FanDuel will start offering daily fantasy golf games as it prepares to merge with DraftKings.
Yahoo Finance first reported on the official go-ahead to FanDuel’s daily fantasy golf game, but the company had been talking about adding the game for well over a year, including surveying players about the prospect of daily fantasy golf.
What you’ll notice is that the FanDuel daily fantasy golf format is different from the one offered by DraftKings, in that players pick new teams for the final two rounds of the competition. This was done, in part, to differentiate the games but also to ensure the game complies with potential legal interpretations of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act of 2006, which offers unclear language in regard to daily fantasy golf and each round or each player competing in a unique competition.
Effectively, players will have two rosters, perhaps getting a sense of second life with the weekend field reduced. It will change strategy substantially. However, since we don’t know if you’ll draft two completely separate lineups, we don’t know the ramifications for the game.
The FanDuel daily fantasy golf contests will be in beta until the Masters in April, when it will launch full-time. In the interim, FanDuel will offer nine multi-sport $2-entry-fee qualifier contests for a broader tournament which will offer a grand prize of a three-day golf trip with former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (who is from Detroit).