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El Bandido
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The Main Season starts on 14 January 2016. To enter, just post below on this thread!
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Report El Bandido December 23, 2015 11:19 AM GMT
2016 Main Season Schedule

Week 1
14 January - Joburg Open
14 January - Sony Open in Hawaii
15 January - Eurasia Cup (correct score)

Week 2
21 January - Abu Dhabi Championship
21 January - CareerBuilder Challenge

Week 3
27 January - Qatar Masters (Wednesday start)
28 January - Farmers Insurance Open

Week 4
4 February - Dubai Desert Classic
4 February - Phoenix Open

Week 5
11 February - Tschwane Open
11 February - Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Week 6
18 February - Maybank Championship Malaysia
18 February - Northern Trust Open

Week 7
25 February - Perth International
25 February - Honda Classic

Week 8
3 March - WGC Cadillac Championship (x2 points)

Week 9
10 March - True Thailand Classic
10 March - Valspar Championship

Week 10
17 March - Indian Open
17 March - Arnold Palmer Invitational

Week 11
23 March - WGC Match Play (Wednesday start, x2 points)
24 March - Puerto Rico Open

Week 12
31 March - Houston Open

Week 13
7 April - THE MASTERS (x3 points)

Week 14
14 April - Open de Espana
14 April - RBC Heritage

Week 15
21 April - Shenzhen International
21 April - Texas Open

Week 16
28 April - China Open
28 April - Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Week 17
5 May - Trophee Hassan II
5 May - Wells Fargo Championship

Week 18
12 May - Mauritius Open
12 May - PLAYERS Championship (x2 points)

Week 19
19 May - Irish Open
19 May - Byron Nelson

Week 20
26 May - BMW PGA Championship (x2 points)
26 May - Colonial Invitational

Week 21
2 June - Nordea Masters
2 June - Memorial Tournament

Week 22
9 June - Lyoness Open
9 June - St Jude Classic

Week 23
16 June - US OPEN (x3 points)

Week 24
23 June - BMW International Open
23 June - Quicken Loans National

Week 25
30 June - Open de France
30 June - WGC Bridgestone Invitational (x2 points)
30 June - Barracuda Championship

Week 26
7 July - Scottish Open
7 July - Greenbrier Classic

Week 27
14 July - THE OPEN (x3 points)
14 July - Barbasol Championship

Week 28
21 July - Canadian Open

Week 29
28 July - US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (x3 points)

Week 30
4 August - Paul Lawrie Match Play
4 August - Travelers Championship

Week 31
11 August - Olympics (x2 points)
11 August - John Deere Classic

Week 32
18 August - Czech Masters
18 August - Wyndham Championship
Report El Bandido December 23, 2015 11:42 AM GMT
RULES (updated)

How to Play

For each event, competitors are invited to select 5 players (plus one reserve).

Competitors score points according to the BEST PLACED of their 5 players.

The reserve will be used if one of the 5 first choice players doesn’t start the tournament.

Selections must be made on this forum on the appropriate thread before the start of each tournament (I will post a thread well before each event).

Selections made after the start of the tournament will NOT be accepted.

If there is any ambiguity about a selected player (eg Johnson could mean Zach or Dustin etc), then this selection will not be accepted.


Points are awarded after each event, according to the BEST PLACED of the 5 selected players.

Winner = Best RP Price x 10, subject to a minimum of 100 points,
2nd place (and ties) = 70 points,
3rd place (and ties) = 50 points,
4th place (and ties) = 40 points,
5th place (and ties) = 30 points,
6th place (and ties) = 25 points,
7th place (and ties) = 20 points,
8th place (and ties) = 15 points,
9th place (and ties) = 10 points,
10th place (and ties) = 5 points.

Otherwise, if a competitor’s best placed player is outside the top 10, nul points!

Team Competitions (eg EurAsia Cup)

Competitors will be invited to make one correct score prediction before the start of the EurAsia Cup, and scoring will be as follows…

Exact correct score = 100 points,
½ a point away = 70 points,
1 point away = 50 points,
1 and a ½ points away = 40 points,
2 points away = 30 points,
2 and a ½ points away = 25 points,
3 points away = 20 points,
3 and a ½ points away = 15 points,
4 points away = 10 points,
4 and a ½ points away = 5 points.

Otherwise, no points!

Any future team competitions will be scored in the same way.


New for 2016, there will be a boosted bonus for any competitor who achieves the double (ie 2 winners in the same week).

The bonus for a double will be 10 x Best RP of the lower priced leg, subject to a minimum of 100 points. (eg double of 40/1 and 50/1 would be 400 + 500 = 900 points basic, with a bonus of 400 points)

Some weeks may have 3 tournaments, in which case the treble will be scored as 3 doubles. (eg treble of 5/1,30/1, and 40/1 would be 100 + 300 + 400 = 800 points basic, with a bonus of 100 + 100 + 300 = 500 points)

An exact score in any team competition can be used as part of a double to earn a 100 point bonus.

Season Structure

The season is divided into 3 parts: Qualifying Stage, Main Season, and Final Series.

The Qualifying Stage ends with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions/SA Open. The Main Season starts 14 January, and will include all PGA and European Tour events up until the weekend of 21 August. Then the Final Series begins - 8 events, including the Playoff events from both tours, plus the WGC - HSBC Champions.
Points will be zeroed at the start of the Main Season. Points are carried forward from the Main Season to the Final Series.

There is no cut after the Qualifying Stage.

The winner of the 2015 Golf Competition, that's tv man, qualifies automatically for the 2016 Final Series. The winner of the Qualifying Stage (or second place if the 2015 champion wins) also qualifies automatically for the 2016 Final Series. In addition to these two, the top 10 ranked competitors (and ties) after the Main Season will progress to the Final Series.

Double/Treble Points Events

The following tournaments will be double points in 2016: All WGC’s, Olympic Games, PLAYERS Championship, BMW PGA Championship, and all Final Series events.

The 4 majors will be treble points.

Any bonus points (for winning doubles in the same week) remain unchanged.

Automatic Picks

So that it’s no longer a disadvantage to miss the occasional week, competitors who fail to post on time will be assigned automatic picks. These will be the 5 most popular picks in the competition (and in case of a tie, the player with the higher rank in the Official World Golf Rankings at the start of the tournament). In case of team events, the correct score prediction assigned will be the tie.

Automatic picks can be used only for one week during the Qualifying Stage, and for a maximum of 3 weeks during the Main Season. Any subsequent missed weeks will be scored as zero.

Automatic picks do not apply during the Final Series.

Automatic picks cannot be applied retrospectively. So, competitors who join the competition later than the first week of the Main Season will be scored as zero for all earlier weeks of the competition. All competitors who post below on this thread will be eligible for Automatic picks in the first week, as will all competitors who entered the Qualifying Stage.

Cancelled Tournaments

If a tournament is cancelled, or where not enough holes are completed to make it an official result (usually 36 for European Tour, 54 for PGA Tour), all bets are void. In these cases, the Golf Competition for that tournament will also be void, and all competitors will score zero.


Surely, no golf competition rules could be complete without a section on etiquette!

When it comes to the later stages of the golf competition, and especially for the final event, leading competitors could in theory gain an advantage by mimicking the selections of their lower placed rivals. In these situations, good etiquette will be that the leader picks early enough for the challengers to post after them. (Ideally, the competitors would pick in order starting with the leader, but obviously that’s not practical).

This applies to the leaders at the end of the Qualifying Stage as well as at the end of the season, and also applies to those around the cut mark at the end of the Main Season.
Report El Bandido December 23, 2015 11:48 AM GMT

Week 1 - 25 August - The Barlays
Week 2 - 2 September - Deutsche Bank Championship
Week 3 - 8 September - BMW Championship
Week 4 - 22 September - TOUR Championship
Week 5 - 27 October - WGC HSBC Champions
Week 6 - 3 November - Turkish Airlines Open
Week 7 - 10 November - Nedbank Challenge
Week 8 - 17 November - DP World Tour Championship
Report stephaniebot December 23, 2015 6:09 PM GMT
I will certainly be making a fool of myself again in this
Report wowiezowiee December 23, 2015 7:00 PM GMT
Stick me down as missed last years
Happy XMAS!
Report qqking. December 24, 2015 10:31 AM GMT
Count me in, please
Report donny osmond December 24, 2015 11:14 AM GMT
yes please
Report dukeofpuke December 24, 2015 12:55 PM GMT
count me in
Report mighty December 24, 2015 6:53 PM GMT
Yes, have a good one, all.
Report bigH December 25, 2015 8:31 PM GMT
I am in

Report Clerkmore December 26, 2015 2:30 PM GMT
Count me in.
Report padlock December 26, 2015 9:34 PM GMT
Report furrelli January 1, 2016 8:03 PM GMT
Aye, Happy NY all
Report 777 January 2, 2016 8:48 AM GMT
I'm in again will miss firsts week as on holiday could I have 5-6-7-8-9 from betting list hope that's ok
Report system99 January 2, 2016 11:08 PM GMT
I'm in, sounds really good , thanks
Report coksuker January 3, 2016 3:52 PM GMT
yes please, thanks!
Report callitasucit January 3, 2016 10:26 PM GMT
Count me in, tnx.
Report richard of york January 4, 2016 6:19 PM GMT
yes please
Report Sing when ur winning January 4, 2016 6:35 PM GMT
I'm in
Report ROBBO ROBBO January 5, 2016 7:23 PM GMT
count me in

many thanks
Report ROBBO ROBBO January 5, 2016 7:23 PM GMT
count me in

many thanks
Report old applejack January 6, 2016 9:42 AM GMT
add me - thanks
Report Humbert The Priest January 6, 2016 1:58 PM GMT
I'm in, please and thank you.
Report unclepuncle January 6, 2016 9:45 PM GMT
Put me down please.
Report Hank Hill January 7, 2016 1:05 AM GMT
I'm in. What about the qualifying comp though?
Report The 19th Hole January 8, 2016 7:57 PM GMT
Yes please
Report toberaheena January 9, 2016 6:08 PM GMT
Count me in guys.
Report Quincy January 10, 2016 12:41 PM GMT
Put me down as in, please.
Report newmugpunter January 11, 2016 2:23 PM GMT
yes put me in please
Report El Bandido January 11, 2016 3:25 PM GMT
Thanks for all your entries so far. Good to see so many new names.

Still time to sign up if you haven't already.

The Golf Comp starts this Thursday. Week 1 picks thread is up!
Report STUDYFORM January 12, 2016 8:20 AM GMT
and me, thanks.
Report FCH January 13, 2016 7:33 PM GMT
I'll give this a go - it will make a change from the horses!
Report tv man January 13, 2016 7:59 PM GMT
good to see you back, thanks for organising
Report Deplasterer January 13, 2016 10:38 PM GMT
Count me in, thanks.
Report Keith A January 13, 2016 11:20 PM GMT
yes please
Report lambers1 January 13, 2016 11:20 PM GMT
count me in please
Report Quincy March 20, 2016 1:11 PM GMT
Just moving the page up.
Report Quincy March 29, 2016 9:27 AM BST
Moving it up again.Devil
Report El Bandido April 21, 2016 12:09 PM BST
Prize Money

This competition has been running for 3 years now without prize money. It's time to change this!

Since beginning of March, I've been posting the WGTR INDEX picks on Twitter @tipsterstour. In a nutshell, these are 5 picks which represent the collective wisdom of all our picks. So far, we've had 3 winners from 11 tournaments for a 50 point profit. And this profit will be the basis of our Prize Fund.

£10 stakes means current Prize Bank is £500.

Obviously, there's no guarantee of prizes with this method. It's down to all of you (and me) to study hard and make really great picks. No pressure!


This competition will remain FREE TO ENTER.

However, to be eligible for the prizes, competitors will be required to tweet their picks to @tipsterstour for all 8 events of the Final Series.

If you don't already have a Twitter account, you can create a new one easily. And prize winners will also need a PayPal account to receive the prize.

Prize Breakdown

The level of the Prize Bank after the final event of the Main Season will determine the amounts.

The breakdown is as follows:

Overall winner = 25% (Prize Bank £200+)
Second place = 10% (Prize Bank £500+)
Third place = 5% (Prize Bank £1000+)
All other Final Series competitors 2.5% (Prize Bank £2000+)

The minimum individual prize is £50, otherwise it’s not worth transferring. So the minimum level of the Prize Bank for that part of the prize to be awarded is shown in brackets.

The remainder will be carried over as the Prize Bank for the 2017 competition.

In terms of the staking plan. If the Prize Bank goes above £2000 at any stage, stakes will increase to £20 per pick. Above £3000, stakes will be £30 per pick, and so on. Stakes can also be reduced again according to the level of the Prize Bank.

Tipsters Tour

This is what I've called the competition on Twitter. "Tipsters", because essentially this is a tipping competition, and also because we are publishing our collective tips (WGTR INDEX), and even funding our prizes from these tips! And "Tour", like the pro golf tours, with a limited number of members, with exemptions and qualifiers, and in future there may well be sponsors invites too!

Report Clerkmore April 21, 2016 2:00 PM BST
Perhaps I'm being stupid, EB, but where are these stakes coming from?
Report El Bandido April 21, 2016 3:39 PM BST
Clerkmore, I took the liberty of backing the 5 picks myself since March on behalf of us all. Adam Scott got us into profit after the first week. We went slightly into the red on the second week, but then bounced back in style with SSP Chowrasia and Tony Finau. Stakes have been returned to their rightful owner, and now we have £500 bank to play with!
Report Clerkmore April 21, 2016 8:20 PM BST
Well done, EB. I shudder to think what could have happened if those 5 picks had gone on an extended losing run. Sad
Report El Bandido April 21, 2016 8:31 PM BST
Yeah, but then I just wouldn't have mentioned it Laugh
Report donny osmond April 21, 2016 8:41 PM BST
why not just stick on the 500 quids

nobody makes money backing golfers .....
Report El Bandido April 21, 2016 9:10 PM BST
No way! That would be no fun.

And donny, if you put a tenner on each of your picks since last August, you'd be over 2 grand up. And that's at RP prices. Smylie was 90 points higher on here.
Report El Bandido May 4, 2016 9:18 AM BST
King's Cup will be added to the schedule for Week 29.

Prize Bank currently £300. Let's get a winner this week!
Report Quincy May 24, 2016 1:04 PM BST
Time to get this the forum page again.Cool
Report Quincy July 31, 2016 2:33 PM BST
Time to get this page upto the top of the forum again.Cool
Report toberaheena July 31, 2016 2:40 PM BST
I will be supporting this page anyway. Just noting a bit of a move from a player who has been lurking for some time now. William McGirt is -4 and 2 par 5's to finish round 3. Day is good but does not warrant the current price imho. I am laying him and laid Walker earlier at 9.00.
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