Want to feel your heart pounding while someone else is standing over a crucial, three-foot putt?
I never thought I’d have that reaction from watching golf on TV (certainly not outside the majors) but any tournament is exciting when you have a horse in the race.
Until now, I’ve stayed away from fantasy sports because it was too time consuming and complicated.
But Draftstreet, the platform I recently used (and I’m considering for a GVI Readers league), is fast and easy.
I learned about it from my colleague, BJ VanderWoude, who has been competing in high stakes fantasy football contests for more than eight years.
“Draftstreet made its name on holding daily and weekly contests,” he says. “It’s fantasy sports for the impatient set.”
So, for instance, instead of a season-long slog where you must pick players for each week’s golf tournament, Draftstreet lets you enter single tournaments (and winners are paid as soon as the tournaments end).
Even I can follow that.
I liked this simplicity so much, I contacted Draftstreet about setting up a private Golf Vacation Insider league for us.
Before we go whole hog, however, I’d like to know what you think.
To that end, Draftstreet is allowing us to host a free contest for this week’s PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines.
(And it should be a good one: Tiger is making his 2013 PGA Tour debut; Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Keegan Bradley will be playing, too.)
This “freeroll,” as BJ calls it, means you don’t have to wager anything — Draftstreet is putting up the $300 purse.
Armed with a virtual $100,000, all you have to do is “buy” the six golfers you think will finish highest on the leaderboard.
If your picks are among the top-10 of your fellow GVI readers (again this contest is open only to us), you’ll get a share of the prize money.
Entering picks only takes a few seconds and you can adjust them until Thursday, January 24th at 7 am PT (10 am ET) when the live scoreboard will be available.
You can enter your picks here, then watch Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday on CBS.
(p.s. Fantasy sports betting is legal in the USA and Canada except for Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Puerto Rico, Vermont, and Quebec. Residents of those areas can’t participate. Sorry.)