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El Bandido
17 Jan 17 19:50
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Starts this week with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

https://fantasyrace.europeantour.com/

After winning in 2015, I will be trying to win back my title Excited
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By:
stephaniebot
When: 17 Jan 17 22:25
Right, I've given it a go, but cant find anywhere that explains the scoring system for points. Care to help?Love
By:
BIG CAT LEON LETT
When: 18 Jan 17 01:22
How did you enjoy your prizes?Clubs going well?I remember pulling for you.Where did you finish last year?
By:
El Bandido
When: 18 Jan 17 05:47
stephanie - Game Rules are on this page: https://fantasyrace.europeantour.com/Game-Rules-2c.html

The game’s scoring system is simple.

Each week, your team of six golfers will score points in the game based on the official Race to Dubai points they earn in the 2017 European Tour tournaments (not prize money – which differs in certain matchplay events and the Final Series), starting with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (19-22 January 2017).

Plus…

    Points earned by your captain will be doubled (x2)
By:
El Bandido
When: 18 Jan 17 06:04
BIG CATT - I won set of Titleist AP1 irons and bag, which I haven't actually used yet, so they are just there in my office as a kind of trophy. Also in the prize was a VIP trip to the BMW PGA last year, but I couldn't make it because I'd just become a dad (which was a way better prize anyway)!

Last year finished just outside top 1000. Was in the top 200 at one stage, but went with crazy selections in the final tournaments to try to make up ground and it definitely didn't come off.

This year it's a full season again (only began in April last year), and also it's just x2 points for captain (last year was x3 captain, and x2 for vice captain). So the rules are a bit more like in 2015 again, but with 6 picks instead of 10. I fancy my chances again, but of course need plenty of luck as well!
By:
stephaniebot
When: 18 Jan 17 09:40
Yes, I think I looked everywhere for them but the right placeWhoops

Thanks EB, though I doubt I will be challenging for the big prizes
By:
El Bandido
When: 18 Jan 17 09:52
Good luck stephanie, I hope you prove yourself wrong!
By:
TheNephilim
When: 18 Jan 17 22:56
Is there a Betfair Golf Forum league this year Gareth?
By:
El Bandido
When: 19 Jan 17 09:18
furrelli did this last couple of years, but seems like he's not around these days Sad

So I just set one up...

League Name: Betfair
League Pin: e0c4x5QSET
By:
TheNephilim
When: 19 Jan 17 10:30
Cheers EB, early days but nice picks this week fella
By:
stephaniebot
When: 19 Jan 17 22:27
So do I, but I doubt it!Laugh
By:
scarlet
When: 20 Jan 17 17:02
Request to join sent El B 
I will try and give you a run this season as no distractions
By:
sewter lives again
When: 21 Jan 17 15:28
Hello EB

Have requested to join again this year. Always seem to miss a week or 2 then lose interest.
However, this year's resolution is to make sure I enter each week and give you a good run for the money.

Cheers SLA
By:
El Bandido
When: 24 Jan 17 15:08
After the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

1 captainscarlet 527,730   
2 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 360,139   
3 Second again 293,448   
4 NephilimsMenOfRenown 254,975   
5 Harleans Hopefuls 245,083

Good luck everyone this week!
By:
scarlet
When: 24 Jan 17 19:49
Tommy Fleetwood to the rescue probably my only winner of the season
By:
El Bandido
When: 31 Jan 17 22:22
After the Qatar Masters:

1 captainscarlet 735,341   
2 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 570,867   
3 Second again 543,143   
4 Harleans Hopefuls 402,428   
5 NephilimsMenOfRenown 370,080
By:
El Bandido
When: 07 Feb 17 20:43
After the Dubai Desert Classic:

1 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 1,754,102
2 Second again 1,561,846
3 captainscarlet 898,901   
4 NephilimsMenOfRenown 748,295
5 Harleans Hopefuls 546,103
By:
stephaniebot
When: 07 Feb 17 21:34
Should have called them Harleans Failures lolTongue Out
By:
El Bandido
When: 14 Feb 17 11:14
After the Maybank Championship:

1 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 2,026,752   
2 Second again 1,745,644   
3 DESERT STORMERS 1,686,604   
4 captainscarlet 1,006,520   
5 NephilimsMenOfRenown 808,960   
6 Harleans Hopefuls 695,897
By:
stephaniebot
When: 19 Feb 17 09:33
First, fourth and fifth (capt) will hopefully move me off the bottom
By:
El Bandido
When: 19 Feb 17 11:31
After the World Super 6 Perth:

1 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 2,170,804   
2 Second again 2,150,287   
3 DESERT STORMERS 1,961,937   
4 Harleans Hopefuls 1,098,648   
5 captainscarlet 1,089,933   
6 NephilimsMenOfRenown 912,642
By:
El Bandido
When: 28 Feb 17 18:00
After the Joburg Open:

1 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 2,277,600   
2 Second again 2,264,849   
3 DESERT STORMERS 2,063,144   
4 Harleans Hopefuls 1,132,471   
5 captainscarlet 1,131,465   
6 NephilimsMenOfRenown 965,309

I'm 498th overall. The WGC this week should shake things up a bit. Good luck all!
By:
sewter lives again
When: 28 Feb 17 19:52
Living up to my name "second again". Overall in 529th place.

Yes EB this week will definitely shake things up especially with virtually no course and distance form and a huge prize fund.

Interesting to see who the leaders pick.
By:
stephaniebot
When: 28 Feb 17 20:30
Had my squad all sorted out, only to discover that most of the US players, and Adam Scott aren't listed in the Euro Tour comp, grumble, grumble...
By:
El Bandido
When: 06 Mar 17 12:40
After the WGC Mexico Championship:

1 Second again 3,593,614   
2 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 3,484,705   
3 NephilimsMenOfRenown 2,686,368   
4 DESERT STORMERS 2,683,768   
5 captainscarlet 2,237,474   
6 Harleans Hopefuls 1,611,106

Decent week there for us, sewter. I'm up to 173rd overall, and you did even better.
By:
sewter lives again
When: 06 Mar 17 13:04
Yes a shame Rahm couldn't hold on for second or even the win.
Still can't complain up to 125th overall.

I have been mega impressed with Rahm since seeing him and I reckon he is a near certainty for the next Ryder Cup team.
By:
El Bandido
When: 14 Mar 17 19:32
After the Indian Open:

1 Second again 3,860,070   
2 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion! 3,712,765   
3 DESERT STORMERS 2,920,765   
4 NephilimsMenOfRenown 2,867,591   
5 captainscarlet 2,836,298   
6 Harleans Hopefuls 2,020,990

A week off before the next big one: The WGC Match Play. Remember it starts on Wednesday!
By:
scarlet
When: 14 Mar 17 21:05
The 2 tailenders pick a winner
Wonders never cease
By:
stephaniebot
When: 14 Mar 17 21:22
My problem was doing abysmally on the 1 big prize money week, been pretty solid excluding that. Oh, and this tailender is 2nd overall at present on the EB contest, just saying...
By:
scarlet
When: 14 Mar 17 21:32
Apologies stephaniebot you should make top 6 position in both comps
I will endeavour to try and make top 6 on the EB contest
By:
El Bandido
When: 14 Mar 17 22:12
In this Fantasy R2D, you really just need to pick the 6 shortest odds players, and make the favourite captain. More or less, anyway.

The Golf Comp (EB contest?!) is THE true test of skill. Abysmal start from me this year in that one, and stephaniebot just adding salt into the wound Angry
By:
stephaniebot
When: 14 Mar 17 23:55
Irony was, I had the winner in Mexico, just couldn't put him in my Euro tour team!Crazy

Its fine, Scarlet, but I know which one I'd expect to do better in, and its not the fantasy one!Laugh
By:
sewter lives again
When: 15 Mar 17 15:26
I realised some time ago what your tactics were for this EB-I agree it pretty well works each week.

I tend to have opinions about some courses/golfers and work that into my selections.
By:
El Bandido
When: 15 Mar 17 16:25
sewter, I use a model which outputs winning probabilities for each tournament. All my bets and fantasy plays are based on this model.

I talked about my strategy a bit in the interview after I won it:

http://www.europeantour.com/myeuropeantour/news/the-winner-story-fantasy-race-dubai/
By:
sewter lives again
When: 15 Mar 17 16:44
Thanks EB interesting

I think this year's comp is much better with just 6 picks and a captain
By:
El Bandido
When: 15 Mar 17 16:58
I agree, 6 picks + captain, it's a good balance between luck and skill. The Rolex Series tournaments this year with big purses should make things interesting as well.
By:
sewter lives again
When: 15 Mar 17 17:03
the only regret this year so far was Tommy Fleetwood was my 7th pick for Mexico!!
By:
sewter lives again
When: 23 Mar 17 11:57
the matchplay format is a nightmare could be miles behind after this week

hope you didnt pick Rory as captain like me-needs a miracle to qualify
By:
El Bandido
When: 23 Mar 17 12:24
Of course I did, and I'm sure many others did too. Still has a chance.
By:
sewter lives again
When: 23 Mar 17 12:39
just looked at leaderboard a surprising spread of captains amongst the leaders
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