So what is it?
Fantasy Sports are massive in America.
If the rom-coms I’m forced to watch are accurate then a load of married blokes go around each other’s houses and geek up on stats whilst picking their teams for some baseball thing that we don’t understand over here.
Over here the only equivalent that has really taken off is the Premier League fantasy football where we all pick our team in early August before giving up in September when all our players are injured.
But what about golf?
We all love having a little flutter and think we know who’s is on form and worth a pop. And in a sport where we don’t really have anyone to root for it’s good to celebrate when your guys knock some putts in!
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Draft Kings who are basically the dons of Fantasy Sports.
You simply pick six players who all have different costs with a $50,000 budget (arbitrary number!)
These players then go out and try to earn points on your behalf by finishing high and by making birdies etc.
It just costs $20 to enter and this week for The Masters there is $4,000,000 up for grabs with a cool $1,000,000 for first prize... They're not pissing about!
In addition to that if you can beat #GCW’s selection below you’ll win a free ticket for next week's tournament which should be easy as I'm pretty sure I'm cursed.
Open this link to see the players and prices... You've obviously got to get your team done by the time they tee off Thursday morning!
Method or Madness?
Anyway, here are the players who are probably livid now I have selected them, as they now know they are destined for failure!
So I picked my team with my value tips first.
Just because I know in Premier League where you pump Sergio Aguero, Mesut Ozil and Harry Kane straight in your side and end up with no budget left and you’re scratching around Norwich’s backup keepers for bargains.
As much as I love Ian Woosnam I’m not sure he’ll earn me many points.
My first pick was Rafa Cabrera-Bello - $7,400
I’m thinking Americans will be biased towards their own players so they’ll be a bit over-valued? Therefore the European Tour players on form represent good value?
I’m probably talking shit but Rafa is a ball-striking machine who has been placing all season. He seems to have sorted out his short game which was always questioned and is apparently of great use on the undulating greens and false fronts of Augusta.
Also I like his guns.
Second man is Danny WIllett for $8,000
Same thinking here. World Number 11 and I reckon most Americans wouldn’t know who he is. Hoping the Sheffield lad can sneak in and do some damage at Augusta.
He’s just had a baby (well his Mrs Nicole did) so pressure off, perspective given.
See how I’m less stats-driven and more clutching at straws and random mental well-being and positive auras? Us Europeans are a more creative people!
Third up is Bubba Watson - $11,400
I can’t stand Bubba but whilst everyone is looking at Day, Rory and Spieth I really he’s the favourite. Once again I’m probably talking shit but Augusta sets up beautifully for the left hander and he’s won two of the last four.
He’s won this year and played well. This is a pick with my head, not my heart.
Fourth is Phil Mickelson - $10,500
Going away from my previous tactic of staying away from popular Americans who will be over-priced I’ve gone for the most popular American.
He just has such a good record around Augusta that you can’t ignore him.
Left hander, long, silly good short game and actually playing decent at the moment.
Fifth man I’m going for Bryson DeChambeau for $6,500
A few insiders have been saying this guy is like ridiculously good. These are the type of guys who don’t dish out praise easily but they’re saying the kid is going to be a superstar.
Every invitations he’s played so far he seems to have performed well and got a sneaky feeling the US Amateur champ might go on a cheeky run.
And finally, I’m running out of cash here but Kiradech Aphibarnrat - $6,100
Another one the yanks won’t be picking and he really has turned into a top player on the European Tour.
The main reason I want him in is I have a wonderful vision of Jordan Spieth trying to stick a jacket on the big lad and the green jacket rips.
So get involved and see if you can beat this lot for a free ticket to next week's event or scoop a prize... If we win the million we'll split it with all the #GCW entrants!
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