2023 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.
Select an alternate golfer in case one your picks is a NO SHOW.
Mar 2 - Aug 20 (25 weeks)
Prizes are awarded to the top performers as per the prize schedule.
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 25 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 earnings accrued by the 3 golfers in your lineup at the END of each tournament will be added to your total season earnings. Total season earnings 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 earnings 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 earnings 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 earnings if he is in your starting lineup, single earnings 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 earnings. 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.

Alternate Pick / No Shows
Each week an alternate golfer can be selected in case one of your starting golfers is a first round NO SHOW. This league is currently configured for:
Did Not Start (DNS)
Withdrawn (WD)
Disqualified (DQ)

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 Did Not Start (DNS) scenario. Leagues can also choose to use an alternate pick for golfers who withdraw (WD) or get disqualified (DQ) in the first round. If a golfer completes the first round (i.e. posts a score for 18 holes) and then the WD/DQ occurs, the alternate pick is not applicable. If any of the NO SHOW scenarios above occur for a tournament and you have selected an alternate golfer, your lineup will be automatically updated between the 1st and 2nd rounds. You will receive a system generated email notifying you of the lineup change. The list of each team's alternate pick and whether it was used can be viewed on the Alternate Picks page available via the submenu link on the Weekly Results page.

NOTE: For the Match Play tournament, the WD/DQ alternate pick rule only applies to the first round matches on Wednesday. If a WD/DQ occurs on the second or third day, the alternate pick will not be applied.

Season Duration
The season begins the first week of March and runs through mid-August. This results in a season of 25 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.)