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Its not started yet but when it is, will post here for you, all welcome, no prizes bar the usual bragging rights!

It starts with the 1st Tourney in the Desert Swing
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Report El Bandido January 5, 2016 1:06 PM GMT
This from European Tour twitter page...

The #FantasyRaceToDubai game is being improved for 2016 and will start in March

Obviously they will try to make it El Bandido proof LaughDevil
Report El Bandido March 17, 2016 8:07 PM GMT
More from European Tour on twitter...

Look out for the launch in the next couple of weeks, with the first event being the Masters!

This week I took delivery of a set of Titleist 716 AP1 irons and bag for last year's efforts. They look and feel fantastic, although I haven't actually tried hitting balls with them (that's usually when things go wrong for me)!
Report sewter lives again March 18, 2016 3:05 PM GMT
respect El Bandido

I managed a weekly win (2 years ago) and have also finished 2nd and 5th in weekly comps.

Flirted with the leaderboard on occasions but managed to miss entering when on holiday for last 2 years..doh

Going to try and give it a real good go this year
Report El Bandido March 26, 2016 3:56 PM GMT
Fantasy Race to Dubai open for registration...

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/news/newsid=288853.html

I'll let you do the honours, furrelli, by setting up our private Betfair league. And sewter lives again, look forward to seeing you there and hopefully many others will join too.
Report furrelli March 29, 2016 3:19 PM BST
https://fantasyrace.europeantour.com/

Is the logon/register page

League : betfair
Pin : aecxpaZgpK

All are welcome, old n new, bragging rights only is First Prize, mind we did have the overall competition winner amongst our ranks last season!
Report old applejack March 30, 2016 10:37 AM BST
sounds good - i will join soon
Report furrelli March 30, 2016 12:58 PM BST
All welcome, four in so far, new rules to learn for this year
Report sewter lives again March 30, 2016 5:57 PM BST
I think I have joined says "pending"
Report Fenway April 5, 2016 7:29 PM BST
Joined, pending acceptance. I was Moe Norman Fan Club last year, now changed my allegiance to the legendary Bunky Henry!
Report El Bandido April 6, 2016 8:20 AM BST
Good luck this year Fenway.

I've sent you all a challenge if you want to go head-to-head with the champion! Excited
Report furrelli April 6, 2016 12:52 PM BST
yeah yer on! With a team name like that who wouldn't wanna go h-2-h ;)

All excepted, join during the season if you like, its always open
Report sewter lives again April 7, 2016 4:47 PM BST
well the new rules will make things much more volatile

I like the teams being hidden until tourney has started.....no copying now!!

have excepted the challenge Gareth
Report El Bandido April 7, 2016 6:21 PM BST
El Bandido please, sewter, or EB Whoops

Agree about the teams being hidden, that's the way it should be.

Not really a fan of the other changes, but then I would say that!
Report sewter lives again April 7, 2016 6:49 PM BST
sorry EB it is
Report furrelli April 11, 2016 11:07 AM BST
So after Week 1 - I LIKE the new rules.....no more copying.... we have scores on the doors

1    Hail the Riff    4,180,702   
2    Royal Ridgeway    3,450,616   
3    Furelli Sixters    2,860,454   
4    scarlet_a380    2,394,832   
5    Willett be enough    1,261,667   
6    Bunky Henry Fan Club    1,240,683   
7    Desert Stormers    1,205,738   
8    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    1,186,473   
9    ifbutandwhynot    815,310
Report sewter lives again April 11, 2016 11:23 AM BST
yes furelli I like the new rules too
Report Mealiff April 11, 2016 7:52 PM BST
I don't believe it but I'm leading :-)
Report El Bandido April 13, 2016 1:03 PM BST
Very poor start for me last week. Well played Mealiff!

old applejack - is that you in 5th place? Surprised you didn't do better with that team name!

Trying to pick my team for Open de Espana, but I'm getting "parsererror" Angry

Was hoping the new site would solve this kind of thing. Currently have random picks with Lorenzo-Vera as captain! Cry
Report scarlet April 13, 2016 2:18 PM BST
Also getting parse error
I assume we stick with what we are given until fixed (maybe a good thing)
kjeldsen is my captain another K !!
Report El Bandido April 13, 2016 8:12 PM BST
Just tried it again a bit earlier, and there was no more parse error. So I picked my team and captain/vc.

Then it took me to a page where I need to watch a video to unlock the "Cut Replacement" feature.

Video keeps buffering, and eventually it aborts. On my 7th attempt now. This is taking ages just to pick my fantasy team. Jordan Spieth could have played Amen Corner and painted my spare room already!
Report sewter lives again April 13, 2016 8:21 PM BST
none of your issues for me EB

changed teams and captain  earlier and just now with no problems
Report El Bandido April 13, 2016 8:31 PM BST
Finally it worked!

With the Cut Replacement, you just get a random player if one of yours misses the cut (but not the Captain or VC). Seems a bit silly really. So I had to watch a video of players talking about super heroes!
Report sewter lives again April 14, 2016 2:10 PM BST
Cut Replacement immediately into action and likely to be very busy this weekend

especially for the 71% who picked Sergio
Report El Bandido April 14, 2016 8:13 PM BST
Yes, but it won't replace Sergio if he's your captain or VC. Only the other 4 can be replaced.
Report sewter lives again April 16, 2016 9:15 PM BST
wow that was a fantastic cut replacement furelli

he could win it!!
Report furrelli April 18, 2016 11:05 AM BST
Parse error :)  thought that was jus me...... kept playing up all week but finally got a team settled.

Not sure how the cut replacement works..... I know I dinny pick Thomas! Not in a million years would I!!

Think the capt & VC malarky are gonna be key players this season, had Joost in my team but not as one of them...... cost me a few bob

POS    Manager    Team name    Points   
1    Hail the Riff    4,461,302   
2    Royal Ridgeway    4,310,636   
3    Furelli Sixters    3,434,960   
4    scarlet_a380    3,177,325   
5    Willett be enough    2,247,707   
6    Desert Stormers    2,177,178   
7    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    1,806,473   
8    Bunky Henry Fan Club    1,715,983   
9    ifbutandwhynot    1,058,110
Report El Bandido April 18, 2016 1:47 PM BST
Nice one furrelli

Beware the early deadlines this week and next in China.
Report furrelli April 25, 2016 8:43 PM BST
1    Royal Ridgeway    4,645,768   
2    Hail the Riff    4,634,162   
3    Furelli Sixters    4,101,467   
4    scarlet_a380    3,363,705   
5    Desert Stormers    3,004,890   
6    Willett be enough  2,914,214   
7    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    2,448,758   
8    Bunky Henry Fan Club    2,275,581   
9    ifbutandwhynot    1,226,353

A new leader of the Betfair compy by a few pennies whilst the 2015 champion is still finding his feet with this new format..... LONG ways to go yet
Report furrelli May 2, 2016 2:06 PM BST
1    Royal Ridgeway    4,860,372   
2    Hail the Riff    4,762,465   
3    Furelli Sixters    4,379,276   
4    scarlet_a380    3,615,987   
5    Desert Stormers    3,185,730   
6    Willett be enough    3,098,250   
7    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    2,642,022   
8    Bunky Henry Fan Club    2,402,129   
9    ifbutandwhynot    1,463,239

A dismal scoring week allround, with C277K being the top prize effort by yours truely. This weeks appears locked still.....?
Report scarlet May 2, 2016 5:16 PM BST
Another disaster for my Captain pick 2 weeks on trot M/C
How about showing global position of the betfair league players
Would be cool to aim for inside top 1000 !!
Report sewter lives again May 2, 2016 10:52 PM BST
dont worry too much at the moment scarlet

imo this competition will be won and lost on your captain/vice captain's performances in the forthcoming Majors the weekly comps till then are just tinkering around
Report El Bandido May 4, 2016 9:15 AM BST
Last year I didn't do particularly well in the majors, but fortunately none of them were won by European Tour players. Same with 3 of the 4 WGC's, and I had Lowry in the other one. This year, Willett has already slipped through the net!

I'm sticking with my gameplan. For me, Willett was not a percentage play. He wasn't among the 6 shortest odds in my book, or in the market. Some might argue otherwise, but he certainly had no business being Captain or VC.

I'm continuing with my strategy of playing the percentages for now. But later in the year, if I'm still chasing, I will gamble on a few in the bigger tournaments.
Report furrelli May 4, 2016 3:37 PM BST
cant see the positions for the other teams wrt global ranking Scarlet, all i can say is im 1297th & the leaders are about double my score currently.
Report sewter lives again May 4, 2016 10:01 PM BST
My position is 702
Report El Bandido May 4, 2016 10:15 PM BST
I'm 7052 Cry
Report scarlet May 11, 2016 3:23 PM BST
Im currently in 3939 position
Completed a hat trick of captain picks nul point
E Pepperell  makes cut then withdraw gets no money?
Lost me the head to head with El Bandido!!
Do you have to watch the video to get the cut replacement?
Report El Bandido May 11, 2016 5:15 PM BST
Position 7100 Cry

Yes you have to play the video at least. You don't actually have to watch it though Wink
Report sewter lives again May 11, 2016 7:30 PM BST
dropped to 724 thanks to a very average week but the prize money is low so not many big overall changes to the leaderboard

Irish Open and BMW PGA in following 2 weeks will be a different ball game
Report El Bandido May 15, 2016 4:50 PM BST
Wang was my captain this week so I should claw back a bit. Bigger events coming up!

European Tour also announced a new Daily Fantasy game:

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/news/newsid=293706.html
Report furrelli May 16, 2016 1:42 PM BST
1    Royal Ridgeway    5,112,660   
2    Hail the Riff    4,931,240   
3    Furelli Sixters    4,530,922   
4    scarlet_a380    3,791,663   
5    Desert Stormers    3,653,216   
6    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    3,383,402   
7    Willett be enough    3,327,125   
8    Bunky Henry Fan Club    2,849,347   
9    ifbutandwhynot    1,705,717

Coupla rubbish weeks by me...... so no updates ;) but somehow still running in third as most of us seemed to have trod water the past fortnight too bar the ominous movement into 6th spot by a certain champion from years gone by..... :)
Report scarlet May 16, 2016 6:09 PM BST
Same as everyone else Im down to 4253 position
El B are you entering the new comp the scoring is quite comprehensive
You might as well go for the grand slam
Report El Bandido May 17, 2016 9:46 AM BST
I need to look at it a bit more. If I get time, I might give it a go.

There are lots of games on that site. The free ones have £100 prize. And 100 entries so far for the weekly game. There are also some games with entry fee and up to £3000 prize guaranteed. Looks like a bit of a gambling site really, doesn't it? Bit surprised European Tour are getting together with them.
Report El Bandido May 18, 2016 10:08 AM BST
scarlet, I've entered it now. Only doing the weekly comps, not the daily ones. I've got my team in the 3k comp, 1k comp, and some others!

Scoring could be made more simple, and the site is not at all user-friendly. But it's an interesting concept.
Report scarlet May 18, 2016 5:54 PM BST
Im in the 1k comp for now see how it goes.
Report El Bandido May 18, 2016 7:56 PM BST
I've done the full monty now, daily and weekly, all the guaranteed games!
Report scarlet May 19, 2016 6:00 PM BST
Just had a look at scores in 1k comp quite interesting with real time scoring updates and ticker for all players scores
somebody with initials GC was joint leader
Report El Bandido May 19, 2016 6:59 PM BST
Yeah, great start for my team. Currently leading as well in the daily 1k with the same 7 picks. Just waiting on a few players still out there.
Report El Bandido May 20, 2016 5:03 PM BST
I won the R1 daily 1k comp, but it took them an awful long time to settle. Still in the lead of the weekly 1k, but I guess I can do no better than tie, because there is another with the exact same team as me: McIlroy, Lowry, Willett, Hatton, Dredge, Bland, and Rock. What's the chance of that happening?! Rock currently +4, so looks like I might be a man down for the weekend.
Report scarlet May 20, 2016 9:32 PM BST
I could only look at the comps I entered Just getting in the top 10 gets you a payout
I was in 6th in week 1k but dropped down badly when my bad players got going
Real time leaderboard watching on Sat/Sun for you
Report El Bandido May 21, 2016 9:32 AM BST
Yeah, I've been spending more time than is healthy watching those leaderboards Crazy

I'm leading the 3k game as well, and nobody mirrored my team in that one.

Good luck scarlet on moving day!
Report furrelli May 31, 2016 10:48 AM BST
A bit of catch-up after a coupla weeks, a few changes to the table too

1    Royal Ridgeway    8,052,096   
2    Hail the Riff    7,493,413   
3    Desert Stormers    7,040,771   
4    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    6,834,352   
5    Willett be enough    6,513,931   
6    Bunky Henry Fan Club    6,043,220   
7    scarlet_a380    5,675,524   
8    Furelli Sixters    5,376,883   
9    The Dukes of Beulah    4,509,480   
10    ifbutandwhynot    4,150,572
Report scarlet May 31, 2016 5:03 PM BST
Down to 6005th place with no sign of stopping
Report furrelli June 6, 2016 4:28 PM BST
1    Royal Ridgeway    8,575,021   
2    Hail the Riff    7,752,676   
3    Desert Stormers    7,219,321   
4    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    7,126,127   
5    Willett be enough    6,804,531   
6    Bunky Henry Fan Club    6,326,333   
7    scarlet_a380    5,781,424   
8    Furelli Sixters    5,548,558   
9    ifbutandwhynot    4,914,922   
10    The Dukes of Beulah    4,671,930

Royal Rideway having a decent week sees them pull further clear whilst the rest of us tread water a little....

Down in 8th & well....... Having Peter Hanson as my skipper for the week isn't really gonna propel me back up the league.........
Report sewter lives again June 14, 2016 5:20 PM BST
I think the competition starts for real this week
Report furrelli June 20, 2016 11:46 AM BST
1    Royal Ridgeway    9,968,381   
2    Hail the Riff    8,750,674   
3    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    8,028,869   
4    scarlet_a380    8,027,297   
5    Desert Stormers    7,865,590   
6    Willett be enough    7,430,345   
7    Bunky Henry Fan Club    6,669,229   
8    Furelli Sixters    6,636,392   
9    ifbutandwhynot    5,818,874   
10    The Dukes of Beulah    5,029,720

the two at the top put in some big scores & pull away some more..... having Rory as my skipper does me no favours this week :( Not sure I was alone in that selection?
Report El Bandido June 20, 2016 1:16 PM BST
Yep, I had Rory as captain, and Rose as VC. Both missed cut, but I had Garcia and Grace so it wasn't too much of a disaster.

Currently position 2882, and 5.3 million off the lead (was 5 million before this week).
Report scarlet June 20, 2016 4:14 PM BST
El B I nearly had an excellent week I had Lowry as my captain finished 121st for the week could have done with him winning or at least 2nd on his own
Now only 1.5k behind you
Report sewter lives again July 6, 2016 10:12 PM BST
Well done Hail the Riff for a great 5th place at the BMW.

I've got fed up with playing relatively safe recently with the Captain and Vice Captain picks so have gone for it this week.
Need to get a big result to close the gap on the leaders. Time running out a bit. Good luck all.
Report El Bandido July 13, 2016 7:54 PM BST
Good luck sewter and everyone else this week. Big week!

I'm currently position 1489, 4.7 million off the lead. I'll probably need to take a risk at some point to catch up, but not sure if it'll be this week... decisions, decisions!
Report sewter lives again July 13, 2016 8:13 PM BST
yes EB I don't know what to do this week. Particularly as I am struggling to fancy anyone in the outright betting as it is. Let alone someone who is in the Fantasy league.

Managed to go up to 74th overall so may well take a punt again this week and really go for it. The biggest dilemma for me is Rory
Report scarlet July 13, 2016 9:31 PM BST
Well I have picked Rory as my captain this week.
My last 3 captains have scored precisely 0 points!!
Beware my captains pick
Report El Bandido July 13, 2016 9:46 PM BST
Well yeah, Rory captain is the percentage play, but have to consider going a bit contrary to make up the ground. I like Stenson this week at the odds. Might make him my captain.
Report sewter lives again July 13, 2016 9:49 PM BST
oh no scarlet I have just put him as my captain

EB have left Stenson out completely!!
Report sewter lives again July 13, 2016 9:51 PM BST
I have also included a couple of longer priced picks one as V/C
Report El Bandido July 13, 2016 10:10 PM BST
I wouldn't be taking too many risks if I was 74th. I think I was around that at this stage last year. Still plenty of time to catch up after this.
Report sewter lives again July 13, 2016 10:36 PM BST
changed it so many times

going to leave it now
Report furrelli July 18, 2016 12:08 PM BST
1    Royal Ridgeway    15,836,132   
2    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    15,763,919   
3    Willett be enough    14,824,190   
4    Hail the Riff    12,935,251   
5    Bunky Henry Fan Club    12,774,487   
6    ifbutandwhynot    12,417,823   
7    Furelli Sixters    12,183,797   
8    Desert Stormers    11,527,035   
9    scarlet_a380    9,506,084   
10    The Dukes of Beulah    8,989,192

Some big scores this week & them C & Vc pics making all the diffo i suspect as despite having 3 in the top 5 i get demoted 1 spot.....
Report sewter lives again July 18, 2016 8:27 PM BST
yep right furrelli I probably had the same 3 as you but still went down from overall 74 to 150 actually thought I would go down more

if you didnt have Stenson as your Capt or V/Capt then you were stuffed

congrats to EB who had Stenson as his capt and is making a late run to defend his title only just behind me now!!

like I said earlier in this thread the big money tournaments make all the difference with the capt and v/c picks
Report El Bandido July 20, 2016 9:49 AM BST
Cheers sewter, picking Stenson as captain worked out perfectly. Position 165 now, but still 3.6 million behind the leader. More big points up for grabs next week with the PGA Championship!
Report scarlet July 20, 2016 3:18 PM BST
El B What was your position this week 300k behind top weekly spot (top 20 )?
I will have to try avoiding relegation to the championship!!
Report El Bandido July 21, 2016 6:35 AM BST
scarlet I was 174th for the week.
Report El Bandido July 27, 2016 7:47 PM BST
Can't really see any value in taking risks this week. Especially not now that I'm up to 165th. I think it's fair to say that Stenson has blown his cover after that performance at The Open! So it's McIlroy captain, Stenson VC + 4 solid ones for me.

I'm hoping the Olympics will be included with some decent points up for grabs. If so, that might present an opportunity to take a few risks. If not, it might have to be a kitchen sink job in the Final Series!

Good luck everyone!
Report sewter lives again July 27, 2016 8:20 PM BST
I have been going round in circles with regards to Rory.

Finally decided to have him as Captain the length of the course decided that for me.

EB This week I will leave out Stenson!!
Report sewter lives again July 28, 2016 5:04 PM BST
no triple points for me this week then
Report furrelli August 22, 2016 4:08 PM BST
1    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    17,611,833   
2    Royal Ridgeway    16,331,029   
3    Willett be enough    16,248,084   
4    Bunky Henry Fan Club    14,879,449   
5    Furelli Sixters    14,212,021   
6    ifbutandwhynot    14,139,168   
7    Hail the Riff    13,968,646   
8    Desert Stormers    13,226,034   
9    scarlet_a380    10,132,014   
10    The Dukes of Beulah    9,815,275
Report furrelli September 6, 2016 12:20 PM BST
1    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    18,739,095   
2    Willett be enough    17,215,083   
3    Royal Ridgeway    16,744,953   
4    ifbutandwhynot    16,300,305   
5    Furelli Sixters    16,136,676   
6    Bunky Henry Fan Club    16,087,141   
7    Desert Stormers    14,794,314   
8    Hail the Riff    14,659,096   
9    The Dukes of Beulah    10,508,251   
10    scarlet_a380    10,345,206

Now im eliminated from the BF compy..... in comes the 2nd Euro tour winner on the trot for me.... :)
Report furrelli September 12, 2016 3:02 PM BST
1    2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai Champion!    19,392,995   
2    Willett be enough    17,238,573   
3    Royal Ridgeway    16,781,403   
4    Bunky Henry Fan Club    16,400,091   
5    ifbutandwhynot    16,378,200   
6    Furelli Sixters    16,230,096   
7    Desert Stormers    15,745,479   
8    Hail the Riff    14,834,371   
9    The Dukes of Beulah    11,536,434   
10    scarlet_a380    10,590,839
Report El Bandido October 26, 2016 11:52 PM BST
Not done so well since the majors, although the Pieters and Willett WD's in recent weeks didn't help. 235th overall now and almost 6 million behind the leader, and around 2.5 million off the top 10. With 4 big ones to go, anything can still happen.

Tricky one this week with so many non-eligible players. Obviously Rory captain is the percentage play. So I've demoted him to VC, and gone with Sergio.

Sergio Garcia (C)
Rory McIlroy (VC)
Henrik Stenson
Patrick Reed
Charl Schwartzel
Emiliano Grillo

Good luck to all of you playing in this!
Report El Bandido November 3, 2016 6:20 AM GMT
Didn't work out last week. 352nd now and 7 million behind leader, 3.2 million behind top 10. Kitchen sink time!

Going with my Golf Comp team this week + Byeong-hun An as captain. I didn't pick him in the comp because Humbert The Priest did, but at least this will ease the pain if he wins.

Byeong-hun An (C)
Tyrrell Hatton (VC)
Danny Willett
Scott Hend
Andrew Johnston
Romain Wattel
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