DFS Golf 101: How to Play on DraftKings
DFS Golf 101: How to Play on DraftKings

Whether you're just dipping your toes into the water on Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) golf or are a longtime fantasy golf guru, it's crucial to understand the fundamentals of the game. While many DFS sites have played catch-up with golf, DraftKings has served as a pioneer in that area for multiple years. For those transitioning from year-long leagues or general golf betting lines, many of the same strategies for finding good players and value plays apply to DFS golf, so congratulations on having a head start. For those hitting up DraftKings contests for your first go at fantasy golf, get ready for the enhanced excitement of the back nine come Sunday afternoons.

DraftKings not only offers typical four-round contests, referred to as "Classic," but weekend-only games, as well as individual-round contests. The latter can prove to be a lifeline if you find your lineup torpedoed after Friday, or even Thursday. These options are in play for both the PGA and European Tours.

It could be a little overwhelming when you go to DraftKings.com for the first time, trying to navigate and understand all the types of games. There is definitely a progression, and beginners would be best served starting with what are called "cash" games. Those generally involve similarly experienced players and offer a better chance of winning, though far less money than the top guaranteed prize pool (GPP) contests. Cash games can involve two players or thousands – as we said, it can be a little overwhelming at first.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
Michael Riek
Michael is the 2016 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year winner. He is a former collegiate golfer with a passion for analytics and strategy.
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