Bitcoin Fantasy Golf: Scottish Open & John Deere Classic

This week is a little different than most on the golfing tour schedule as our sights are set on the Open Championship next week. So this week, some players will be taking a break from tournament action to travel and/or prepare for the Open.

We’ve posted a variety of games this week including two fantasy pools, and also a bunch of pari-mutuel pools where users can wager on the results. Click this link to view available contests

Some of the stars are using this week’s Scottish Open to prepare for next week’s Open Championship. Fowler, Stenson, and Adam Scott are teeing it up this week in Scotland. Rory will also play the Scottish Open, and we wonder whether he can get back to form and look for a decent finish in this year’s Open, where the fans will be on his side.

We’ve posted a fantasy for the Scottish Open with a limited list of players to draft. We’ll update scores at least once per day, but the scores will not update in realtime.

Back in the states, Berger and Zach Johnson will play the John Deere. Jordan Spieth will skip the tournament this year and travel overseas. Dustin Johnson is also taking a bye week.

We have posted a full field fantasy contest for the John Deere, with real-time scoring.

The US Women’s Open will be played at Trump Bedminster this week as well, and LPGA fans can place a wager in our winner progressive pool.

Players Championship Preview

This week CoinRoster is extra excited for the Players Championship because the progressive on our weekly winner’s pool is the highest its ever been. Last week, no user bet on Brian Harman, the eventual winner, so our progressive jackpot rolled over to this week and now stands at 0.236702 bitcoins!

One way to play this progressive is to check the odds on a sports book, then compare the odds on the sports book to the odds in our pool. For example, if the odds for Rickie Fowler are 22 at the sports book and the odds in our pool are 120, then you’re getting much better odds in our pool and our users are getting an edge.

Since the value of the progressive is so high this week (230x the minimum bet) there are lot’s of opportunities on the middle ranked players. Certain players who might be 50 to 1 odds might give our users more than 200x their wager.

This week the PGA Tour stops at TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championships, 7,189 yards, par 72. Already lauded as a course that plays no favorites and deftly tests all parts of a player’s game, the Stadium Course offers two new tests this year for the game’s best players. The narrow water hazard between Nos. 6 and 7 has been expanded into a rectangular lake, removing several trees in the vicinity. More significant is No. 12, which has been turned into a drivable par-4 with both fairway and green sloping toward a new water hazard on the left. What hasn’t changed is the hole that receives the most attention – the iconic 17th, measuring 137 yards over water to a green connected only by narrow rear pathway.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and newlywed No. 2 Rory McIlroy join defending champion Jason Day to headline what is annually the year’s strongest roster. The lineup features 24 of the top 25 in the current world rankings and 55 of the top 60. Bernhard Langer, 59, is the oldest player in THE PLAYERS field for the third consecutive year. The Hall of Famer will make his 26th start at TPC Sawgrass, getting in by virtue of last year’s victory at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. One additional berth is available for the winner of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, if he hasn’t already qualified.

Johnson, owner of three straight wins before the Wells Fargo Championship, could use an uptick at TPC Sawgrass. Before last year’s share of 28th, his previous seven starts had yet to yield a top-30 finish. Johnson has broken 70 just once in an opening round – a 68 in 2014. New Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia, the 2008 PLAYERS winner, makes his first start since Augusta National. It’s been 14 years since he missed a cut at TPC Sawgrass – but the past two Masters winners (Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett) missed THE PLAYERS cut after slipping on the green jacket. McIlroy tees it up in competition for the first time as a married man, wedding Erica Stoll in a lavish affair 2 ½ weeks ago at Ashford Castle in Ireland. The reigning FedExCup champion has finished outside the top 10 just once anywhere since East Lake, failing short of knockout play at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

Wells Fargo Championship Preview

The excitement is building at CoinRoster for the Wells Fargo Championship this week because our progressive pool on who will win the tournament carried over from last week and now stands at over 0.10 bitcoins. This progressive amount will be awarded pro-rata to the users who wager on the winner of the tournament winner in addition to the amount bet in the pool itself this week.

The value of the progressive at 0.10 btc with a minimum wager of 0.001 btc means any player with less than 100.00 odds should be in play. For basic strategy, we suggest our users start is checking the odds posted on odds checker and comparing those odds to our winner’s pool. For example, at the time of writing, most sports books have the odds of Jim Furyk of about 80.00, but he is currently priced in our pool at 133.00, and no users have bet on him, a bet at the minimum amount of 0.001 btc represents a positive expectation for a sharp user.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson, back from missing the Masters after a freak stairs accident, heads a roster that features six of the top 20 in the present Fedex Cup rankings. No.10 Adam Scott and No.13 Jon Rahm also will test Eagle Point. Sweden’s Alex Noren, currently No.12, will make just his second U.S. start at a stop that’s neither a major nor a World Golf Championships event. He reached the quarterfinals of the WGC Dell Match Play. Former U.S. Amateur champ Curtis Luck makes the Wells Fargo Championship his second start after turning professional. He missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open.

Phil Mickelson tries once again for his first Wells Fargo victory, despite 11 top-12 finishes in 13 previous visits. The Hall of Famer was runner-up to McIlroy in 2010, beaten out by the youngster’s closing 62. Five of the previous seven defending champions have not been around on Sunday. McIlroy tied for fourth last year, while Derek Ernst held a share of 30th in 2014.

The LPGA stops in Mexico this week for the Lorena Ochoa Match Play. This is the first year the format has been changed to a match play, and the tournament also a new spot in the schedule. The tournament will feature Inbee Park and Ariya Jutanugarn as well as veteran American Christie Kerr who has been playing inspired golf recently. Our LPGA progressive carries over from the previous week to provide extra incentive. LPGA fans will be delighted by the “legends match” four legendary LPGA Tour players will compete in public exhibition matches. Host Lorena Ochoa, a 27-time LPGA Tour winner who will be enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in September, will be joined by Hall of Famers Juli Inkster (Class of 2000), Annika Sorenstam (Class of 2003) and Se Ri Pak (Class of 2007).

 

Zurich Classic Preview

Its going to be a little bit different on the PGA Tour this week. For the first time in decades, a PGA Tour event will be held without stroke play. This week’s Zurich Classic will be the first official PGA Tour event to use a team format since the 1981 Walt Disney Classic. Scoring will work by the top 35 teams and ties will making the weekend. Alternate shot will be used in the first and third rounds, while best ball will be used in the second and fourth rounds, as well as for a sudden-death playoff if necessary.

For fantasy players, its a bit of a letdown. Although its fun to watch tour pros play on teams and different scoring formats are also nice, fantasy players won’t be able to compete in the usual weekly competition. Other fantasy sites are only posting contests for the European Tour event this week in China.

Looking at the field, the biggest names are the Jason Day/Rickie Fowler team and the Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson. Other cheer worthy groups include the all-Canadian David Hearn/Graham DeLaet team and the all-African team of Branden Grace/Louis Oosthuizen. Certainly the most oddball/comical pairing is the team of Bryson DeChambeau/Rory Sabbatini.

CoinRoster users can bet in a pool for who will win the Zurich Classic. The progressive jackpot is currently 0.01615 bitcoins.

The LPGA Tour stops in Texas for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. This will be the first tournament back for Lexi Thompson after her controversial loss at Dinah Shore. Other favorites to win include superstars Inbee Park and In Gee Chun, as well as Texas resident Stacy Lewis. Most sports books have local touring pro Gerina Piller at about 50 to 1 odds.

CoinRoster users can bet in this week’s LPGA pool on who will win the Texas Shootout by clicking here.

PGA Tour Fantasy Golf Puerto Rico Open & Match Play

This week is a split week for the PGA Tour as there’s a WGC event along with both a stroke play tournament each being played. The Puerto Rico Open has a shallow field with most of the top players teeing it up in the WGC Dell Match Play. Even so, a few of the top players, such as Stenson, are taking this as a by week altogether and skipping both events.

We’ve posted two pools that users can join. There is a fantasy golf pool for the Puerto Rico Open and a pari-mutuel pool for the Dell Match Play. In the future we hope to have a bracket game available, stay tuned.

Fantasy Draft PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational

After our first test game last week, we have posted another Double-Up fantasy contest with a 0.002 btc entry fee this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win, and he is priced for value on our draft list.

The Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 7,419 yards, par 72. A rustic golf outpost on Orlando’s rural outskirts got a major boost in 1965 when Arnold Palmer proclaimed it the “best course in Florida” upon his first visit. Over time, Palmer eventually bought the place and made it his winter base. The PGA TOUR arrived in 1979, when the old Florida Citrus Open relocated across town to “Arnie’s Place.” Laid out in 1961 by Dick Wilson, Palmer’s constant tinkering over the years has left no doubt about whose stamp it bears. Bay Hill’s closing trio of holes often yields a dramatic finish, most notably Robert Gamez’s stunning 7-iron holeout at No. 18 to vault past Greg Norman in the 1990 edition.

The Field: Jason Day, the final champion to have that special greenside moment with The King, defends his title against a roster that includes a dozen others from the top 25 in the world rankings. Hideki Matsuyama and Henrik Stenson are other top-10 entrants. … Korean pro Jeunghun Wang, with three European Tour wins in the past 10 months, makes his second start on U.S. soil. The first came at last year’s PGA Championship. Also, world No. 11 Alex Noren tees it up on these shores for the first time since Baltusrol. … John Daly, now a PGA TOUR Champions regular, returns to Bay Hill for the first time since 2006. He might be best known around the place for the 18 he carded at No. 6 in 1998.

Storylines: Palmer’s absence from his beloved tournament will hover over the week, an occasion for both sadness and joy in his legacy. Attendees at Bay Hill will see a new bronze statue of Palmer, positioned to overlook the first and 10th tees. Host duties will be shared by a golf foursome – Annika Sorenstam, Graeme McDowell, Peter Jacobsen and Curtis Strange – plus former Homeland Security chief and Palmer confidant Tom Ridge. … Day tees it up for the first time since the West Coast, where he had two top-12s in four starts but was 64th last time out at Riviera. … Stenson, an Orlando resident who lives some 45 minutes away, returns in quest of his first Bay Hill victory. He’s been no worse than fifth in the past three years.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC).