COVID-19 Drives A Wedge In Golf Schedule, FanDuel Launches Fantasy Masters

Written By Katie Kohler on April 8, 2020
Golf majors rescheduled for coronavirus concerns

The competition for the green jacket will have another facet at this year’s Masters. Players will need it to keep warm. The coronavirus outbreak suspended play for major sports leagues and has now impacted golf’s major events.

The Masters, with its lush Bermuda grass and blooming azaleas, signals the start of spring. Now, it’s pushed to November.

The Masters was one of the three golf majors postponed, and one was canceled in a USGA announcement:

“In recent weeks, the global golf community has come together to collectively put forward a calendar of events that will, we hope, serve to entertain and inspire golf fans around the world. We are grateful to our respective partners, sponsors and players, who have allowed us to make decisions – some of them, very tough decisions – in order to move the game and the industry forward.

“We want to reiterate that Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour, The R&A and USGA collectively value the health and well-being of everyone, within the game of golf and beyond, above all else. We encourage everyone to follow all responsible precautions and make effort to remain healthy and safe.”

Schedule for The Majors in 2020

The Masters was to be held from April 5-11 at Augusta National Golf Club.

  • Rescheduled: Nov. 9-15

The US Open golf championship was originally scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York.

  • Rescheduled: Sept. 17-20

149th Open Championship was set for Royal St. George’s from July 16-19.

  • Canceled

PGA Championship was planned for May 11-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Rescheduled: Aug. 3-9

While not a major, the Ryder Cup will play as scheduled from Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Haven, WI.

How to bet on golf

You can bet on golf at any of nine PA online sportsbooks.

Popular types of golf bets:

  • To win: Pick the golfer who you think will win the event.
  • Versus the field: Usually, these bets are offered as one of the favorites for the tournament versus the field.
  • Finishing position: The golfers who finish high in the tournament.
  • Other types of popular golf bets are listed here.

Golf futures at PA online sportsbooks

FanDuel online sportsbook futures betting for The Masters

  • Rory McIlroy: +600
  • Jon Rahm: +1100
  • Brooks Koepka: +1200
  • Tiger Woods: +1200
  • Dustin Johnson: +1400
  • More options listed on the site.

PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook futures betting for The Masters

  • Rory McIlroy: +650
  • Jon Rahm: +1000
  • Justin Thomas: +1100
  • Brooks Koepka: +1200
  • Tiger Woods: +1400
  • More options listed on the site.

DraftKings online sportsbook futures betting for the US Open

  • Brooks Koepka: +800
  • Dustin Johnson: +1000
  • Rory McIlroy: +1000
  • Jon Rahm: +1000
  • Tiger Woods: +1400
  • More options listed on the site.

Fox Bet online sportsbook futures betting for the PGA Championship

  • Rory McIlroy: +800
  • Dustin Johnson: +1100
  • Brooks Koepka: +1200
  • Jon Rahm: +1200
  • Justin Thomas: +1400
  • Tiger Woods: +1400
  • More options listed on site

Unibet online sportsbook futures betting for the Ryder Cup (Sept. 25)

  • Team USA: -137
  • Team Europe: +138
  • Tie 14-14: +1200

FanDuel Masters Fantasy Golf

Already miss golf and looking for a fun escape from non-stop coronavirus news?

FanDuel is launching a Masters Fantasy Golf contest. Finally, a way to settle clubhouse debates if Happy Gilmore would outdrive Bubba Watson or if Tiger Woods would beat Jack Nicklaus in an epic Masters showdown. The $10K PGA Sims Free Play Contest features a simulation of The Masters.

Pick a lineup which includes:

  • Current golfers
  • Legends
  • Sports stars
  • Movie characters

Set your six-golfer lineup before Thursday, April 9, at noon EST, when the free-to-play contest locks.

The contest will be in a daily fantasy game format and have a $60k salary cap. The format and scoring will look just like FanDuel’s normal PGA fantasy contests.

Each hole for each golfer will go through the custom numberFire simulator, which factors in contexts such as distance, par and player skill. One round will be simmed each day with stats and a leaderboard updated at the end of each night.  Winners will receive site credit.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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