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We’re breaking segment 4 of PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf for the Olympics. Officially known as the Men’s Olympic Golf Competition, it is not an official event on the PGA TOUR, so it does not contribute to the fantasy game on PGATOUR.com. Segment 4 continues next week with the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
But you already knew that, so that’s not all.
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The real breaking news is that PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf is undergoing renovations for the PGA TOUR 2021-22 season.
The core of the game as you know it today will stay the same. This includes the line-up of up to four starters and two bankers per round, as well as limited starts per golfer per X number of segments.
There are many refinements out there, but they are being introduced to simplify and improve the gaming experience. So if change is prone to overwhelm you, you will be fine.
It starts with a fresh surface. It will be a familiarity, but design upgrades will make it more intuitive. Once you learn the basics, navigation becomes easier.
The most notable change is that ShotLink is no longer used to measure performance. So no data is recorded at the shot level. Only the actual points and bonus points are recorded in a table. The rating per hole is similar to the DFS, which was partly derived from the modified Stableford rating. The FedExCup points bonus at the end of the tournament will remain at 10 percent.
With the elimination of ShotLink, real-time fantasy scoring and completing it after a round and tournament will be faster, simpler and easier. Save Monday ends of course, the days of waiting until Monday afternoon each week for confirmation that everything is buttoned up are over.
Taking part in a league will also improve your experience. Roster comparisons, sending out invitations and other concepts become seamless and, in turn, more intuitive.
In addition to the finer details on many of the above, other optimizations and performance improvements are also being built into the platform. I’ve seen the mocks and they are impressive.
This development was made possible mainly because your opinions and feedback were heard. Too often, gamers or users of digitally consumed products cannot sense or quantify how their voice is making a difference. I experience the same thing in my own off-gig pursuits, so I get it. Well, I am here to tell you that your vote was important and that is not unprecedented in my tenure. The tech team, as I have often called them, got to work on your behalf.
I’m still digesting what I’ve learned in the short amount of time I’ve learned about developments to come, so it would be presumptuous to predict how the ownership philosophy and gameplay will play out. In due course, gang.
Until then, there will be regular preview material again next week!
PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf
RETURN TO COMPETITION
Si Woo Kim … suspended since retiring with back pain on his first lap of the John Deere Classic. For the 26-year-old, this was the career path. I can’t help but wonder if if he did his conscription in his home country of South Korea, it could make matters worse. If he does not win medals in the Olympics this week, he must register by the age of 28. Sungjae Im is pursuing the same exception as well, but he’s only 23 so he could have another chance in Paris for the 2024 Games if he doesn’t Medal in Tokyo.
Jon Rahm … tested positive for COVID-19. Just before the news, he announced that he won’t be participating in the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational next week, but the sign-up deadline for the final WGC of the season isn’t until 5:00 p.m. ET this Friday. So it is reasonable that he should change his mind and run.
Bryson DeChambeau… Also tested positive for COVID-19.
POWER RANKINGS RECAP – 3M Open
Power Ranking Golfer Score
1 Louis Oosthuizen T2
2 Dustin Johnson MC
3 Emiliano Grillo MC
4 Tony Finau T28
5 Bubba Watson T51
6 Luke list T58
7 Hank Lebioda WD
8 Charl Schwartzel T2
9 Ryan Moore MC
10 Matthew Wolff T39
11 Robert MacIntyre MC
12 Stewart Cink MC
13 The Pereira T6 myth
14 Steve Stricker MC
15 Dylan Frittelli MC
Wildcard Patrick Reed T34
SLEEPING RECAP – 3M Open
Brandon leaves MC
Wes Roach MC
Roger Sloan T16
Cameron Tringale T16
Erik van Rooyen T58
BIRTHDAYS AMONG ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE PGA TOUR
July 27 … Jordan Spieth (28)
July 28 … Will Gordon (25)
July 29 … Harrison Frazar (50)
July 30 … Graeme McDowell, 42; Justin Rose (41)
July 31st… none
August 1st… none
August 2… Jonathan Kaye, 51; Brian Davis (47)
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