How It Works
How It Works / FAQs
HOW IT WORKS (IN A NUTSHELL)
Can you quickly explain how StrokeWars fantasy golf contests work?
THE BASICS - CUT THROAT GAME PLAY
1) Select a team of 12 golfers and 2 team captains from 4 different groups of players that are competing in this week's PGA Tour or global professional event.
2) Track your team on the Contest Leaderboard.
3) The team with with the lowest combined total of strokes at the end of the contest wins!
What other important information do I need to know about how StrokeWars fantasy golf contests are scored?
a) Players you select on your team who are cut (CUT), Made Cut / Did Not Finish (MDF), Do Not Start (DNS), Withdraw (WD), or for any other reason do not finish or play are given the highest cumulative 4 round score in the field.
b) Team Captain scores are doubled. If you select a Team Captain who gets CUT, WD, MDF or for any other reason does not finish or play, then the highest four round score of any golfer in the tournament who has made the cut is doubled and applied to that player.
How are StrokeWars contest prizes distributed between all participants in a contest?
a) Every StrokeWars contest offers a GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL that is determined in advance of a contest starting and always remains static. The GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL is always distributed in full to participants in a contest and is broken out between a variable BONUS POOL and WINNER'S POOL. The value of each prize distributed to a contest participant is determined by the relative performance of each participant in the contest in relation to the winning team. However, the value of the GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL will always be equal to the value of the BONUS POOL + WINNER'S POOL.
b) Teams that do not win or finish "in the money" are entitled to a TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS based on how many total strokes behind the winning team your team finishes. The closer behind the winner you finish, the more of a bonus you receive. Hypothetically, your team can finish in last place in a contest and if you stay within the BONUS CUTOFF you can still earn a TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS. If your team finishes outside of the BONUS CUTOFF, then it does not receive any TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS.
c) After all TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUSES are distributed to those participants that have not won or finished "in the money" for a contest, the sum of all TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUSES is taken and becomes the BONUS POOL.
d) The remaining amount from the GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL not applied to the BONUS POOL becomes the WINNER'S POOL. The WINNER'S POOL is then split between those teams that win or finish "in the money".
The more a winning team wins by, the more money the winning team WINS. Dominate your competition and you could take down the majority or even ALL of the GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL!
What Is StrokeWars?
StrokeWars is the premier destination for the most exciting weekly fantasy golf contests for cash.
How Do I Become A Member?
Becoming a StrokeWars member is EASY and FREE! Simply navigate to the homepage, click any "Sign Me Up" button and fill out the registration form.
What Information Is Required To Become a StrokeWars Member?
In order to become a member you are required to provide your full name, address, date of birth, email address and telephone number. If your identity cannot be validated, you will be required to submit additional information or documentation.
Is It Free to Become A StrokeWars Member?
Yes, it is absolutely free to become a member.
DEPOSITS / WITHDRAWALS
What Can I Use To Deposit?
StrokeWars accepts all major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
All purchases are SECURELY made via PayPal checkout. A PayPal account is NOT required to deposit using your credit card or debit card.
**You may only deposit funds into your StrokeWars account with a payment method registered in your name.**
How Do I Submit A Withdrawal Request?
Make sure you are logged in and navigate to My Contests page. Once there, click the "Cash Out" option found on left menu, then select the "Proceed to Cash Out" button and choose how much you would like to withdraw from your account.
What Is Your Withdrawal Policy?
Our policy is to get you your winnings as soon as possible. We follow a pretty simple philosophy of "don't be sketchy".
Please review Section 15 of our Terms of Service for full details about withdrawal terms & conditions.
Any member that receives a free signup bonus or uses a coupon code while depositing must enter & play in one or more contests summing at least the signup bonus or total deposit amount (including additional money received at signup or using a coupon code). For example, if a member uses a "Deposit $100, Get $10 Free" coupon and receives $110 for a $100 purchase, that member must enter into 1 or more contests totaling $110 or more before being able to withdraw from their account. If a new member receives a $1 signup bonus, that member must play in 1 or more contests totaling $1 before being able to withdraw from their account. If no coupon code or signup bonus is redeemed by a member, then you may withdraw immediately from your account without having to play any contests. For example, if you signup and don't receive any signup bonus, deposit $100 into your account, then a day later your car breaks down and you need that $100 back to be able to repair your car, then we will send your $100 back to you without having to play any contests.
Do I Have To Complete A W-9 Form Prior To Withdrawing?
Yes, due to compliance laws and identity verification requirements all StrokeWars members are required to complete a W-9 form prior to withdrawing funds.
How Long Do Withdrawals Take?
It typically takes anywhere from 3-7 business days for your funds to appear in your PayPal account. If you request a check it can take 2-3 weeks for delivery. First time withdrawal requests may take longer depending on the speed all required documentation is received back from the withdrawing member.
CONTEST ENTRY, GAMEPLAY & SCORING
How Are Contests Scored?
StrokeWars contest gameplay & scoring format is simple, fair & exciting!
In a nutshell, participants will select a lineup of professional golfers along with 2 Team Captains from four (4) different Player Groups reflecting golfers slated to play in the upcoming week's PGA, USGA, European or other professional golf tournament. The lineup with the lowest combined total of strokes at the end of the contest wins.
Your team's score will be the cumulative 4 round score of your 12 golfers. If one of your golfers does not make the cut (MC / MDF), does not start the tournament (DNS), withdraws from the tournament (WD), or for any reason does not finish or play in the tournament, then he will be given the highest cumulative 4 round score in the field from all remaining players that made the cut and finished the tournament.
If one of your golfers does not tee off then that player will be given the highest cumulative 4 round score in the field (same as a CUT player).
We will do our best to notify all members in a contest, via email, that a player who was available for selection has withdrawn from a tournament before the tournament has started and should be replaced. However, it is the SOLE responsibility of all StrokeWars contest participants to ensure the players they have selected for their lineups are indeed playing in the golf tournament before the contest begins. Changes to teams after a contest starts ARE FORBIDDEN. Any team that has 1 or more players missing from their lineup that do not start, withdraw, or do not play in the golf tournament for any reason will receive the same score as a CUT player for EACH player missing from their team.
ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO THOSE WHO FAIL TO ENTER A COMPLETE LINEUP BEFORE THE CONTEST START TIME OR THAT SELECT GOLFERS THAT DO NOT START OR PLAY IN A GOLF TOURNAMENT.
How Do I Enter Contests?
All contests open for entry are available on the Contest Hall page. Choose the contest that fits your buy-in preference and click the ENROLL button in order to join.
How Do I Enter Or Edit Lineup(s) For A Contest In Which I Am Already Enrolled?
Once you are logged in, select "My Contests" from the main navigation bar. Your Dashboard on the left side of the screen will show all contests that you are enrolled in, along with a unique link for each entry you have entered in the contest. Simply choose the entry you would like to enter/edit your lineup for, select/modify the players you would like to insert into your lineup, and click the "SUBMIT" button.
**Lineups may be edited at any time leading up to the start date/time of a contest. All lineups are locked and can no longer be modified once a contest starts. **
What Are The Lineup Requirements?
Each participating team in a contest must:
1. Select 2 players from Group 1.
2. Select 4 players and a Team Captain from Group 2.
3. Select 4 players and a Team Captain from Group 3.
4. Select 2 players from Group 4.
What Are Team Captains And How Are They Scored?
Team Captains must be chosen respectively from the 4 golfers you have selected from Player Group 2 and Player Group 3.
Team Captain scores are DOUBLED when applied to your team's Total Strokes.
Are Multiple Entries Into The Same Contest Allowed?
Yes, in general, most contests allow multiple entries for the same member. Typically, the number of entries per contest per member is limited to 5 entries.
What If I Join A Contest and Forget To Enter A Lineup?
Any lineup position that is left empty or contains a player that does not play in a tournament will be scored the same as a CUT player. No refunds are provided in the case of incomplete or empty lineups prior to a contest starting.
**For the convenience of all of our contest participants, any lineup that is incomplete prior to the start of a contest will be denoted as such with a small, red Incomplete next to the entry in the MY LINEUPS section of the My Contests page. **
What Happens If One Of My Players Doesn't Play Or Withdraws From A Golf Tournament?
In the event that one of your players does not play in a golf tournament, that player will be scored the same as a CUT player.
When Are Player Groups Made Available For A Contest?
In most cases, initial Player Groups will be posted the Sunday night or Monday before the golf tournament. Once the Player Groups are established and for the convenience of all contest participants, StrokeWars may remove players that have withdrawn from a tournament up until 48 hours before the contest begins, resulting in valid lineups becoming invalid. All participants who have entered a contest where a change has been made to Player Groups will be notified via email. Also, any lineup that has become "invalid" prior to the start of a contest due to removal of players from a Player Group will be denoted as such with a small, red Incomplete, indicating that the lineup must be edited prior to the contest start time.
Additional golfers may also be added to Player Groups up until 48 hours before a contest. This will not result in valid lineups becoming invalid. However, all late player additions will be communicated to entrants via email as well.
What Happens If A Tournament Is Cancelled or Postponed?
In the event that a tournament is cancelled, StrokeWars will cancel all respective contests and provide a full refund for all contest entries. StrokeWars will consider a tournament cancelled if no tour prize money is paid out and no winner is declared, or if the tour itself declares the tournament cancelled.
A golf tournament may enter a suspended state due to weather, darkness, or some other reason. StrokeWars will wait until the tournament’s officials make a ruling on the outcome of the suspension before taking any actions related to paying out or cancelling contest entries. If it becomes clear, as determined by StrokeWars in its sole discretion, that the tournament will not be completed (either played in full or shortened) before the tour’s next scheduled tournament being offered by StrokeWars, StrokeWars will cancel and refund all contest entries.
What Happens If A Tournament Is Shortened?
If any professional tour event shortens a tournament for any reason, then the player scores that are generated for the portion of the tournament that has been completed will be used to finalize and payout contests.
Can I View Other Contest Participants' Lineups?
Upon the start of every contest and for FULL TRANSPARENCY into the FAIRNESS and INTEGRITY of our contests, a file containing all entries and corresponding lineups will be posted for download by any member entered into the contest. Contest participants are unable to see other contest participant lineups until the contest starts.
What If A Golf Tournament Goes To Playoff Holes?
In a golf tournament where 2 or more players must go to Playoff Holes in order to determine the winner, the scores on those playoff holes DO NOT AFFECT scoring in any StrokeWars contests.
For example, if you selected Player A and Player B on your team, and both players end up in a tie at -14 in the golf tournament and must go to Playoff Holes to decide the winner, and PLAYER A shoots a birdie on the 1st playoff hole and Player B shoots a par, then Player A and Player B would still reflect a score of -14 each in the contest. Player A would not move to -15.
Will The Entry Fee For A Contest Ever Change?
No, the entry fee for a contest will not change once the contest is created.
Can I Withdraw An Entry From A Contest After Joining?
No, once you join a contest you may not withdraw your entry. If there are extenuating circumstances in which you MUST withdraw your entry into a contest prior to that contest starting, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the reason why you need to withdraw your entry.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ENTRY WITHDRAWAL REQUESTS BE CONSIDERED AFTER A CONTEST HAS BEGUN.
What Is The Difference Between "Strokes Behind" and "Strokes Behind (Adjusted)"?
STROKES BEHIND is the actual total number of strokes behind the winning/leading team all other teams are during contest play or after a contest is concluded.
STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED) = STROKES BEHIND x BONUS MULTIPLIER
For example, if your team's Total Strokes adds up to -50 and the contest leader/winner team's Total Strokes adds up to -103, then your STROKES BEHIND value would be 103-50 = 53 STROKES BEHIND.
The Strokes Behind (Adjusted) value for any team is that team's Strokes Behind value multiplied by the contest's BONUS MULTIPLIER value. The Strokes Behind (Adjusted) value for a contest is used to determine the Team Performance Bonus for a team as long as that team's Strokes Behind (Adjusted) value is better than the contest's BONUS CUTOFF value.
**The Strokes Behind (Adjusted) value will show as "MAX" for any team whose Strokes Behind (Adjusted) value is worse than the contest's BONUS CUTOFF value. This means that team has not performed well enough in relation to the contest leader/winner in order to receive a Team Performance Bonus. **
Why does the Leaderboard show some lineups with "CUT" players before a contest begins?
Any lineup that is INCOMPLETE will show as having CUT players prior to a contest starting. Also, immediately after a lineup is saved sometimes it will show CUT players until the system refreshes. So if you save your lineup and see that your lineup shows 12 CUTS on the Leaderboard right after saving, don't worry and give the system a few minutes to update.
Are StrokeWars Contest Prize Pools Guaranteed?
Yes, all StrokeWars prize pools are guaranteed.
What Is The "Guaranteed Prize Pool"?
The Guaranteed Prize Pool is the guaranteed TOTAL amount of prizes that will be distributed between participants in a contest. The Guaranteed Prize Pool remains static in advance of a contest starting.
The Guaranteed Prize Pool is broken out between the Winner's Pool and Bonus Pool.
What Is A "Bonus Multiplier"?
A Bonus Multiplier is applied to all contests in order to allow those with different buy-in preferences to enjoy StrokeWars contests without affecting our exciting game play format.
A contest's Bonus Multiplier is multiplied by the STROKES BEHIND value (e.g. - total strokes behind the leader/winner) for each entry in a contest to determine an entry's "STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED)" value.
What Is A "Team Performance Bonus"?
A Team Performance Bonus is awarded to any entry that does: a) NOT finish "in the money", and, b) performs better than the BONUS CUTOFF value for that contest.
For every total stroke closer to the winning/leading team above the BONUS CUTOFF value a team finishes in a contest, that team receives that contest's BONUS CUTOFF - (STROKES BEHIND * BONUS MULTIPLIER) back as a TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS.
TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS = BONUS CUTOFF - STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED)
This means the closer behind the winner you finish, the more of a bonus you receive. Hypothetically, you can finish in last place in a contest and still receive a TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS as long as you finish within the BONUS CUTOFF behind the contest winner.
Example A - In a contest where the BONUS MULTIPLIER = 1 and the BONUS CUTOFF value = 90 STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED), if your team finishes 15 STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED) behind the winning team, then your team would receive (90 - (15 * 1)), or 90-15= $75 back as a Team Performance Bonus.
Example B - In a contest where the BONUS MULTIPLIER = 0.2 and the BONUS CUTOFF value = 17 STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED), if your team finishes 12 STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED) behind the winning team, then your team would receive (17 - (12 * 0.2)), or 17 - 2.4= $14.60 back as a Team Performance Bonus.
Example C - In a contest where the BONUS MULTIPLIER = 0.2 and the BONUS CUTOFF value = 17 STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED), if your team finishes 20 STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED) behind the winning team, then your team would receive nothing back as a Team Performance Bonus since your team exceeded the BONUS CUTOFF value.
What Is A "Bonus Cutoff" value?
The BONUS CUTOFF value is established for every contest and is the maximum STROKES BEHIND (ADJUSTED) a team can finish behind the winning team in order to receive a TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS. The closer your team finishes to the winning team above the BONUS CUTOFF value, the more of a TEAM PERFORMANCE BONUS your team will receive.
What Is The Bonus Pool?
Once Team Performance Bonuses are determined for entries that did NOT finish in the money, the sum of all Team Performance Bonuses is taken and becomes the Bonus Pool.
What Is The Winner's Pool?
The Winner's Pool receives all remaining money from the GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL that is not applied towards the BONUS POOL and is split among entries that finish "in the money".
So, simply put: WINNER'S POOL = (GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL - BONUS POOL)
How Is The Winner's Pool Distributed To Entries That Win or Finish "In The Money"?
In general**, the Winner's Pool distribution is broken down using the following scale:
1-15 players in contest: 1st Place receives 100% of the Winner's Pool.
16-30 players in contest: 1st Place receives 75% of the Winner's Pool, 2nd place receives 25%.
31-99 players in contest: 1st Place receives 70% of the Winner's Pool, 2nd Place receives 20% and 3rd place receives 10%.
100-149 players in contest: 1st Place receives 65%, 2nd place receives 15%, 3rd place receives 12% of the Winner's Pool, 4th place receives 8%.
150+ players in contest: 1st Place receives 60%, 2nd place receives 15%, 3rd place receives 12%, 4th place receives 8%, 5th place receives 5%.
**The distribution scale above could vary for any individual contest (but will never change after a contest has started). Be sure to check the specific contest rules for any contest that you join.
Do The Bonus Pool and Winner's Pool Calculate In Real Time As A Contest Progresses?
Yes, both the Bonus and Winner's pools continuously re-calculate in real time as a contest progresses. Typically as a contest progresses and especially after the CUT for a golf tournament is established, the Winner's Pool value goes up while the Bonus Pool value goes down. Early in a contest, the value of the Bonus Pool will be the majority of the entire Guaranteed Prize Pool.
What Happens If Two Or More Entries That Finish "In The Money" Tie In A Contest?
In the event of a tie between teams that finish "in-the-money" then the team containing the lowest score for a team captain wins. If both team's contain the same top scoring Team Captain, then the best score of the 2nd Team Captain on both teams will break the tie. If the best score for both team captains also results in a tie, then the team with lowest scoring individual golfer (non Team Captain) wins. If there is another tie for lowest scoring individual golfer on both teams, then the team with the 2nd lowest scoring individual golfer wins. This method is continued until the tie is broken and winner is determined.
Team Performance bonuses are not affected by tiebreaker rules.
Due to the slim chance of a tie of those contest participants that finish "in the money", the automated prize calculation formula that determines the CURRENT WINNINGS ($) value currently does not take ties into account. Due to this, the Leaderboard for a contest may display incorrect prize amounts during or at the end of a contest. In these cases, Stroke Wars management will reach out individually to the affected member(s) and manually award contest winnings to member accounts, as well as deducting of incorrectly awarded prizes from member accounts.
What If A Scoring Error Was Determined To Be Made After A Contest Ends And Prizes Have Been Distributed?
Live scoring while a contest is in progress is strictly for the enjoyment of StrokeWars members. StrokeWars performs a scoring validation process after a contest is final to ensure StrokeWars contest scoring matches official scoring when contest results are finalized and paid out.
Once a contest is finalized that contest will move from "Active" to "Completed".
All prizes are paid out after a contest is complete and the validation process has been completed.
On occasion, official scorers may issue a correction after a tournament has ended and the StrokeWars scoring validation process has completed. These corrections are rare, but can occur days after a tournament is played. Therefore, any changes to scoring that occur after contests have been finalized will not impact those finalized contests. Conversely, if a correction needs to be made after contests are finalized due to a internal system bug, while extremely rare, the finalization process (including payment) may be reversed and redone correctly. In these rare cases, StrokeWars management will reach out individually to the affected member(s) and manually award contest winnings to the correct member accounts, as well as deducting of incorrectly awarded credit amounts from member accounts. Note: StrokeWars will not attempt to make judgments on scoring rulings and will refer to the official scoring results provided by the tour in which the contest is taking place in case of dispute.