Heavy’s partners at DraftKings are going to make somebody a million dollars richer and will fatten thousands of wallets for others with the PGA $3M Millionaire Maker fantasy contest for golf’s third major, which gets underway Thursday in Scotland.
For a $20 entry fee, you get your shot at the top prize of $1 million, but DraftKings is paying out $3 million total in the contest. Second place brings home $100,000 and third $50,000. Over 37,600 entered teams will be paid at least $25.
The contest gets started at 1:32 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 16, so lineups need to be set by then. Remember, the tournament is is Britain, so that’s the reason for the early start.
The rules are simple: With a fixed salary cap of $50,000, choose 6 golfers you feel have the best chance to do well in Scotland. The better your selected players do on the course, the better your fantasy team does, the more money you make. 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.
Considering this is a major tournament, the field is stacked with the top players in the world, minus No. 1-ranked Rory McIlory, who is out after rupturing a ligament in his ankle.
Only 5 golfers in the field have 5-figure salaries on DraftKings.
The tournament was also played on the same Scottish links-style course in 2010. That year Louis Oosthuizen won by 7 strokes over Lee Westwood. Oosthuizen has the 6th-highest salary (minus Mclroy) at $9,900 and should be a solid play. Westwood comes in at a reasonable $8,000. Though he hasn’t played that well in 2015.
There are several bargains in the $7-8K range like Matt Kuchar ($7,900), J.B. Holmes ($7,500), Hunter Mahan ($7,400), Keegan Bradley ($7,400) and Kevin Kisner ($7,000).
If you’re looking for a few low-cost sleepers who won’t be on many rosters, take a glance at Ross Fisher ($6,800), George Coetzee ($6,800) and Edoardo Molinari ($6,500).
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