You’ll have a chance to pocket the $1 million top prize with the $2.5 Millionaire Maker, which starts on Thursday, June 18, at 10 a.m. Eastern when the pros tee off in the Pacific Northwest for golf’s second major of the season.
For a $20 entry fee, you can win $1 million, which is more than what nearly every player in the actual tournament field will take home.
Second prize in the contest is $100,000 and third place gets $50,000. Not exactly chump change. In all, over 29,400 entered fantasy teams will be paid.
The rules are simple: With a fixed salary cap of $50,000, choose six golfers you feel have the best chance to play well in Washington. The better your selected players do, the better your fantasy team does. The idea is to not only pick golfers who can make the birdies and pars, but play the entire 4 rounds. Picking a pro who misses the cut isn’t going to help. You can see the scoring key at the bottom of the post.
The pros will be playing on a links-style course, so it’s important during your research to identify the players who can hit well out of the sand and are quality scramblers. The course features undulated fairways and greens, along with high dunes, similar to the types of layouts you see in Britain. Oh, and let’s not forget the potential for unpredictable winds from the Puget Sound, where the course lies.
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As for player prices, the two tournament favorites, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, carry the biggest salaries. McIlroy is at $13,000, Spieth $12,600. If you want them both, you’re going to have to do some serious bargain shopping. And there just aren’t enough players in the $6,000-$6,500 range to fill out a contending lineup. But you can build your team around one of them. At this moment, I’d lean Spieth, who is playing better golf right now.
If you don’t want to shell out that kind of money for McIlroy or Spieth, Dustin Johnson ($11,300) and Phil Mickelson ($10,200) are great options to build around and will give you a little more cap room for the rest of your team.
There are a number of players with sub-$10K salaries who have big-scoring potential and play well in links-style conditions. Some of them include Jimmy Walker ($9,100), Matt Kuchar ($8,800), Brandt Snedeker ($8,100) and Graeme McDowell ($7,400).
As for the bargain bin (under $7K), Michael Putnam ($6,300) isn’t a household name nor is he playing all that well, but he does live a mile from the course and has played it more than anyone in the field.
Others inexpensive, potential hidden gems include George McNeill ($6,600) and Erik Compton ($6,100).
DraftKings Scoring Key
Golfers on each team will accumulate points as follows:
Per Hole Scoring
Double Eagle (DBL EAG): +20 PTs
Eagle (EAG): +8 PTs
Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
Double Bogey (DBL BOG): -1 PT
Worse than Double Bogey (WORSE DBL BOG): -1 PT
Tournament Finish Scoring
1st: 30 PTs
2nd: 20 PTs
3rd: 18 PTs
4th: 16 PTs
5th: 14 PTs
6th: 12 PTs
7th: 10 PTs
8th: 9 PTs
9th: 8 PTs
10th: 7 PTs
11th–15th: 6 PTs
16th–20th: 5 PTs
21st–25th: 4 PTs
26th–30th: 3 PTs
31st–40th: 2 PTs
41st-50th: 1 PTs
Streaks and Bonuses
Streak of 3 Birdies of Better (MAX 1 Per Round) (3+ BIR STRK): +3 PTs
Bogey Free Round (BOG FREE RD): +3 PTs
All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes (ALL 4 RDS UND 70): +5 PTs
Hole in One (HOLE IN ONE): +10 PTs
Scoring Notes: Ties for a finishing position will not reduce or average down points. For example, if 2 golfers tie for 3rd place, each will receive the 18 fantasy points for the 3rd place finish result. Playoff Holes will not count towards final scoring, with the exception of the “finishing position” scoring. For example, the golfer who wins the tournament will receive the sole award of 1st place points, but will not accrue points for their scoring result in the individual playoff holes.
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