Masters Simulation Contest Will Pit Tiger Woods Against Happy Gilmore And Other Movie Characters

Posted on April 8, 2020

FanDuel has put forth one of the more interesting sports simulations we’ve seen in the past month.

The Masters was supposed to take place this week. However, it has been moved to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, FanDuel is offering an alternative daily fantasy game. It will simulate The Masters, featuring top active golfers, legends and popular golf movie characters. So yes, you’ll have to decide whether or not to fade Happy Gilmore if you want to play this contest.

It is free entry with a $10,000 prize pool (in FanDuel site credit) and the contest locks at noon EST on Thursday. The format is the same as a typical FanDuel PGA contest: Users will have a $60,000 salary cap on their lineups and will try to pick the highest-scoring group possible.

Every hole for every golfer will go through the custom number fire simulator, which factors in contexts such as distance, par and player skill. One round will be simulated each day with stats and a leaderboard updated at the end of each night.

Golf legends and fictional characters

The best part about the contest is the ability to mix the present, past and fictional. So, the players who would have participated in The Masters this week. Guys like Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are available. Still, you can pair them with anyone from Arnold Palmer to Shooter McGavin.

Here’s a list of some notable players and their prices:

Rory McIlroy: $12,000

Jack Nicklaus: $11,900

Jon Rahm: 11,800

Justin Thomas: $11,700

Tiger Woods: $11,500

Brooks Koepka: $11,400

Ben Hogan: $11,400

Dustin Johnson: $11,300

Webb Simpson: $11,300

Adam Scott: $11,200

Patrick Cantlay: $11,200

Bobby Jones: $11,100

Bryson DeChambeau: $11,000

Xander Schauffele: $11,000

Arnold Palmer: $10,900

Justin Rose: $10,800

Patrick Reed: $10,700

Louis Oosthuizen: $10,500

Matt Kuchar: $10,300

Sam Snead: $10,200

Tony Finau: $10,100

Marc Leishman: $10,000

Tom Watson: $9,700

Gary Player: $9,400

Lee Trevino: $8,900

Nick Faldo: $8,700

Seve Ballesteros: $8,500

Walter Hagen: $8,000

Johnny Miller: $8,000

Bernhard Langer: $7,800

Greg Norman: $7,700

John Daly: $7,300

Happy Gilmore: $7,200

Shooter McGavin: $7,200

Tony Romo: $7,000

Roy McAvoy: $7,000

Steph Curry: $7,000

Judge Smalls: $7,000

Second-tier current golfers are the way to go

Some not-so-serious analysis of this contest: if you’re just looking to have some fun in a free game, choose whoever the heck you want – of course, it would be a blast to own Gilmore or McGavin and root for them throughout the weekend (and look at those cheap price tags!). But that’s probably going to be the conventional thinking, so if you really want to win, you may want to fade potential high ownership candidates.

The same could be said about old-timers like Hogan, Palmer, Player, etc. Again, the inclusion of movie characters, legends and athletes from other sports (Romo, Curry) is what makes the contest unique. Still, if you want to differentiate your lineup, it might be best just to stick with active players who don’t carry the biggest name identification. Guys like Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Tony Finau look like value plays.

And, here are the site credit payouts for the contest:

1st: $500

2nd: $300

3rd: $200

4th: $150

5th: $100

6th-7th: $75

8th-9th: $50

10th-12th: $40

13th-17th: $30

18th-25th: $25

26th-35th: $20

36th-50th: $15

51st-70th: $10

71st-100th: $7

101st-150th: $5

151st-250th: $4

251st-500th: $3

501st-1000th: $2

1001st-1500th: $1

FanDuel has expanded its free contest offerings in light of the pandemic that has wiped away sports for the time being. Some topics include (or have included): the Democratic presidential debate, MTV’s The Challenge, Survivor on CBS, Top Chef on Bravo, and live fantasy horse racing at Gulfstream Park. 

The PGA announced a reconfigured 2020 schedule earlier this week, featuring new dates for the PGA Championship (Aug. 6-9), the US Open (Sept. 17-20) and The Masters (Nov. 12-15). Fans will be clamoring for those events, but this is a fun diversion in the meantime.

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