DraftKings changes golf scoring to lower points for albatrosses, holes-in-one
Fantasy Golf

DraftKings changes golf scoring to lower points for albatrosses, holes-in-one


SHARE THIS STORY



DraftKings is changing its golf scoring, offering lower points for the rarest events in a golf tournament.

Beginning with the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii, DraftKings golf scoring is lowering the number of points for albatrosses (double eagles) from 20 points to 13 points and for holes-in-one (aces) from a 10-point bonus to a 5-point bonus.



The DraftKings hole-in-one bonus has long drawn the ire of daily fantasy golf players because getting an ace is largely a function of luck. Previously offering 10 points for something like that rare had the potential to dramatically change the complexion of a contest with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. However, by cutting the bonus in half, DraftKings is acknowledging an eagle on a par 3 is a more special shot than an eagle on par 4s or par 5s.

The same thinking seems to motivate the change in points for albatrosses. Now there is a 5-point jump from birdie to eagle and from eagle to albatross. That consistency seems better than the eagle-albatross gap at 7 points. A 2 on a par 5 is extremely rare, too, so offering that for a lucky shot seemed out of spirit of daily fantasy sports with hardcore players who work to find advantages on the margins of their lineups, not in one-time strokes of luck.

It's unclear if other changes are coming to DraftKings daily fantasy golf scoring, but these changes are certainly welcome.


SUBSCRIBE AND WIN PEAKVISION SUNGLASSES!

New subscribers to our weekly email newsletter from October 15 through December 15 will be entered to win a pair of PeakVision sunglasses of their choice! PeakVision's Dual Zone technology prevents glare while offering unparalleled clarity that's perfect for golfers. The patented PeakVision lens enhances the golfer's ability to see the contours of the greens better with high-definition amber lens which provide three times the definition than the naked eye, and we want you to experience the difference for yourself. (Rules and regulations)


About the author

Golf News Net

Golf News Net

We use the Golf News Net byline sometimes just to change things up. But, it's one of us humans writing the story, we promise.

Sometimes we post sponsored content from this account, and it is labeled as such. We also occasionally include links to products and services from which we could make a small percentage of a sale through affiliate programs.