2018 PTFG Rules

The Rules In 30 Seconds
Pick 3 golfers for each week's PGA golf tournament with the option to substitute 1 golfer with another after the 2nd round. (Note that a golfer can only be used TWICE* throughout the course of the PTFG season.)
Points are awarded based on how much money each selected golfer wins in each tournament.
Mar 1 - Aug 12 (24 weeks)
Prize money is awarded to the top performers in the overall season and each of the 6 segments (4 weeks each).
About 5-10 minutes every Wednesday night to pick your starting lineup and about 1-2 minutes every Friday night / Saturday morning to select your sub.

The Complete Rules
The goal of the challenge is to accrue the most earnings by selecting PGA golfers to compete for you over a season of 24 tournaments. Each week you will select 3 golfers who will compete as part of your team. At designated times during each tournament, as outlined below; you will be allowed to make golfer substitutions. The total winnings accrued by the 3 golfers in your lineup at the END of each tournament will be added to your total season winnings. Total season winnings are used to determine the season winners.

In addition to the season competition, there are 6 separate segment competitions. The 6 segments are composed of four tournaments (occasionally 5 tournaments). Typically, segment 1 is weeks 1-4, segment 2 is weeks 5-8, and so on. Cash prizes are awarded to the top performers in each segment.

Scoring System
You may only use a golfer TWICE* during the season. Once you have used a golfer twice, you may not use him for the rest of the season - except when using a MULLIGAN (see below). Anytime a golfer appears in your lineup, it counts as one of his two uses.

You must submit your 3 starting golfers via the website prior to first round play beginning each Thursday. The weekly lineup page contains the lineup deadline which is usually the same as the first tee time. Upon submitting your lineup, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your starting lineup.

Each golfer you submit for your starting lineup will earn you TWICE the winnings he is awarded (if he makes the cut and wins any money). After the cut has been determined at the completion of the 2nd round on Friday, you may substitute a golfer for ONE of the golfers you submitted in your starting lineup. However, the new golfer is only eligible for SINGLE winnings and both he and the golfer he was substituted for will be designated as having used 1 week of their 2 week eligibility. Your sub must be received by prior to the start of 3rd round play (usually Saturday 9 AM central time).

Each team will receive 6 mulligans that can be used during the PTFG season. There are two ways in which a mulligan can be used:
  1. A mulligan may be used to use a golfer a third time (assuming you've already used him twice). This golfer is eligible for double winnings if he is in your starting lineup, single winnings if used as a third or fourth round sub.
  2. A mulligan may be used for a fourth round sub, but that golfer will only be awarded single winnings. If you have used him twice already, you will be charged 2 mulligans (one for his third use and another for a Sunday sub). Note that you may only use 1 fourth round mulligan per week.
Any time a mulligan is used to pick up a golfer, it will count towards his usage limit for the season (which cannot exceed 3). The website tracks all golfer usages for each team and makes it easy to know how many times you've used a golfer prior to submitting your lineup. All PGA Tour golfers in the system are listed in the drop-downs, not just those playing in the upcoming tournament. Therefore, you are SOLELY responsible for ensuring that your selected golfers are playing in each week's tournament. Use the resources on the website to do this including several buttons on the Lineup page such as Check Field, Odds Checker, and Tee Times.

Lineup entry deadlines will be adjusted as needed to accommodate weather delays or tournament postponements. Always check the PTFG website for any updates.

In the rare case a golfer is started and withdraws prior to teeing off or NEVER plays in the tournament, he will not be charged a usage. This is known as a NO SHOW. If you have selected an alternate golfer, then your lineup will be updated with your alternate pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds. However, if your golfer hits even one shot and then withdraws or gets disqualified, you are out of luck! In the unlikely event that your alternate pick is also a NO SHOW, your alternate pick will not be used. Instead, your lineup will be updated with NO SHOW earning you $0 for that pick, but at least sparing you the usage. Like any other golfer, you can replace your NO SHOW pick with a weekend sub.

Season Duration
The season begins the first week of March and runs through mid-August. This results in a season of 24 weeks. This schedule includes all 4 majors plus the TPC, but ends just prior to the start of the Fantasy Football season.

Prize Money
Time Commitment
About 5-10 minutes every Wednesday night to pick your starting lineup and about 1-2 minutes every Friday night or Saturday morning to select your sub.

Entry Fee
Your league entry fee MUST be paid in full prior to the start of the challenge. Otherwise, you will not be able to login into the site to submit your starting lineup for week #1. (Note: Receive a $25 discount off your entry fee for every new owner you bring into the pool -- up to a maximum of 4 owners, of course.)