2018 Golf Pool Rules
So, what can everyone expect for 2018? The pool format will be the same as last year. Here is what you can expect:
There will be 16 tournaments, with the first tournament being the Farmers Insurance Open (Torrey Pines) which begins on Thursday, January 25. Pick 1 golfer for each tournament. You cannot pick the same golfer twice. Example: if you pick Tiger for the Masters, you cannot pick him any other time during the season. Make sure you check the list of golfers you have picked before entering a selection. Although the pool provides a list of the golfers each member has previously selected, the final responsibility for making sure that you do not make a duplicate pick rests on the member. Yes, we could design the site to preclude duplicate picks. I choose not to do this because I feel this is an integral part of the pool. Think of this like signing a scorecard at a PGA Tour event , just a part of the game. Whatever amount your selected golfer earns is what you earn for that tournament. If you pick an amateur, you get no money. If that amateur does really well you should be really happy about your gutsy selection, but you still get no money (Hello Bret). All picks must be made through the website. You must make your pick prior to that player teeing off. In the event you choose a golfer and that golfer subsequently withdraws before starting his round, or in the event you wish to change your pick, you may do so as long as your original pick and your subsequent pick have not yet teed off. In the event that you accidentally pick the same golfer more than once during the season, you will receive $0 for the duplicate pick. If you do it on purpose you also will receive $0.
Pool #1 – The Bing Golf Pool
The Bing Golf Pool winner is the member who accumulates the most earnings in the 16 tournaments during the season.
FedEx Cup elimination format:
After the PGA Championship the pool will have completed 12 tournaments. The top 30 members (plus ties) who have accumulated the most earnings will be allowed to compete in the first round of the FedEx Cup. The remaining members will be eliminated. These remaining members will have to re-apply for membership in the pool.
After the first round of the FedEx Cup, 7 more members will be eliminated, the remaining 23 members will compete in the 2nd round of the FedEx Cup.
After the second round of the FedEx Cup, 7 more members will be eliminated, the remaining 16 members will compete in the 3rd round of the FedEx Cup.
After the third round of the FedEx Cup, 6 more members will be eliminated, the remaining 10 members will compete in the Tour Championship to determine the winners of the Bing Golf Pool.
Pool #2 – The Majors Pool
The Majors Pool winner is the member who accumulates the most earnings in the four majors. If you need to be told which tournaments are the majors, then this pool is not meant for you.
Pool #3 – The FedEx Cup Pool
Only the top 30 members who move onto the FedEx Cup will compete in the FedEx Cup Pool. The FedEx Cup Pool winner is the member who accumulates the most earnings in the four FedEx Cup tournaments.
Member Dues and Prizes
The members dues for this year’s pool are $110. Last year the Bing Golf Pool awarded prizes for 6 places in the Bing Golf Pool and 2 places in the Majors pool and 2 places in the FedEx Cup Pool. Once the number of members in the pool have been determined, how many places will be paid and how much for each place will be updated.
Bing Golf Pool
1st = $1500
2nd = $1000
3rd = $750
4th = $450
5th = $350
6th = $250
1st = $900
2nd = $400
Fed Ex Cup Pool
1st = $900
2nd = $400
Bing Golf Pool Credo
The most important thing to remember is this is NOT a cut-throat pool - it is meant to be fun. I will always do my best to make fair judgments and I hope people will respect the decisions I have to make. Much like in golf, all decisions will be made in order to “protect the field.”