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€25,000 PGA SEASON LONG STRATEGY GUIDE

GOLF SEASON LONG STRATEGY GUIDE

Fanteam’s inaugural season-long PGA Tour game gets underway this Thursday at The Players Championship, with €25,000 to play for! We’ve got golf expert Jack Humphrey to give us some strategy tips for this unique contest.

Entry to this contest is set at €20/£16.80 and the prize pool is fixed at €25,000 guaranteed. Once those seats are gone, they’re gone!

If you’ve been living under a fantasy rock for the last few weeks then jump here first to learn all about how the PGA tour season game will work…..

STRATEGY

PLANNING AHEAD 

Planning ahead is a key strategy for me with this contest but it is easier said than done! The data to see who’s playing what tournament is sketchy at best, so what I’ve been doing is looking in the short-term 3-4 weeks ahead. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is checking the list of golfers who have played that event in the last 5 years. Certain golfers will play courses they prefer, for example  Charley Hoffman who always plays the Puntacana and Jordan Spieth who always plays the Valero Open.

THE BALANCED APPROACH 

This might be boring but consistency in golf is key! Most golf events have a cut after 2 rounds, with the top 65 and ties normally making it to the weekend. This is important because if your chosen golfer misses the cut they are missing out on 2 rounds of points. The one negative with this approach is just because they are consistent cut makers they hardly win on tour. An example of a balanced build is below.

STARS AND SCRUBS

Going with this strategy is a very attacking way to do it but it could certainly pay off. Building a lineup with 7-8 top end guys and taking the hit on 2-3 lower priced guys is risky but if your underdog hits then you could have a massive advantage on the field. The negative to this is that the top end guys are very expensive and don’t play every tournament and the lower priced golfer’s  you’ll be using are normally very hit or miss. An example of a stars and scrubs build below.

GOLF RANKINGS

The golf rankings are key for seeing what golfers are playing what events. This is especially true in the majors, as the top 50 automatically get in normally with past winners. The negative for this is that just because they are in the top 50 doesn’t mean they are in the best form.

KORN FERRY GRADUATES

The Korn Ferry tour is the tour below the PGA and acts essentially as a feeder tour for the next crop of PGA stars. Some of it’s recent graduates to potentially target are Mito Perria, Lee Hodges and David Lipsky. The good thing about this approach is that these golfers will play a lot of events outside of the majors as they fight for their PGA tour card. The one negative with this approach is that it can take some time for these players to adjust and they’ll miss a ton of cuts. 

FIGHTING TO STAY ON TOUR

Every year on the PGA tour players drop down the rankings and end up fighting for their tour card. Rickie Fowler is that player this year! The good thing about these players is that these golfers will play a ton and will play every event they get invited to. The negative is obvious, there’s a reason they are fighting for that card. These golfers will also miss most of the majors and prestigious PGA events.

STROKES GAINED TEE TO GREEN

Strokes gained tee to green is a metric used to see how many shots a player gains on the field average, with putting excluded. Using this metric will see you right on most golf courses throughout the PGA tour and get you exposure to the best ball striking golfers. The negative in just using this is just because a golfer is a good ball striker doesn’t mean they are the best putter. An example below using Luke List who is 2nd in the last 50 rounds with strokes gained tee to green but 116th in putting.

EAGLE AND BIRDIE LEADERS

Eagles and birdies are very important as these are what will score you fantasy points on a weekly basis. The negative to this strategy is that just because someone makes a lot of eagles/birdies doesn’t always mean they avoid bogeys and make cuts. Cameron Davis is an example of this, 2nd in eagles gained in the last 50 rounds but 113 in bogeys avoided.

SAVING TRANSFERS

Each week we get 1 free transfer to use for our teams. These do however roll over should we not use them and essentially in the process giving us another wildcard. I believe saving these before we get to majors could be key as it will allow us to make unlimited changes. The negative in doing this is we could leave ourselves in a position where we only have 5 players starting one week and miss out on fantasy points.

REFER A FRIEND

When a friend signs up to FanTeam via your very own referral link and enters a team into our €25,000 PGA Tour Golf Season Game, not only will we reward YOU with a FREE €20/£16.80 ticket to the tournament, but also double your friends chances at scooping the €5,000/£4,200 first place prize by giving them ANOTHER €20/£16.80, ticket, for free.

I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about golf, but plan on playing the season long contest.

Please feel free to message me on Twitter @JackHumphreyKM if you have any questions – all support queries should go to @FanTeamOfficial.

Best of luck to everyone entering – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.

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