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13 Jan 15 12:47
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Hey fellahs, Its a free to enter compy with a fair few prizes on offer & can be found here

Do it every year.... maybe Dubai one year.... Have set up a league for anybody interested in joining? bragging rights only im afraid

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Report scarlet June 9, 2015 8:40 PM BST
Hello Furrelli
Can I join the league?
I will pose no danger to you high flyers I have about 9 million
Too many missed weeks like Masters WGC etc
I can do some chasing the leaders and get a Europa league place
Report furrelli June 9, 2015 8:57 PM BST
Always welcome as its only for bragging rights :) i'll add you & yer scores will come up from next week.
Report scarlet June 10, 2015 10:07 AM BST
furrelli my team name scarletohara15
do you administer the league
or do I join?
Report furrelli June 10, 2015 11:48 AM BST
Join through eurofantasy & join the league as below with the ID Pin & i'll add you once youve applied to join.

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Report furrelli June 15, 2015 3:43 PM BST
Austrian Open done & dusted & we're all as we were bar the 2 newbies, welcome btw, who jump in at 8 & 9

Dont forget to enter a team this week folks as its big bucks with the US open being the featured event despite it being the Euro tour..... go figure :)

1  Team Clayton  16,963,561
2  Moe Norman Fan Club  15,994,217
3  Desert Stormers  15,741,013
4  Furelli's X  14,242,148
5  Dennos Muppets  13,773,504
6  "THE" Clique Team  12,630,816
7  miguelyn  11,222,200
8  The Yellow Road Wasps  10,544,953
9  scarletohara15 9,740,435
10  Venusflytrap  8,699,823
11 southwell seniors  7,419,753
12 pretty bubbles  6,982,121
13 IOSD  6,872,267
14 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  6,197,834
15 Lupset Tigers  5,602,620
16 Callits Crackers  5,398,480
Report furrelli June 22, 2015 2:39 PM BST
Well that shook the tree up! Well done to the trio who landed nearly £2M this week & made significant inroads into the top of the leaderboard. All to play for. Anybody won any prizes yet or been entered into the season ending draw?

1  Team Clayton  17,878,091
2  Desert Stormers  17,676,377
3  Moe Norman Fan Club  17,545,572
4  Dennos Muppets  15,731,791
5  Furelli's X  15,102,217
6  "THE" Clique Team  13,208,192
7  miguelyn  13,148,589
8  The Yellow Road Wasps  11,199,681
9  scarletohara15  10,929,547
10 Venusflytrap  8,796,667
11 southwell seniors  8,215,544
12 pretty bubbles  7,832,631
13 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  7,205,317
14 IOSD  6,960,618
15 Lupset Tigers  5,613,354
16 Callits Crackers  5,425,897
Report El Bandido June 24, 2015 9:13 AM BST
Ouch! Terrible week for me Cry Didn't have Oosthuizen, Schwartzel or Grace in my team. Was top of the overall standings after the WGC Match Play, but my lead only lasted a week. Still, was 8th place overall going into last week. Now down to 94th! Hope I can bounce back. It's game on in the betfair league now!
Report furrelli July 6, 2015 8:07 PM BST
1   Team Clayton  19,925,157
2   Desert Stormers  19,296,206
3   Moe Norman Fan Club  18,849,379
4   Dennos Muppets  17,084,952
5   Furelli's X  15,505,381
6   miguelyn  14,562,714
7   "THE" Clique Team  13,358,192
8   The Yellow Road Wasps  11,862,384
9   scarletohara15  11,201,813
10  Venusflytrap  8,945,167
11  southwell seniors  8,692,818
12  pretty bubbles  8,159,905
13  Oosen Saadiyat Golf  7,982,557
14  IOSD  7,698,114
15  Lupset Tigers  6,369,083
16  Callits Crackers  6,127,176
Report furrelli July 14, 2015 12:20 PM BST
1  Team Clayton  20,278,413
2  Desert Stormers  19,931,457
3  Moe Norman Fan Club  19,266,568
4  Dennos Muppets  17,604,435
5  Furelli's X  15,974,091
6  miguelyn  14,928,753
7  "THE" Clique Team  13,479,202
8  The Yellow Road Wasps  12,297,035
9  scarletohara15  11,670,941
10 Venusflytrap  8,975,719
11 southwell seniors  8,926,920
12 pretty bubbles 8,325,794
13 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  8,155,875
14 IOSD  7,959,236
15 Lupset Tigers  6,687,274
16 Callits Crackers  6,295,152

So table is as was.... bar Team Clayton is starting to slip.... quite afew of us doing better than he this week, mind can we do it when it counts on a Major week!

Gl to all having a punt.
Report El Bandido July 15, 2015 5:52 PM BST
Done okay since my US Open meltdown, picked Wiesberger as star player in France, so now back up to 23rd overall. But it's not been enough to shake off Desert Stormers, who is now 54th overall and climbing. Big week this, no obvious favourite amongst the Euro Tour players, and I've gone for a bit of a curveball myself with Shane Lowry as my double points pick. Think he's a great bet this week!

Good luck to you all!
Report furrelli July 21, 2015 12:46 PM BST
We have a faller!!

Table to follow with our new leader!
Report El Bandido July 21, 2015 1:44 PM BST
Ah yes! Cry Actually it didn't end up as bad as I thought, I'm now 50th overall, and Desert Stormers is 48th.

Well played Desert Stormers!
Report furrelli July 21, 2015 2:28 PM BST
Yes v v close it is

1  Desert Stormers  22,004,294
2  Team Clayton  22,002,864
3  Moe Norman Fan Club  21,113,546
4  Dennos Muppets  19,578,278
5  Furelli's X  17,244,347
6  miguelyn  16,356,105
7  "THE" Clique Team  14,519,791
8  The Yellow Road Wasps  13,552,832
9  scarletohara15  12,044,603
10 southwell seniors  9,900,000
11 pretty bubbles  9,034,440
12 Venusflytrap  9,008,374
13 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  9,001,147
14 IOSD  8,104,287
15 Lupset Tigers  6,779,551
16 Callits Crackers 6,390,274
Report furrelli July 28, 2015 11:56 AM BST
Situation normal again...... :D

1  Team Clayton  22,804,686
2  Desert Stormers  22,387,604
3  Moe Norman Fan Club  22,005,750
4  Dennos Muppets  20,433,762
5  Furelli's X  18,015,422
6  miguelyn  17,513,427
7  "THE" Clique Team  15,022,475
8  The Yellow Road Wasps  13,841,226
9  scarletohara15  12,353,281
10 southwell seniors  10,057,950
11 Venusflytrap  9,308,374
12 pretty bubbles  9,190,804
13 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  9,135,787
14 IOSD  8,165,881
15 Lupset Tigers  6,847,355
16 Callits Crackers  6,465,638
Report furrelli August 4, 2015 3:01 PM BST
still pishing about a bit getting familiar with new site..... will update again after WGC tournament, if anyone wants to update thou' pls be my guest, thanks
Report El Bandido August 10, 2015 12:52 PM BST
Well my Shane Lowry gamble didn't exactly come off in the The Open. But it certainly came off this week! Was 48th overall going into the Bridgestone, and now I'm in the overall lead again! Excited

Last time I got into the lead was after the Match Play, so the WGC's have been kind to me this year. Hopefully I can stay there for more than one week this time. But with big points again this week, anything could happen!
Report scarlet August 10, 2015 5:00 PM BST
Well done El Bandido   I finished 2nd for this week with Shane Lowry as star man
Did not pick him in other comp!!  Had a fiver on win also top5/10/20 did same in Open & US Open
Good luck with holding onto your lead
Report furrelli August 10, 2015 6:26 PM BST
Yes well done Scarlet, jus updating the scores & caught yer £4Million+ haul for the week! Believe that puts you into the prized draw for tickets to an event next year?

See El bandido wobble didnt last long either as he now pulls £2M clear, well done Sir!

1  Team Clayton  26,227,164
2  Desert Stormers  24,264,503
3  Moe Norman Fan Club  24,056,167
4  Dennos Muppets  22,058,374
5  Furelli's X  19,887,304
6  miguelyn  19,300,145
7  Scarletohara15  16,626,322
8  "THE" Clique Team  16,108,589
9  The Yellow Road Wasps  14,178,004
10 southwell seniors  11,098,622
11 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  9,976,731
12 pretty bubbles  9,869,626
13 Venusflytrap  9,559,222
14 IOSD 8,357,153
15 Lupset Tigers  7,332,421
16 Callits Crackers  6,571,538
Report El Bandido August 11, 2015 11:30 AM BST
I'm glad Shane Lowry doesn't have a "K" in his name! Laugh

Had a few quid on him myself too. I back all of my golf comp picks, along with quite a few other players. Had a good run with the betting lately, without making any inroads in the comps, but this week was one to remember!

2nd place for the week in the fantasy is excellent, I've not had a top 10 all season myself. Even top 1000 is a good week. Last year I got 2nd in the Malaysian Open, and it gets you into the sweeps in the last event, along with about 400 other teams. It's a bit of a longshot but I wouldn't bet against scarlet!
Report furrelli August 17, 2015 2:21 PM BST
1  Team Clayton  28,123,437
2  Moe Norman Fan Club  26,426,367
3  Desert Stormers  26,310,859
4  Dennos Muppets  23,416,690
5  Furelli's X  21,451,619
6  miguelyn  20,940,891
7  scarletohara15  18,391,662
8  "THE" Clique Team  17,302,120
9  The Yellow Road Wasps  14,504,613
10 southwell seniors  12,172,605
11 Oosen Saadiyat Golf  11,724,934
12 pretty bubbles 10,740,878
13 Venusflytrap  9,869,661
14 IOSD  8,706,979
15 Lupset Tigers  7,368,537
16 Callits Crackers  6,847,013
Report El Bandido August 17, 2015 2:46 PM BST
Delighted to see I'm still leading in the overall!

Cheered me up no end, as I really did my nuts in the US PGA betting!
Report scarlet August 17, 2015 2:47 PM BST
Still leading El
Worked out Ok with no Euro tour winner
Most people picked similar players
Now back on European venues  star winners will be key to overall victory
especially in big prize tournaments
Report furrelli August 18, 2015 10:28 AM BST
Good going El! Keep racking them Euros up & remember.... give a shout out to our league in any victory speech!
Report El Bandido August 18, 2015 4:24 PM BST
Haha will do furrelli! Still a way to go, should be able to hang around for the next few tournaments. The final series in November has the big prize funds, I'm sure it'll go down to the wire.
Report furrelli September 15, 2015 1:05 PM BST
Apologies for my tardiness of late as its now been a few weeks since an update - dont believe much has changed in the overall standings, all be down to the final 4 tournies by the looks. GL to those in with a chance of winning the overall compy as its been a long ol game.!

1        Team Clayton    28,890,948
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    27,398,064
3        Desert Stormers    26,896,160
4        Dennos Muppets    24,073,231
5        Furelli's X    22,617,569
6        miguelyn    22,374,277
7        scarletohara15    19,321,514
8        "THE" Clique Team    17,307,340
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    14,575,073
10        southwell seniors    12,186,725
11        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    11,739,054
12        pretty bubbles    10,756,078
13        Venusflytrap    10,013,352
14        IOSD    8,841,141
15        Lupset Tigers    7,667,478
16        Callits Crackers    7,361,010
Report furrelli October 13, 2015 4:48 PM BST
Another month has gone by already.....! Most do better with these updates as we approach the final run-in

1        Team Clayton    31,726,810
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    30,308,736
3        Desert Stormers    28,436,113
4        Dennos Muppets    26,039,724
5        miguelyn    24,663,460
6        Furelli's X    23,587,387
7        scarletohara15    20,712,718
8        "THE" Clique Team    18,190,115
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    15,475,993
10        southwell seniors    12,786,245
11        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    12,268,332
12        pretty bubbles    11,322,842
13         Venusflytrap    11,267,561
14        IOSD    9,116,682
15        Lupset Tigers    8,676,146
16        Callits Crackers    7,740,638
Report El Bandido October 13, 2015 6:48 PM BST
Kept my lead going in the overall for a few weeks. Dropped to 2nd after the Russian, then back to number 1 after the Dunhill Links.

Now down to 6th place - leaving out Fitzpatrick cost me Cry

Still game on, just 250k behind leader - which is small change when it comes to the final 4 tournaments.

Btw, the new PGA fantasy season starts this week, so it's sign up time if you want to play that one.
Report furrelli October 21, 2015 1:18 PM BST
1        Team Clayton    32,081,730
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    30,888,876
3        Desert Stormers    29,088,963
4        Dennos Muppets    26,714,274
5        miguelyn    25,346,310
6        Furelli's X    24,076,097
7        scarletohara15    21,016,838
8        "THE" Clique Team    18,198,715
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    15,502,193
10         southwell seniors    12,794,845
11        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    12,304,532
12        pretty bubbles    11,338,642
13        Venusflytrap    11,335,461
14        IOSD    9,478,012
15        Lupset Tigers    8,766,653
16        Callits Crackers    8,157,025
Report furrelli October 27, 2015 11:03 AM GMT
1        Team Clayton    32,955,793
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    31,762,939
3        Desert Stormers    29,949,108
4        Dennos Muppets    27,574,419
5        miguelyn    26,052,813
6        Furelli's X    24,509,719
7        scarletohara15    21,137,364
8        "THE" Clique Team    18,606,441
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    15,527,836
10        southwell seniors    13,098,711
11        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    12,608,398
12        Venusflytrap    11,449,063
13        pretty bubbles    11,435,196
14        IOSD    9,478,012
15        Lupset Tigers    8,792,296
16        Callits Crackers    8,157,025

Last 4 weeks then! Good luck to all in the running for the major prizes & hopefully Betfair league gets a winner in the overall compy!
Report El Bandido October 28, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
Yes it's crunch time now in the Fantasy R2D! 1.3 million points to the winner in each of the last 4 tournaments, so anything could happen, even the Betfair league is still up for grabs. In the overall, I'm 7th place just over 200k off the lead.

I've gone with McIlroy as my star pick this week in Turkey. Don't think it's worth the risk in picking one of the others,  but I would if I was a bit further back. Having a peek at some of the teams above me, the 5th place team Cunny Funt currently has Lowry down as star player. That's bold.

Talking of other teams, there's also a Lee Clayton in 22nd place overall. No relation as far as I know. Last year I finished 17th overall, and he was 8th. So although I've come all this way, I could still end up not even being top Clayton for the second year in a row!

So, this is serious! The rest of my line up: Lowry, Schwartzel, Wiesberger, Willett, and Wood - I expect most of the top teams to pick those. But I've also gone with Fleetwood, Dubuisson, Uihlein, and Donaldson. So those are the ones I really need to perform. I've left out Fitzpatrick, Sullivan, Poulter, Pieters.

I have this one down as a long hitters track, based on the last two years, so that's a bit of my thinking (and Pieters price too short for me). On here I've backed Fleetwood, Dubuisson and Uihlein win and top 5 and picked them in the golf comp too.

Btw who are Moe Norman Fan Club and Desert Stormers on here? Good luck to you both, let's hope someone can bring it home for the Betfair forum!
Report El Bandido November 1, 2015 3:15 PM GMT
Huge week for me in this! Back in the overall lead again, almost 400k ahead of second place, and only 7 other players within a million. And Moe Norman Fan Club now 15th overall from outside the top 200 going into this week.
Report scarlet November 1, 2015 9:21 PM GMT
Well done El B
Only 3 more weeks of study
You will be burning a lot of midnight oil
Are the next 3 weeks limited fields?
Report El Bandido November 2, 2015 9:47 AM GMT
Cheers scarlet. 60 to 80 players in each of the last 3 tournaments. Should keep me busy!
Report El Bandido November 2, 2015 9:51 AM GMT
btw I was mistaken earlier. Moe Norman Fan Club 15th overall, but must have been around 80th going into the week.
Report BIG CAT LEON LETT November 2, 2015 6:22 PM GMT
Hope you do it.
Report scarlet November 3, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
El B
Heres hoping for a chinese or non european tour winner?
Report El Bandido November 3, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
Cheers Big Cat. I tell you what, I'd love it if I won, I'd love it! (in Kevin Keegan accent)

So many non Euro Tour guys this week among the favourites, which is surely to my advantage, although it could do a lot of damage if one slips through the net. Obviously I'm going with McIlroy as my sweeper skipper. Stenson, Oosthuizen, Garcia, and Lowry complete a five man defence, with Grace and Reed in midfield. In attack I'm going with Schwartzel, Aphibarnrat and Lahiri.

The Fantasy Five to Watch on the European Tour website has come up with Kaymer, Poulter, Wood and An. And I've picked none of those!
Report BIG CAT LEON LETT November 3, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
You won't be getting any advice from this also ran, but I agree with your analysis.Maybe I should bet on the fantasy five to help you out as winners have been scarce all year.Has your prowess been reflected in your golf punting and what is your highest weekly finish?
Report El Bandido November 3, 2015 9:37 PM GMT
Wasn't sure myself, but I looked it up, and 69th in Open de France was my best finish, when I had Wiesberger as star pick. 185th in the WGC Bridgestone Inv is the only other week I've been in the top 200. Both of those were great weeks for me in the betting as well. As was last week with Dubuisson. I've had a good run all round since beginning of July. It can't possibly last!
Report furrelli November 4, 2015 11:30 AM GMT
1        Team Clayton    35,933,686
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    34,578,967
3        Desert Stormers    31,507,923
4        Dennos Muppets    30,043,343
5        miguelyn    27,090,693
6        Furelli's X    26,497,208
7        scarletohara15    23,090,860
8        "THE" Clique Team    19,245,319
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    17,455,198
10        southwell seniors    15,105,428
11        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    14,659,882
12        pretty bubbles    13,410,440
13        Venusflytrap    12,167,050
14        Callits Crackers    10,081,735
15        Lupset Tigers    10,074,966
16        IOSD    9,959,046

Looking good El B! Good luck in the final few weeks, I wonder do i qualify as yer manager seeing as I set-up this league.... which must have spurred you on.... lols
Report scarlet November 9, 2015 11:02 AM GMT
Hanging on in there El B
You were glad any  K won then   When I looked up runners earlier in week Knox wasnt in field
All the leaders in the fantasy comp had very similar picks
Need  the winner or high placed star man this week   small field again 78
14 chinese playing in BMW  hope 1 of those wins for you
Report El Bandido November 9, 2015 12:42 PM GMT
Cheers scarlet. Still leading by over 200k. Wasn't a great week as I didn't have Willett, but it worked out okay with Knox and Kisner scooping up the big points. Won't have the same sort of protection this week or next. Chinese winner would be a nice bonus, but unlikely. No Rory this week, so there's a decision to be made there, I guess between Rose and Stenson. Plenty of head scratching to be done over the next 48 hours!
Report El Bandido November 10, 2015 9:16 PM GMT
Just like in the Golf Comp, you can see what others are picking in the Euro Fantasy. So as the overall leader, I could take the second place team out of the game by copying their picks this week and next Devil

But golf is a gentleman's game and I'm gonna play it with a straight bat.

So here's my team. Rose is my star pick - he is rightly the favourite. Then, in order of preference, it's Stenson, Grace, Oosthuizen, Garcia, Lowry, Reed, Willett, Dubuisson, and Wiesberger.

That means I'm leaving out Fitzpatrick, Kaymer, Uihlein, Grillo, Donaldson, Poulter, An and Aphibarnrat. Could be curtains if any of those wins!
Report scarlet November 11, 2015 11:12 AM GMT
El B It is usually one you did last week or definitely one you have done before but gave up on
Maybe Tommy,Andy,Soren,Francesco,Rafa,Kristoffer,Marcel,Alex.
I think all the chasers may pick similar to you to stay in contention!!
Not realising someone may whizz past them and they then have too much to do in the last tourney if the fav wins
Good luck
Report furrelli November 11, 2015 11:48 AM GMT
GL El B! There's maybe the likes of Garcia, Dubuisson id have left out & gambled on a coupls those outsiders but...... thats why im like position 5000+ overall :)
Report El Bandido November 11, 2015 12:27 PM GMT
Yeah the top teams will probably pick similar. Last week, I counted, and the top 30 teams picked just 19 different players between them. Prize for top 5 is a set of custom made clubs and bag, so it's no surprise that the ones at the top don't want to risk too much. But any further back and it's probably worth taking a few risks.

Last year, I was around 12th overall coming into the penultimate event, which was Turkey. Koepka wasn't in many teams, in fact I don't think anyone above me picked him at all, and I was considering making him my star pick. In the end, I went for the safer option of Garcia as star pick, whereas several others chose the other joint favourite Stenson. Koepka won, Stenson 3rd, Garcia nowhere! I climbed to only 8th place. Then down to 17th after the final in Dubai (McIlroy my star, Stenson the winner), but that's another story. But I told myself, if it happens again this year, take the risk.

But now I'm leading, so no need to risk. I just need to play the percentages (and like I said, with a straight bat, I won't try to block the chasing teams).
Report El Bandido November 11, 2015 12:29 PM GMT
Cheers furrelli. And yes, that's why you're down there! It's all about playing the percentages. Only when you need to catch up, then it's worth taking the risks.
Report El Bandido November 12, 2015 9:33 AM GMT
furrelli - Good job I didn't hire you as my manager. You'd be fired already lol
Report donny osmond November 12, 2015 11:27 AM GMT
i think some of the others would block, its not great that picks are displayed
as once you select your team they can then have the field against you if they
work it out

anyway i guess the rules were there before the comp started so its same for all

so good luck to you, and of course to anyone else on the forum competing
Report furrelli November 12, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
So yeah where was I..... Oh yeah about Garcia & Dubuisson.... lols at least me budgie is up near the top again, could do with landing him for your compy on here!
Report El Bandido November 12, 2015 2:58 PM GMT
Yes I agree donny, it would be better if picks were only displayed after the deadline. As the leader, I don't mind if others see my picks and try to have a few against me. But if I'm not leading after this week, then I have to make sure whoever is leading doesn't block me. Next week is Dubai, so I'll have to be up at 3 or 4am next Thursday if that happens!

Actually, this issue made me think of some of the limitations of our Golf Comp. Blocking possible there too. I know Max used to allow picks by PM, but that would give me an advantage as I am playing the comp myself. So I was thinking for the Final Series 2016, which will have 12 qualifiers, we could make it x10 points (instead of x2), and one pick each with first choice to the overall leader, second choice to second placed competitor etc (competitors could post a list of players in preferential order and they would get the highest preference not already picked by a higher placed competitor).

As for the fantasy R2D. Solid start for me today. 2nd place team has Fitzpatrick instead of Dubuisson, and 3rd place team has Fitzpatrick instead of Oosthuizen, otherwise they are the same as me. All top 12 teams picked Rose as star. I've checked the top 30 teams, and a total of 20 different players between them. Highest team to pick An is in 20th place, 1.5 million behind. And Casey is not eligible. Fisher could mess things up for me, highest with him is 6th place, 900k behind, but 22nd team has him as star pick - 1.5 million behind but 2.6 million for a star pick winner! None of the top 30 have Bjerregaard at all.

Good luck to you furrelli in the comp. I'm completely out of it this week already! I guess I won't mind too much if you land Bjerregaard. But please don't land Fisher lol
Report furrelli November 13, 2015 1:38 PM GMT
Either will do for me as we as Jaidee, mind both Budgie & Ross have history of Saturday/final day collapses after having it all on a plate for them!

My fee jus doubled mind lols
Report El Bandido November 13, 2015 4:05 PM GMT
Don't want Jaidee either as the 6th placed team has him as well. I've studied the other teams carefully (with spreadsheet!), and that team is definitely the most adventurous one in the top 10, with Fisher, Grillo, Jaidee, and Kaymer. Might yet pay off.

Bjerregaard would be okay for me. Only team in the top 70 with him is in 38th position, 1.8 million down. And this one is by far the most adventurous team I've seen, with An, Aphibarnrat, Bjerregaard, Donaldson, Dubuisson, Fisher, Grillo, Levy, and Uihlein. Rose as star pick is the only boring bit. Would move up to around 6th as things stand.

Garcia would be the best result for me, as I've backed him as well. Could be a real chokefest this weekend. I'll probably stay in bed on Sunday morning to avoid the anguish!
Report scarlet November 14, 2015 10:56 AM GMT
Well El B
How far down the leaderboard did you go?
There are some near the lead are the after you claude merchants on the final day
If weather like today maybe a 63 could catapult a -8 to victory
Report El Bandido November 14, 2015 11:42 AM GMT
Cheers scarlet! Not good for me if Jaidee wins. But I've now added the top 100 teams into my spreadsheed, and even if they finish in their current positions, by my reckoning, I would still be leading by around 50k. And there would be some big movers from lower down the table into the top 10, including my nemesis, the other Clayton!

But obviously there's still 18 holes to go. A lot can and will happen. And I plan to stay in bed while it does!
Report donny osmond November 14, 2015 4:24 PM GMT
sleep ?

you should be stying for next week !

good luck all
Report donny osmond November 14, 2015 4:24 PM GMT
Report El Bandido November 15, 2015 12:01 PM GMT
From a betting perspective, I've had an absolutely shocking fortnight in Shanghai. But in terms of the Fantasy R2D, Knox and Broberg is a result for me. Still waiting for the official scores, but none of the top 100 teams had Broberg, so I expect the top 4 will remain unchanged, and I should still be leading by over 200k.

Just one more week to go! The studying starts now.
Report denno November 16, 2015 7:51 AM GMT
Good luck
Report El Bandido November 16, 2015 10:48 AM GMT
Cheers denno!

The star pick will be crucial this week. McIlroy, Stenson or Rose? Whichever one I pick, there will probably be someone not too far behind with the other two.
Report scarlet November 16, 2015 1:02 PM GMT
Tactics El B if you can change your team after your initial confirm
I would pick Sergio as star player to see if anybody follows suit (I assume he is a non runner)
The crucial thing for you is you will need to pick the winner to have a chance to survive at the top
Report El Bandido November 16, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
scarlet I doubt my rivals are that daft! The "Team Changes" panel highlights which players are in the field. (Garcia is a definite NR, so at least I don't have to pick him!)

In any case, there's no reason for them to follow me. It's the opposite, they need to pick different to me if they want to overtake. Still, I might do a bit of chopping and changing to throw them off the scent! Devil
Report furrelli November 17, 2015 1:06 PM GMT
1        Team Clayton    39,419,748
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    37,890,796
3        Desert Stormers    35,294,747
4        Dennos Muppets    33,907,144
5        Furelli's X    29,847,844
6        miguelyn    29,772,911
7        scarletohara15    25,906,164
8        "THE" Clique Team    21,393,284
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    18,621,234
10        southwell seniors    16,608,052
11        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    16,276,781
12        pretty bubbles    15,623,442
13        Venusflytrap    12,630,907
14        IOSD    11,017,166
15        Lupset Tigers    10,896,866
16        Callits Crackers    10,495,310
Report furrelli November 17, 2015 1:10 PM GMT
As I can't edit my own post anymore......

There's the scores going into the final week of the REAL competition, with us managing to nick into 5th spot.... none of this prize malarky stuff going on with this table, simply for Betfair bragging rights which carries far more weight :D

GL to them sweating on trips & golf clubs & the alike as its been a long ol road to get to this point!
Report scarlet November 17, 2015 4:22 PM GMT
El B
Im off to Dubai on Wednesday  will call into golf on Thurs or Fri
Have you made your final choices?
I am in the top ten challenge I only have 420 rivals
I need the star man winner to have a chance
Who is your star man?
Report El Bandido November 17, 2015 7:17 PM GMT
scarlet, I'm not one of those 420 rivals, because I never got in the top 10 of the weekly standings. I guess you need to take a bit of a gamble in that one with the star pick to give yourself the best chance. Haven't decided my team yet, let alone star pick, it's a tough choice. I'll post here when I've made up my mind. Have an excellent time in Dubai.

Cheers furrelli, and best of luck to Moe Norman Fan Club this week also.
Report Fenway November 17, 2015 10:09 PM GMT
Moe Norman Fan Club here. I was 15th a couple of weeks ago, dropped to 30th now. I would love to get up to 10th and win a driver plus a fitting. Not likely, but you never know.

I am pulling for you El Bandido, you've been at the top for most of the season and deserve to win. Good luck.

By the way, I'm not sure it's a good thing for everyone's teams to be public at this stage.
Report scarlet November 18, 2015 3:08 PM GMT
El B
Here are my fantasy picks An (star again),fitzpatrick,willett,oosthuizen,westwood,sullivan,uihlein,reed,stenson,mcilroy.
If I fail to post at the airport can you pick the 1st 5 in the list for my final series picks   An to westwood
Have you made your final picks ?
Good Luck  El B and MNFC
Report El Bandido November 18, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
Not absolutely final picks, but at the moment I've got:

McIlroy *

Initially I bluffed with Stenson as star player hehe, and a couple of others in the top 5 did have Stenson as star too. Then I switched to McIlroy, and now they've followed me, which is bizarre.

Not totally sure about my last pick, Wiesberger. Normally I would go with Schwartzel actually, but nobody else has him, so it would be a complete waste. Byeong-hun An or Grillo would be the other options for that final pick.
Report El Bandido November 18, 2015 10:43 PM GMT
That's my 10 definite now. It'll have to be Wiesberger. It was him as star pick in France, along with Lowry at Firestone and Dubuisson in Turkey that got me to this position, so I'm putting my trust in them one more time.

Good luck Fenway and scarlet, hope you win some prizes too!
Report BIG CAT LEON LETT November 18, 2015 11:17 PM GMT
Pulling for you El Bandido.Not much sleep for you next four nights.
Report donny osmond November 18, 2015 11:51 PM GMT
it sounds as if some of your chasers may be more concerned about maintaining
their position rather than taking the risk to overtake and win

it all helps

good luck
Report El Bandido November 19, 2015 8:53 AM GMT
Absolutely donny, top 6 all with McIlroy star, bonus for me! If they went with Stenson or Rose, they would have at least 3 times more chance to win, although more risk of falling out of the top 5, and missing out on the set of clubs.

Cheers Big Cat, I'm already driving my wife crazy, so I better win the thing now (the holiday that is, clubs not much use to her, or me for that matter)!
Report El Bandido November 19, 2015 3:03 PM GMT
Not a great start. Team in third place, almost 400k behind, but has Poulter and Fitzpatrick instead of my Lowry and Oosthuizen. On the plus side, McIlroy going well, and Stenson star pickers look out of it already. Still early days though.
Report El Bandido November 20, 2015 1:37 PM GMT
Bit better today. Although as things stand, I would be 4th.

The team in 13th position (1.1 million down) has Sullivan, and the team in 40th (1.7 million down) has him as star and so is the virtual leader at the moment (I've looked at only the top 60 teams). Those two need a Sullivan win to overtake me, unlikely that anything less will do.

The team in 4th place (580k down) has Grillo in place of Lowry, otherwise identical to my team. Needs Grillo in a 2-way tie for 2nd or better to overtake me.

On the plus side, McIlroy still going reasonably well along with a few others, and I seem to have the better of the 2nd and 3rd placed teams for now.

Fenway - As things stand, Moe Norman Fan Club would be 29th (out of the top 60 teams). With Rose as star pick, things could still work out for you.
Report Fenway November 20, 2015 10:20 PM GMT
Thanks for that information El Bandido. I am not monitoring it nearly as much as you are. I am a fan of Andy Sullivan as a couple of lads I know in Notts used to play against him in county golf, and say he is a top bloke. Shame I didn't have faith in him!!!

Lots can change in the next couple of days, especially with Rory in contention. Still pulling for you.
Report El Bandido November 21, 2015 4:28 PM GMT
After 47 events and 54 holes in Dubai, it's still wide open!

As it stands, I would finish 2nd, and the team in 40th place with Sullivan as star would win by 150k. When you're 1.7 million behind with 1 to go, you have to take a risk, and what a pick that could turn out to be!

Now, I could still win even if Sullivan wins, but I've got a better chance if McIlroy wins. Either way, Fitzpatrick is the main danger to me at the moment, I don't want him moving any higher up the leaderboard. So many permutations in fact, that my spreadsheet has crashed! But basically I'm looking for a solid Sunday performance Wiesberger in particular, and also from Willett and Dubuisson.

Fenway, I'm sure you don't need me or my spreadsheet to tell you after that 78 from Rose. Better luck next year!
Report donny osmond November 21, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
fingers firmly crossed
Report sewter lives again November 21, 2015 9:18 PM GMT
good luck for tomorrow.

all I managed was a weekly win last year but got a great buzz from that so cant imagine how you must be feeling I really hope you do it
Report El Bandido November 22, 2015 10:04 AM GMT
Cheers donny and sewter!

I won't make it now if Sullivan wins, because Wiesberger and Dubuisson haven't done enough.

So I need McIlroy, and if he wins it looks like should be enough.
Report El Bandido November 22, 2015 11:57 AM GMT
Unbelievable on the 17th!

I'll win now if Rory does
Report donny osmond November 22, 2015 11:58 AM GMT
free bet then if you want it !
Report El Bandido November 22, 2015 12:01 PM GMT
lol no way!
Report donny osmond November 22, 2015 12:15 PM GMT
well done !
Report BIG CAT LEON LETT November 22, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
Love it.
Report El Bandido November 22, 2015 12:23 PM GMT
Cheers! Think I've done it, just need to wait for official scores
Report scarlet November 22, 2015 1:57 PM GMT
Its Official Arise Sir El Bandido
We can all share in the glory of guiding you
Maybe next season you could be sponsored by Betfair ...... El Betfair Bandido
I assume you are now looking for an agent for those business class trips
Report El Bandido November 22, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
lol scarlet

Wow it's official! (spreadsheet wasn't quite right, but I've won so who cares)

Okay, speech lol

What an amazing finish to the 2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai! I needed McIlroy to win and what drama at the 17th when he went in the water, but then holed a 20 footer for bogey! I could barely watch, but I'm delighted to be the winner. Congratulations to all the other prize winners, it was an incredibly close race.

I first took the lead in May after the WGC Match Play, but it only lasted a week. I dropped back to 90th or so after the US Open. Bernd Wiesberger as star pick for the Open de France, and then Shane Lowry in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational got me back into the lead. Somehow I always felt it was going to be my year after that. Still, I was only 8th coming into the Final Series. Victor Dubuisson in the Turkish Airlines Open got me back into the lead once more, and somehow I just held on.

I'm expecting to become a dad in 2016. My wife and I are expecting a baby girl in April. Maybe she brought me luck already! Hopefully she arrives safe and well, and on time, so that I can make it to Wentworth.

Big thanks to furrelli for starting this thread, and thanks to everyone for all the support - scarlet, BIG CAT, donny, sewter. And of course Fenway, great effort but unlucky in the end. Hope you have another shot at it next year. I look forward to doing battle with you all again in the 2016 Fantasy Race to Dubai.
Report Fenway November 22, 2015 7:03 PM GMT
El Bandido, well done indeed. I am delighted to see that you held off the opposition. Have a great time at Wentworth, and enjoy the Emirates Airlines Business Class flight from your home town to Heathrow :)

I thoroughly enjoyed the competition, and have the consolation (albeit only rewarded with bragging rights) of winning the Golf Monthly Forum League. Thanks to furrelli for starting the thread, and like our Champion I will see you all again next year.
Report denno November 23, 2015 8:23 AM GMT
very well done. Brilliant. 1st class flights from Manila would have been better though LOL. Congratulations.
Report El Bandido November 23, 2015 11:25 AM GMT
Cheers! Yeah I was thinking the same, Heathrow probably my closest airport that they fly from. Hopefully they'll be a bit flexible. Even Wentworth in May might be a bit awkward for me so soon after having a baby.
Report furrelli November 23, 2015 12:26 PM GMT
HA! You Won El B, well done Sir, hopefully it wasnt tooo stressful a weekend for you as it ebbed & flowed.

So jus let me know which airport we're flying from & yer trusty manager will be there lols

Enjoy & good luck with the little one to come!
Report El Bandido November 23, 2015 1:00 PM GMT
Well, it'll be a double room furrelli and I snore a lot hehe

Cheers for running this thread. Let's do it again next year!
Report furrelli November 23, 2015 2:00 PM GMT
Definitely for next year & hopefully it can inspire another winner!

Final Scores for prosperity

1        Team Clayton    43,449,830
2        Moe Norman Fan Club    40,630,798
3        Desert Stormers    38,243,699
4        Dennos Muppets    36,662,368
5        Furelli's X    32,787,346
6        miguelyn    31,569,611
7        scarletohara15    29,606,671
8        "THE" Clique Team    23,501,208
9        The Yellow Road Wasps    20,668,739
10        Oosen Saadiyat Golf    20,044,663
11        southwell seniors    18,891,979
12        pretty bubbles    18,655,724
13        Venusflytrap    12,993,007
14        IOSD    12,579,196
15        Lupset Tigers    11,604,763
16        Callits Crackers    11,585,990
Report scarlet November 23, 2015 4:38 PM GMT
So I entered the Betfair league with only 15 opponents. End up with the overall winner of the fantasy league .
Maybe El Bandido will be snapped up by the PGA tour fantasy league!!
El B tell them you live in Dubai  and go to the Dubai desert classic in January
Also will the next league start in Jan ?
Report furrelli November 24, 2015 12:35 PM GMT
Pretty sure it starts In January Scarlet, always used to KO with the Desert swing
Report El Bandido November 26, 2015 12:05 PM GMT
Usually get an email update each week around Tuesday, but haven't heard anything this week since winning. Hopefully they'll be in touch soon!

This year it started with Abu Dhabi in January, hopefully they'll do it again for 2016.
Report El Bandido November 26, 2015 2:15 PM GMT
Received email now! :)
Report scarlet November 27, 2015 9:44 AM GMT
Maybe only top 1000 get emails!!
Report El Bandido November 27, 2015 12:39 PM GMT
Maybe you need to check the subscriptions in your My European Tour profile, and also your email to make sure it's not sending to your junk folder. The reminders are useful during the season, because forgetting to change your team even once would be very costly. Fortunately I remembered every time, although I could hardly forget about it towards the end!
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