There are now four daily fantasy sports sites that feature golf, FantasyDraft, Draft, FanDuel and DraftKings. Fortunately we have some phenomenal premium content here at FanVice and are running a promotion special which can be found here.
Total DraftKings Prize Pool: $600K guaranteed in large field tournaments at entry points ranging from $3 to $333 with more contests likely to be added by the DFS leader in the sport.
Total FanDuel Prize Pool: $400K guaranteed at price points ranging from $3 to $1,060 which is nice considering this is just their second week of golf. They have a unique Rounds 1&2 and Rounds 3&4 roster setup.
Total FantasyDraft Prize Pool: $5K with a typically somewhat challenging salary algorithm and nowhere near the mass-entry gamers that are at FanDuel and DraftKings.
Draft: Will be offering their live draft H2Hs, 3-mans and they have been experimenting with six and ten entry contests.
The key event details we will want to be aware of will help us shape our research and lineup construction strategies.
Event: Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach
Location: Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (formerly the Trump International Golf Club)
Duration: March 23rd through March 26th
Contest Lock: 6:00am ET Thursday
Total PGA Prize Pool: $3.0 Million
Recent Champions: 2016 Tony Finau, 2015 Alex Čejka, 2014 Chesson Hadley, 2013 Scott Brown
Recent Runners-up: 2016 Steve Marino, 2015 Emiliano Grillo, Jon Curran, Tim Petrovic, Sam Saunders (playoff rounds), 2014 Danny Lee, 2013 Jordan Spieth, Fabián Gómez
The course is set up as a Par-72 event with a total yardage just over 7,500 with the usual tricky array of sand bunkers and water hazards on the majority of the holes. The fairways are Bermuda grass and the greens are Paspalum (which is very similar to Bermuda grass).
Generally the Tour events at this course come down to the wire. In the eight year history at this course, there have been three playoffs and in the other five years the champion has won by either one or two strokes.
The 72-Hole Record in the event was set in 2014 by Chesson Hadley with a 267 (-21). Four golfers are tied for the 18-Hole Record of 63; James Driscoll (2011, 2014), Scott Brown (2013), Chris Tidland (2011) and Derek Lamely (2010).
Weather: Chance of showers, but otherwise lows in the mid-60s and highs in the upper-79s which is standard for Puerto Rico this time of year. There will also be some wind which could be as high as 17-20 mph on Thursday and Friday. Keep tabs as tournament lock time approaches.
Field Notes: Beginning in 2016 this event was moved to the alternate Tour stop opposite of the WGC-Dell Match Play. This is a nice event to target from a DFS perspective since 64 of the world’s top golfers will be competing in Texas as the Austin Country Club in match play. That means we will be looking at a lot of players this week that would not normally be on the radar. Fortunately, FanVice has plenty of premium content that will explore these “uncharted” territories which should give subscribers a nice advantage over The Masses.
This type of competing tournament will be a showcase for veterans a little past their prime and for youngsters who are looking to make their mark on the Tour.
Notable golfers announced so far for the Puerto Rico Open include Chris Kirk, Danny Lee, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell, Bryce Molder, K.J. Choi, Spencer Lavin, Boo Weekley, Luke List, Graham DeLaet, Wesley Bryan, Rory Sabbatini, Bryson DeChambeau, Harold Varner III and John Senden.