The Masters is easily one of the best sporting events on the planet. There’s Augusta National, the green jacket, amazing golfers past and present — everything about the tournament is amazing. I’ve paid attention to the Masters every year for as long as I can remember, and now thanks to a fantasy-style game my friend calls the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge, I can be more involved than ever before. The best part is — you can try this same idea with your friends, coworkers and family.
Here are the rules we use for the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge (with my bonus comments written in italics):
1) Buy in is $20 per person and the limit is one entry per person.
You can make the buy in as much as you want. In fact, you can still play this for free (with only bragging rights on the line) and it will still be fun.
2) Each participant picks ONE golfer. Once that golfer is selected, he is taken off the board.
In other words, no participants can have the same golfer playing in the tournament. Once Keegan Bradley is taken, no one else can choose him. It works like that for every golfer picked during the draft.
3) This is the fun twist — you can NOT pick a golfer in the World Golf Rankings top 10 at the time of the Masters.
I know this is easy to understand, but here’s an example anyway: this year’s Masters begins on Thursday, April 11th and the latest World Golf Rankings came out on Monday, April 8th (they’re released weekly). A golfer in the top 10 on the 8th can’t be selected for the Masters starting on the 11th.
4) The participant whose golfer finishes the tournament highest on the leaderboard (with the lowest score) wins the entire pot.
You can change the payout to include more people if you want (maybe a 70%, 20, 10 for the top three participants), but I personally like the “all or nothing” part of our Masters Tournament Challenge.
5) In the event of a tie, the participant whose player had the lower final round score wins all the money.
If you need an extra tiebreaker, you can go with the lower score in the third round or maybe even really single it down to the golfer who scored the best on No. 10 ”Camelia” (historically the toughest hole at Augusta National) in the final round. It’s totally up to you.
Those are the five rules we use for our Masters Golf Tournament Challenge. It’s really simple, and it’s easy for the person running the contest as well. There’s very little work for them to do, because you can find the Masters leaderboard all over the internet throughout the tournament.
If you’re wondering how we select a draft order, my friend literally throws our names into a hat and pulls them out randomly. We hold our draft the Tuesday before the Masters begins (again, the first round of the tournament is on Thursday every year).
I don’t have a favorite golfer, so the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge finally gives me someone to hang my hat on. We haven’t held our draft yet, but I’ll be rooting for my golfer like crazy. We usually get around 30 people playing, so our field of golfers runs pretty deep. That means I might be pulling for a guy like John Merrick. Again, your golfer doesn’t have to win the Masters, they just need to score better than the rest of the golfers picked in your Masters Golf Tournament Challenge pool.
It’s called the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge, but you can obviously use these rules for any tournament throughout the season. Feel free to alter the rules however you want. I just encourage you to have fun with your friends, coworkers and family. Let me know if you have any questions — or if you have a fun rule that you use that we don’t. You can simply leave a comment below, or you can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more on the world of sports!