johnson. If it’s difficult tee to green I might lean towards Hideki Matsuyama.
- Past Performance at the Course – This plays into the previous tip in that you need to find players who can play well on the course. Past performances is an ideal way to know how each players game matches up with the course. Don’t look at the players results in past tournaments if the tourney jumps between courses. Try to stick with looking at their results on the specific course that the tournament will be played on this week.
- Current Form – You always want to take players who are playing at the top of their game. I like to look for players who have been performing well, but not winning in recent weeks because I find that players prices will jump significantly after a win, while they may remain low even after a few top 10 finishes in a row.
- Research Like Crazy – The more information you have to pick your golfers the better. My buddy is always trying new strategies with his teams. Most recently he’s looking at how players perform in the first two rounds when they play early on day 1 and late on day 2 vs late on day 1 and early on day 2, and it’s actually brought some pretty interesting results. Just keep researching and trying to improve your knowledge of the game and the players and you will do well.