Fantasy Golf Advice – 2013 PGA schedule Review

Hello golf world!  Welcome back to the Fantasy Fairway golf blog, your home for fantasy golf news, analysis and all things fantasy.  Today we will continue our fantasy golf analysis series of the 2013 fantasy golf season.  As with the previous articles in this series, we are looking back at the season using data from the fantasy fairway golf leagues as a basis of comparison.  Today we are going to review the 2013 PGA schedule and take a look at who fantasy players took the most for each tournament, who won the event and how many players took that player and a few notes for each tournament.  Remember that fantasy golf game is a one and done format, meaning that each team can only select each PGA player once throughout the season.  Please keep this in mind while looking at the analysis.

Starting with the Sony Open in Hawaii we will show the most popular pick with the percentage of players who picked the player in parenthesis.  Next, we will also show the number of players who took the winner in parenthesis along with some tournament notes.

Sony Open in Hawaii 

                Most Popular Pick – Charles Howell III (14% selected)

                Winner – Russell Henley (0 selected)

Notes – The fantasy golf season starts off with a great event in Hawaii.  Coming off a T2 in 2012 and known as a strong January player, CH3 was the most popular pick to start the season.  Henley had a strong 4 rounds, shooting 3 63s and a 67 to win the event by 3 strokes.  CH3 ended up with a strong T3 to reward the players that chose him based on his history of strong starts.

Humana Challenge

                Most Popular Pick – Brandt Snedeker (11% selected)

                Winner – Brian Gay (2 selected)

Notes – Gay wins a 3-way playoff with CH3 (I told you he starts out hot) and David Lingmerth.  Some big names entered the tournament and missed the cut – Tim Clark, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, and Immelman.  While the other big names had mediocre showings, – Kuchar (T16), Snedeker (T23), Mickelson (T37).  Makes you wonder about taking big names early in the season, no matter how appealing they may look.

Farmers Insurance Open

                Most Popular Pick – Brandt Snedeker (15% selected)

                Winner – Tiger Woods (18 selected)

Notes – Defending champ Tiger Woods paid off fantasy golfers that went with the chance to win vs. the big payout as 18 people took home over $1M points by taking Tiger.  The most popular pick Snedeker also paid out with a solid T2.  Tiger owns this event winning 7 times including 4 in a row from 2005 – 2008.  It’s a tough strategy call to take Tiger here with the allure of winning a $1.5+M tournament, but when you have almost a guaranteed $1M points here it is hard to pass up, especially if you took him at the match play, memorial, or the PGA championship.


Waste Management Phoenix Open

                Most Popular Pick – Rickie Fowler (13% selected)

                Winner – Phil Mickelson (5 selected)

Notes – Phil picks up a wire-to-wire victory here and was a prelude to how he would perform later in the year.    Snedeker continued his strong play with back to back 2nd place finishes. 

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

                Most Popular Pick – Dustin Johnson (22% selected)

                Winner – Brandt Snedeker (22 selected)

Notes –   This was a tough call for fantasy golfers.  DJ owned this course since he has come on tour.  From 2008-2010 he finished T7, 1, and 1 at Pebble Beach.  Later in 2010 he was cruising to a US Open win at Pebble Beach with a 3 stroke lead In the final round before he imploded on the second hole with a triple bogey and then a double bogey on the third ending his round with an 82 and settling for a T8.  He finished T55 in 2011 and T5 in 2012, so he appeared to shake off the meltdown but missed the cut in 2013 as the most popular pick on  At the same time, there was no player hotter than Snedeker at the time and he rewarded players with the win.  As hot as Snedeker was, sadly this would be the last time we would see him on tour for a month due to rib injury.  He may not have been able to sustain the pace, but we’ll never know how special (more so than it already was) for Snedeker without the injury.

Northern Trust Open

                Most Popular Pick – Jimmy Walker (18% selected)

                Winner – John Merrick (0 selected)

Notes – John Merrick comes out of nowhere to earn his first PGA tour win over a pretty solid field.  Bill Haas, Schwartzel, Simpson, Mahan all finished in the Top 10.  While other big names like Adam Scott, Els, Furyk, Sergio, Keegan Bradley, and Luke Donald all had strong showings gearing up for the WGC.

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Charl Schwartzel (12% selected)

                Winner – Matt Kuchar (9 selected)

Notes – This is by far my favorite event, I love the format and I love that it is its own unique style of golf and pits the golfers one on one.  That being said, I think it is one of the more difficult events to pick. The 1 seeds did not fair very well with Rory and Tiger getting bounced in the first round and the other two 1 seeds (Oosthuizen and Donald) were eliminated in Round 2. Watson was the only 1 or 2 seed to make it to Round 3.  In the end Kuchar outlasted Mahan for the victory and a big payday for those who selected him.  Kuchar’s career match play record is a very impressive 14-3.


The Honda Classic

                Most Popular Pick – Graeme McDowell (12% selected)

                Winner – Michael Thompson (0 selected)

Notes – Michael Thompson’s first career PGA victory coms at the Honda Classic.  Thompson had the lead going into the final day and held off some pretty big names like Bradley, Rose, Schwartzel, and Westwood who all enjoyed top 10 finishes.

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Matt Kuchar (12% selected)

                Winner – Tiger Woods (14 selected)

Notes – Looking for back to back WGC victories, Kuchar was the most popular pick.  Tiger picks up the win for the $1.5M payday, while Kuchar finished T35.     Some familiar names at the top, as you’d expect at a WGC event, with Stricker, Phil, Sergio, McDowell, and Adam Scott all within 5 strokes and T3 or better.

Puerto Rico Open

                Most Popular Pick – Luke Guthrie (7% selected)

                Winner – Scott Brown (0 selected)

Notes – Scott Brown takes home the victory in Puerto Rico.  Notable finishes include Jordan Spieth with a T2 and Boo Weekly T8.  This may have been the launching pad for great seasons out of both Spieth and Weekly.

Tampa Bay Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Sergio Garcia (13% selected)

                Winner – Kevin Streelman (0 selected)

Notes –   Kevin Streelman takes home the victory, holding off Boo Weekly and Luke Donald for the win.  Donald, Leonard, Sergio, Spieth, and Furyk all have good showings.

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

                Most Popular Pick – Tiger Woods (18% selected)

                Winner – Tiger Woods (51 selected)

Notes –  Tiger Woods was the most popular pick and delivered as expected and takes back the #1 world ranking in the process.  Justin Rose finishes second.



Valero Texas Open

                Most Popular Pick – Fredrik Jacobson (17% selected)

                Winner – Martin Laird (0 selected)

Notes – Laird holds off Rory for a win and a trip to Augusta. 


Shell Houston Open

                Most Popular Pick – Steve Stricker (18% selected)

                Winner – D.A. Points (0 selected)

Notes –   D.A. Points earns a spot at Augusta with the win.


Masters Tournament

                Most Popular Pick – Tiger Woods (30% selected)

                Winner – Adam Scott (15 selected)

Notes –   Adam Scott picks up the green jacket in a playoff vs. Angel Cabrera who won his own green jacket in 2009.  Jason Day and Tiger finish 2 and 4 strokes back respectively.

RBC Heritage

                Most Popular Pick – Jim Furyk (11% selected)

                Winner – Graeme McDowell (2 selected)

Notes    – McDowell picks up the win at Harbour Town, defeating Webb Simpson in a playoff.  Luke Donald finished 2 strokes back.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

                Most Popular Pick – Justin Rose (13% selected)

                Winner – Billy Horschel (22 selected)

Notes – Watched the final round of the Zurich in person, and Billy Horschel put on a putting clinic sealing the victory with a 27 footer on 18.

Wells Fargo Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Webb Simpson (18% selected)

                Winner – Derek Ernst (0 selected)

Notes – Derek Ernst takes out David Lynn in a playoff to earn the victory and a trip to the Players Championship.  Phil finished 1 stroke behind settling for a T3 and Lee Westwood finished T4.

THE PLAYERS Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Luke Donald (17% selected)

                Winner – Tiger Woods (6 selected)

Notes – Tiger continued his outstanding season with a victory at the Players, the highest paying event on tour.  Tiger hasn’t always had a ton of success here, but he appeared on top of his game to cruise to the victory by 2 strokes.

HP Byron Nelson Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Jason Day (19% selected)

                Winner – Sang-Moon Bae (0 selected)

Notes – Sang-Moon Bae comes out of nowhere to take the Byron Nelson championship over Keegan Bradley and Charl Schwartzel.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

                Most Popular Pick – Zach Johnson (18% selected)

                Winner – Boo Weekley (1 selected)

Notes –  Boo Weekly’s redemption tour continued with an impressive victory at Colonial.  He carded a steady 67,67,66,66 to earn the victory over Matt Kuchar and  Zach Johnson.

the Memorial Tournament

                Most Popular Pick – Matt Kuchar (9% selected)

                Winner – Matt Kuchar (27 selected)

Notes – Fresh off a second place at Colonial, Kuchar earned his second victory of the season at the Memorial.  The most popular pick of the week delivered with the victory and over $1M points.

FedEx St. Jude Classic

                Most Popular Pick – Scott Stallings (9% selected)

                Winner – Harris English (0 selected)

Notes – Second year player Harris English picks up his first PGA tour victory at the St. Jude, beating out Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by 2 strokes.

U.S. Open

                Most Popular Pick – Graeme McDowell (18% selected)

                Winner – Justin Rose (5 selected)

Notes – Justin Rose takes home the victory in the season’s second major championship to win his first major.  Jason Day made another impressive showing with a T2 along with Phil, who lead after the first round but carded a 4 over final round to lose by 2 strokes to Rose.

Travelers Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Bubba Watson (13% selected)

                Winner – Ken Duke (0 selected)

Notes – Another first time tour winner, Ken Duke, takes home the victory at the Traveler’s Championship.    Watson, the most popular pick, finished with a solo 4th.

AT&T National

                Most Popular Pick – Jason Day (10% selected)

                Winner – Bill Haas (0 selected)

Notes – Surprisingly, no one took Bill Haas for the event, but he has now won at least one PGA Tour event over the last 4 years.  Haas shot a final round of 66 to secure the victory.

The Greenbrier Classic

                Most Popular Pick – Graham DeLaet (15% selected)

                Winner – Jonas Blixt (0 selected)

Notes –  Jonas Blixt picks up the victory at the Greenbrier in a tournament that did not have much fantasy player appeal.  Haas followed up his victory inside the top 10.

John Deere Classic

                Most Popular Pick – Steve Stricker (24% selected)

                Winner – Jordan Spieth (14 selected)

Notes – Fantasy players could see this coming with Jordan Spieth.  After posting 4 top 10s already on the season, 14 fantasy players cashed in on Spieth’s first PGA Tour win.  The teenager is the youngest PGA tour winner at 19 years old.  Zach Johnson finished second.

The Open Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Ernie Els (11% selected)

                Winner – Phil Mickelson (13 selected)

Notes – Phil Mickelson made the most of this trip across the pond.  After finishing first at the Scottish Open, he seemed primed to take home the Open Championship and did just that.  Rewarding 13 fantasy players with a big pay day.  Phil shot an impressive 5 under 66 to charge up the leaderboard and take the victory.  Stenson, Poulter, Scott, and Westwood all finished within 4 shots.


Sanderson Farms Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Brendon de Jonge (10% selected)

                Winner – Woody Austin (0 selected)

Notes –   Woody Austin takes home the victory in the event.

RBC Canadian Open

                Most Popular Pick – Graham DeLaet (8% selected)

                Winner – Brandt Snedeker (9 selected)

Notes – After the early season injury, Snedeker picks up his second win of the season at the RBC by 3 strokes.  It was great to see Snedeker get back to form in the event.

World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational

                Most Popular Pick – Dustin Johnson (8% selected)

                Winner – Tiger Woods (3 selected)

Notes – Tiger keeps on rolling to pick up another tour win at a WGC by an amazing 7 strokes.  Tiger took hold of the event with a 61 in Round 2 and never looked back.  Keegan Bradley and Henrick Stenson finished a distant second.

Reno-Tahoe Open

                Most Popular Pick – Chad Campbell (5% selected)

                Winner – Gary Woodland (2 selected)

Notes – Gary Woodland picks up the win in the modified stableford scoring event that takes place the same week as the WGC.  Obviously with the WGC event, the field was a little light on fantasy choices.

PGA Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Henrik Stenson (15% selected)

                Winner – Jason Dufner (13 selected)

Notes – Jason Dufner takes home the season’s final major over Jim Furyk.  Adam Scott again finishes with a respectable T5 in a major.  Jason Day also had a good showing finishing T8.

Wyndham Championship

                Most Popular Pick – Bill Haas (9% selected)

                Winner – Patrick Reed (4 selected)

Notes –  Patrick Reed takes home the final regular season event and secures his place in the Fed Ex cup.

Next post will include Rankings and pre-season tournament picks.


Fantasy Golf Advice & Analysis – The Perfect Lineup 2013

The Perfect Lineup – Fantasy

Hello fellow golfers, The Commish here with some more fantasy golf advice for the upcoming season.  One thing I like to do every off-season is put together what I call the perfect lineup.  What I mean by the perfect lineup is to put together tournament by tournament which golfer scored the most points for a Fantasy Fairway league.  If you are unfamiliar with how Fantasy Fairway scoring works, check out the website –, or you can look at the Intro blog post to get more information, but it’s fairly straightforward.  You pick 1 golfer per tournament and you earn what that golfer earns in money as points, simple right!  This blog is really meant to provide fantasy golf advice and analysis throughout the offseason and once the fantasy season begins.

So, if it’s that simple you may be asking yourself, well Commish wouldn’t that simply be all the tournament winners?  I don’t really need to read your blog to tell me that!  Well, yes and no, at Fantasy Fairway you can only pick each golfer once, so when Tiger, Phil, and Snedeker each win multiple tournaments you have to figure out which of the tournaments paid the most and go to the second place player.  Sometimes that second place finisher has won another tournament thus giving him more money in that tournament (in most cases) than the second place finish, so you have to go to the third place finisher and so on.

Now tough guy, it’s not as easy as it sounds now is it!  In all honesty it isn’t really hard it just takes some time to work through and you can sometimes come down with tired head when you do it and realize the second place finisher won a tournament and you have to do it all over again and plus why would you do this yourself when you’ve got the Commish and the trusty Fantasy Fairway blog to do that for you.

Without further ado, the perfect lineup is below:


Money   Earned



Sony Open in Hawaii $1,008,000 Russell Henley 1
Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation $1,008,000 Brian Gay 1
Farmers Insurance Open $536,800 Josh Teater T2
Waste Management Phoenix Open $421,600 Scott Piercy 3
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am $1,170,000 Brandt Snedeker 1
Northern Trust Open $1,188,000 John Merrick 1
World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship $1,500,000 Matt Kuchar 1
The Honda Classic $1,080,000 Michael Thompson 1
Puerto Rico Open presented by $630,000 Scott Brown 1
World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship $880,000 Steve Stricker 2
Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank $990,000 Kevin Streelman 1
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard $297,600 Keegan Bradley T3
Shell Houston Open $1,116,000 D.A. Points 1
Valero Texas Open $1,116,000 Martin Laird 1
Masters Tournament $1,440,000 Adam Scott 1
RBC Heritage $1,044,000 Graeme McDowell 1
Zurich Classic of New Orleans $1,188,000 Billy Horschel 1
Wells Fargo Championship $1,206,000 Derek Ernst 1
THE PLAYERS Championship $1,710,000 Tiger Woods 1
HP Byron Nelson Championship $1,206,000 Sang-Moon Bae 1
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial $1,152,000 Boo Weekley 1
the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance $669,600 Kevin Chappell 2
FedEx St. Jude Classic $1,026,000 Harris English 1
U.S. Open $1,440,000 Justin Rose 1
Travelers Championship $1,098,000 Ken Duke 1
AT&T National $1,170,000 Bill Haas 1
The Greenbrier Classic $1,134,000 Jonas Blixt 1
John Deere Classic $828,000 Jordan Spieth 1
Sanderson Farms Championship $540,000 Woody Austin 1
The Open Championship $1,442,826 Phil Mickelson 1
RBC Canadian Open $369,600 Dustin Johnson T2
Reno-Tahoe Open $540,000 Gary Woodland 1
World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational $692,500 Henrik Stenson T2
PGA Championship $1,445,000 Jason Dufner 1
Wyndham Championship $954,000 Patrick Reed 1


For a grand total of $35,237,526, to put that in perspective, our grand prize winner scored just under 10 million (which was an all-time Fantasy Fairway record).  Now, it would be very difficult to come even close to that 35 million total, like picture a perfect NCAA basketball bracket and multiply it by say 100 – statistical nerds out there, don’t call me out on that math it was an off the top of my head guess, but it’s pretty darn hard.


To try and create a perfect lineup really isn’t the point of the exercise.  The real fantasy golf advice here  is to recognize the tournament winners going into next year.  Yeah, we know Tiger and Phil, but are you going to forget that Boo Weekly or Patrick Reed snuck a win in there?  Or that notable names Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, and a few others are notably missing?  Also, and possibly more importantly, it’s to not fall victim to the 2nd place is the first loser mentality.  Guys like Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, and Keegan Bradley may not jump out on the tournament winners page but if you can grab those guys when they pick up a Top 3, you are going to have success.  It’s a good reference tool when making your fantasy golf strategy for next year.  In a later article we will talk about ranking players, tiering players and tournament, and matching up courses with players, and most of these guys should be on your list, especially for those tournaments that don’t attract a top notch field.

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Next Article – PGA Year in Review

Fantasy Fairway Fantasy Golf – 2013 Season in Review


Fantasy Fairway – 2013 Season in Review

Wow what a fantasy golf season we had at  We had a record number of players and leagues, all-time high in total points scored, and most importantly the most cash and prizes payouts ever.   Below is a recap of the season, broken down by segments:

Segment #1 – Team “The Show” came out firing in the first segment and really got his season going strong in the first tournament of the year (Sony Open in Hawaii) with a T3 from Charles Howell III.  The big payout was the Phil Mickelson winner in the Waste Management Open which netted the Show over 1 million points (a la Dr. Evil).  The show sealed is lead in segment 1 with two strong showings in the WGC events, capturing a 4th place from Ian Poulter in the Match Play event and bringing home the victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship with Tiger Woods that earned The show 1.5 million points and after other decent showings in the segment made him the Segment #1 champ and the owner of a brand new Nike SQ MachSpeed STR8-FIT driver.  Direct quote from “The Show” in winning the segment and the driver – “Thanks again for all of your efforts with our Fantasy Fairway League.  This is my third year and I’m having fun each and every week!”  The Commish aims to please!

Segment #2 – I have been running for 3 years now and have run fantasy golf leagues for nearly 6 and I have never, repeat NEVER seen a run on tournaments like the one I saw in Segment #2 from team “ND”.  This guy put on a clinic, literally.   This was ND’s first year playing with us and the first year for his league on the site and this guy was NOT messing around.  He started off with Adam Scott for the win at the Masters, the first tournament in Segment #2 that netted him nearly 1.5 million points and followed that up with a solo 3rd at the Crowne plaza.  After two top 20 finishes, he won the Zurich Classic Tournament in New Orleans with Billy Horcshel (which the Commish saw live) a T2 with Scott Stallings at the St. Jude and a win at the memorial with Matt Kuchar.  In the first 8 tournaments of segment #2, ND racked up 3 victories, 3 top 3 finishes, a T12 and T19.  ND earned over 5 million points over 8 tournaments, which is crazy.  I tell this story all the time, but to put that into perspective a few years back, yours truly, won my friends and family league (no funny business I promise).  Over the entire 32 tournament season, I won with just over 5 million points and this guy nearly topped that in 8 tournaments.  Additionally, over half of ND’s total points of 9.7 million (spoiler alert – he won the site grand prize of $2,000 dollars) were earned in these 8 tournaments or 1 segment.

Segment #3 – The third segment started out sluggish for team “4 Iron Punch”, but it heated up in the middle.  After a modest start over the first 4 tournaments of the year, he cashed a top 10 from Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic and that ignited a hot streak.  He scored a win with Phil at the Open Championship for nearly 1.5 million combined with a T9 for Chris Kirk in the same week.  The following week he picked up a win with Snedeker at the Canadian Open (1 million) and another win the very next week with Tiger at the WGC – Bridgestone (1.5 million).  Not only did the 3 wins in a row (wow, I guess I didn’t realize until now that it was 3 in a row – impressive) win the segment and driver, but it put 4 iron punch in contention for the grand championship and $2000 cash prize.

Overall – If you read the segment reviews page, no surprise here but ND took home the grand prize and the $2,000 cash that goes along with it.  4 Iron punch gave it a solid effort, but in the end ND’s dominance in segment #2 proved to be too much and 4 Iron finished about 750k away from the 9,796,730 points ND put up over the season but did earn enough to take home $500 cash.  Team Red Rockets, Par 6, and Range Balls & Borrowed clubs rounded out the top 5 and each took home a Nike Dri-Fit polo and $250, $100, and $50 respectively.    Among other prizes and cash payouts, the grand prize winners totaled almost $3,000 in real cash.

Congratulations to all of the top 10 finishers below:

Fantasy Golf Top 10 Top 10.

As for your old pal the Commish, full disclosure I finished a measly 54th in the friends and family league and, are you ready for this, 167th overall and a solid 5 million points behind ND.  It definitely was not my year, but I am already prepping for next year!

What a great year it was and I hope we are able to continue to grow and add people to the site, which will allow us at to offer more cash, more prizes, and hopefully more options in the future.

Next up – The perfect lineup analysis

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PGA Tour season set to begin – in October?

Yes, it’s the official start to the PGA tour season with the new “Fall Series” format to the PGA Schedule with the Open starting on 10/10. From a PGA perspective, I think it is a great idea. While I think the fields will definitely be thin with “elite” level talent and probably more importantly names, it gives the younger guns a chance at some exposure and more importantly gaining tour status.

From a Fantasy Golf point of view however, I am not so sure. At, our fantasy golf leagues have always begun with the Sony Open in Hawaii. We actually even skip over the Tournament of Champions (which is a great event) because it has a limited field. We like to use that as a basis for advice and get a bit of a preview on the fantasy golf season, but we don’t include it in our fantasy golf game. With these tournaments beginning in October now, it’s worth a discussion as to whether to include them in the season or make it an optional season or just leave it alone. Let’s look at the pros/cons below.

Fantasy Golf Season Length

Let’s be honest, the fantasy golf season is pretty long. If you think about it in terms of fantasy football (by far the most popular fantasy sport) it’s nearly twice as long schedule wise. The NFL plays 17 regular weeks of football.  The PGA tour (at least the non-Fall series) of fantasy golf runs 33 tournaments across 30 weeks or so. Even people that love the game and love playing fantasy golf sometimes hit peaks and valleys of engagement over such a long season. I don’t think adding another 7-8 weeks of tournaments will help that situation there any, even though I am sure there are the hardcore golf enthusiasts and fantasy players out there that would disagree.

Fantasy Golf Season Schedule

Also, at (and probably most fantasy golf leagues out there) we stop our play with the last regular season tournament (i.e. no Fed Ex cup playoff events). The last few seasons that has been the Wyndham Championship. We’ve toyed around with the idea of ending play a week earlier with the PGA Tour Championship, it just feels right to end on the high of a major and that’s something we will continue to explore for the season length issue noted above, but also it just seems like a letdown tournament to me. You get so much coverage on a major, the payout is great and then you have the Wyndham to worry about. No disrespect intended for the folks at the Wyndham and it’s a great tournament, but again from a fantasy perspective, it just doesn’t feel quite right to include it. Which leads me to these tournaments for the PGA season. So we end the season with the Wyndham Championship, then we have 4 weeks of Fed Ex cup (which aren’t currently included in most fantasy golf games) and then we have Presidents Cup in odd years and Ryder cup in even years, then we dive right back into a season. So, if you did not include the Fed Ex tournaments you’d have only a 5 week off-season. I don’t think even the most hard core fantasy fans are ready for basically a non-stop full year commitment, although I think some football fans would disagree.

Field Commitments

Finally, as mentioned earlier I think it’s great that the younger guys get a chance to be tour eligible, but I can’t image any big names committing to these tournaments with relatively modest purses. You’d be lucky to get Tiger, Phil, or some of the European stars to commit to less than the highest end purses during the regular season, let alone the time they have been accustomed to calling their “time-off”, time with family, etc. Looking at the field for this week, there are some notables there (full field at – Allenby, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, Goosen, Glover, Ogilvy, Vijay Singh are among other notables in the field. None of these are particularly surprising, they all have made names for themselves on the tour, but have struggled recently and are trying to improve their game or in some cases retain their status. As far as fantasy picks, I’m sure you could do fine with these guys, the field actually looks better than I initially expected, but no major star power and no clear favorite which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for golf in general or fantasy.

Overall, I think it’s something worth discussing but in looking at it, I don’t think at this point the fantasy golf world is ready to include these tournaments for play. It isn’t really enough tournaments to have a mini-game that would draw enough interest and lacks the big names to draw a huge fantasy crowd. I think it’s great for the PGA tour and giving younger player as well as veterans a chance to work on their game, get some exposure, and earn or maintain their PGA status however and at least for fantasy fairway, we’ll continue to monitor the popularity of the interest for inclusion at a later date. I would think this would work on a weekly league situation, but I would be a little surprised if there were enough fantasy golf players to really fill those leagues out as well. What do you think about the new schedule in general or in regards to fantasy? Make a comment on the blog or email me directly at Follow me on twitter, Facebook, and google +.

Until next time – The Commish

Welcome to the new fantasy golf blog!

Hello fantasy golf world, I am “The Commish” and welcome to the new Fantasy Fairway blog where we will be discussing Fantasy Golf, the PGA Tour, general golf talk, and I am sure we’ll go off topic every once in a while as well.

A little bit of background on me, I created and run what I believe is the best fantasy golf site on the internet, (which is where “The Commish” moniker comes from).  What makes great is that it provides users with a very simple but strategic approach to playing fantasy golf, while allowing users to create their own leagues or join a private league.  The concept on is simple, you pick 1 golfer a week and you earn point for whatever that player earns in the tournament.  If you miss the cut, you get 0, if your player wins the tournament you get points equal to the first place money, second place gets points for second place money, and so on.  You can only pick each golfer once, so the strategy comes in that you must make choices based on player’s ability at a specific course or time of course, the tournament payout, and other factors to maximize your points over the course of the season.  If you already have an established league, it’s easy to convert over to FantasyFairway or you can join public leagues or create your own league.  All leagues are eligible for cash and prizes, this year we paid out over $6,000 in cash and players earned Nike Drivers for segment prizes, Nike polo shirts, T-shirts, prize packs, balls and all kinds of other goodies.

Ok, enough of the shameless plug on the blog intro, but I do hope you’ll check out the site.  In all seriousness, I have played fantasy sports as long as I can remember and I absolutely loved fantasy golf so much that I wanted to create a league that my friends and I would want to play.  I have played others and found that the selection process was too difficult or the scoring system was weird so I just started a league offline using a spreadsheet and that’s how was born.  We get comments all the time that people love playing fantasy golf with us because the site is easy to use, it’s fully automated with email reminders etc., and it’s really simple to pick, follow your player, and know what the results are – even people that have never really followed the PGA tour, or even played fantasy before.

The fantasy golf season starts up again in January, so over the next few months in the off season, I will be posting articles about looking back on the 2013 golf season, with articles like most valuable players, least valuable players, and then looking forward to the 2014 season with rankings, tiers and potential tournament matchups.  Once the season starts I will post a tournament preview with some course info, a look at the field, and the Commish’s picks and a tournament recap early the following week.  During the season, I also post tournament updates and field WDs, etc. so look for me on twitter as well.

I am glad that you have stumbles across my little blog here and hope that you find some of the information useful, even if you choose to play fantasy golf offline or on another site.  Of course, my preference would be to give a shot, but really I just want to get the fantasy golf message out there and encourage more people to play the game and really get invested in the PGA tour.  Feel free to email me at and visit our facebook and google plus page (likes and +1s are always encouraged) and you can also follow The Commish on twitter @FantasyFairway.

Next post – Fantasy Fairway 2013 season recap