Masters 2018: DraftKings launches new daily golf contests in time for the Masters
Part of the fun of Masters Week for some is the allure of joining Masters pools and attempting to pick the winner of the year's first major. And taking it one step further are daily-fantasy sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, which continue to cater to golfers' predictive appetites.
DraftKings launched a new format of golf contest starting with this week's action at Augusta National, a game it calls a "single-round showdown." Each day is a different contest, and points are awarded based on the score a golfer cards that day. Eagles (or anything better) reap the most points, and so on, plus you're awarded for a player going on a streak of three or more birdies. (Patrick Reed's Friday round, in which his nine birdies came in three streaks of three birdies in a row would've netted you quite the points.)
For Sunday's Day 4 contest, extra points are rewarded for a golfer's tournament finish. The company's "Final-Round Finale" has $500,000 in guaranteed prizes and a $100,000 payout in store for the winning lineup on Sunday. DraftKings says it wanted to capture the attention of golfers who are watching on Sunday, and to give those who made pre-tournament picks that aren't looking so hot.
Based on the popularity of Sunday's contest, with almost 90,000 entries signed up as of this writing, we'll say the company has hit on something. DraftKings was the first daily-sports company to enter into golf, launching its ultra-popular "Millionaire Maker" contest, which had more than 500,000 entries (at $20 per team), for 2018. FanDuel has also followed suit and entered the golf space, capitalizing on a growing contingent of players interested in fantasy-golf contests.
Here are the top-10 golfers based on DraftKings scoring from the past three Masters Tournaments.