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4 Simple Masters Pool Ideas for 2017

Office Golf Pools LogoAfter scouring the web to identify the best format ideas for a Masters office pool I realized there was a need for a consolidated list of the best options. Listed below are the four simplest yet entertaining Masters pool formats for 2017, sorted by simplest first.

These are the four best that I could find, but if you have better Masters pool ideas, please share the format details in the comments section at the bottom of this page. If there is enough support for your format, we can build online software to help manage the best format to be used for Masters pools or other office golf pools!

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* Excel tools and online tools are included to help manage different formats. For you Excel wizards out there, I’m sure there’s a way to automate these spreadsheets a bit more. Please comment below or email easyofficepools@gmail.com if you have a great Excel solution that would be beneficial for this and I can post it.

Here are the 4 options:

#1 – Random Selection

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This is the simplest option. Put names of all the golfers in the field into a hat (or into an Excel Spreadsheet, like the one to the right with the field for 2013). Each person draws a golfer until all golfers have been picked. Whoever has the winning golfer wins the pool.
Tab 1

#2 – 6 Tiers, Use 4 (recommended option)
This is my favorite option because it involves some strategy but is still simple. Each person selects one golfer from each of the 6 tiers. Tiers are organized based on the world rankings. Once the tournament is completed you take the best four of your six scores and add them together to get your final score. Whoever has the lowest total wins. Any golfer that doesn’t make the cut gets an 80 for rounds 3 and 4, respectively. Choose the winning score as a tiebreaker (for example, if the winner posts -12, whoever guessed closest wins the tiebreaker).
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#3 – Snake Draft, Choose 5 Use 4
This one involves a bit more effort because you have to organize a draft. Start by drawing from a hat to determine the order of the draft. Once determined, conduct your draft with the snake format (for example, if you have 3 people, the draft order is 1,2,3,3,2,1,1,2,3,3,2,1,1,2,3). Each player chooses the best golfer still available when it’s their turn to draft. Once the tournament is completed you take the best four of your five scores and add them together to get your final score. Whoever has the lowest total wins. Any golfer that doesn’t make the cut gets assigned a score of 80 for rounds 3 and 4. Choose the winning score as a tiebreaker (for example, if the winner posts -12, whoever guessed closest wins the tiebreaker).
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#4 – Handicapped, Choose 5 Use 4
This once gets a little trickier because it penalizes players according to their ability (or odds of winning). Each person chooses any 5 golfers from the field. The golfers handicap as subtracted from their final score (for example, if you select Tiger in 2013 you have to add 10 strokes to his score). Once the tournament is completed you take the best four of your five scores and add them together to get your final score. Whoever has the lowest total wins. Any golfer that doesn’t make the cut gets assigned the highest scores from rounds 3 and 4, respectively. Choose the winning score as a tiebreaker (for example, if the winner posts -12, whoever guessed closest wins the tiebreaker).
Tab 4

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Odds for the Masters can be pulled from vegasinsider.com at a point in time. Normally the field is not set until the Sunday prior to the tournament. 

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Each format listed above can be used to run an office golf pool for any of the major golf tournaments. In addition to the Masters, hosting office pools for the British Open, US Open, and the PGA Championship can help bolster office camaraderie friendly banter. For more information on how our golf pools work visit the PGA Fantasy Page.

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Comments

  1. James Corbett says:

    Our pool allows each participant to choose any 10 players from the field. Only the 5 best scores of the players selected count as their team. Each team competes against the other participants teams of 5. If you don’t have 5 players that make the cut you lose. We have very few ties and no one loses because of the luck of the draw. The key to winning is to have someone on you team that’s not one of the favorites that does very well. Example: Danny Willett, only 3 players picked him out of 75 entries.

    • Great format James – Thanks for sharing and adding to this list. If you were hoping to manage this online, our automatic scoring will allow you to manage this format, with the exception of the 5 golfer must make the cut rule. We assign those golfers an 80 or Highest Carded round for the rounds they don’t finish, which effectively eliminates them from contributing to the overall team score. – Sean

  2. Brad Davis says:

    In regards to Option #2, do you know of an alternative for posting scores of 80 for players who don’t make the cut? We have been doing this format for years now and are trying to think of something other than posting an 80 when one of your golfers do not make the cut. We generally have about 10 tiers, two of which contain all the amateurs and another for former, senior winners.

    Thanks

    • Hi Brad- we have an option to assign the highest carded round too. This is for round 3 and 4, or more if your golfer withdraws after round 1 for example.

  3. I’d like to setup a Master’s pool using the Snake Draft format. The link “Manage this Format” online appears to link to the Tiers approach. Is there a way to manage a Snake Draft online or only with an excel spreadsheet.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Hi Mike – You could use our free option, also included beneath the Tiers approach on our Golf Create Page. You’ll have to manage your draft offline, but you can enter the results on our edit screen so that you’ll be able to track your live leaderboard.

      Hope that helps.
      Sean

  4. My buddies would like a dark horse pick. How would I incorporate that in?

    • Hi Kristi,

      You can make up your own tiers if you still have time. You could award extra points if someone’s Dark Horse pick is in the top 10 or something …

  5. david green says:

    So the standings will update live on your website throughout the day?

  6. Hello,

    Thanks for setting up this awesome Masters Pool. Just wondering why some of the players aren’t available for selection. (Matt Jones)

  7. We play this masters golf office pool. It can’t get simpler than this. http://www.last2left.com/whatsinplay/the-masters-golf-tournament–2014

  8. http://www.PoolHoster.com has a sweet Golf Pool format. My office uses them for all the major golf tournaments. Basically you get to pick 6 golfers from a field of 50. Then after each round your golfers with the four lowest scores are combined and that is your round score. The site shows which member had the lowest score each round and the overall winner. Also it takes cuts into account. Of more than two of your golfers are cut then you get cut. Really sweet golf pool format. Everyone loves it.

  9. I agree with the author, option #2 has strategy and simple on its side. Choose 6/use 5 would be my vote for my easy office pool. I would amend a couple of things to this format.
    First, whoever selects Tiger Woods would have to take golfers from tiers 3,5,6,6,6 or 4,4,5,5,6,6 or something to this effect.
    Second, whoever selects Rory/Phil would also have an amended draft/tier plan. I.e. Mcilroy,2,4,6,6,6 or Mickelson,3,4,4,5,6, or something on that order.
    This would improve the integrity of your easy office pool while creating a better balance playing field from a statistical standpoint. That being said I would take Woods and five tier 6ers, my personal feeling is that he will win walking away, BUT
    Who knows, last years winner would have been a tier 3 guy, Bubba Watson (40-1) and 2011 winner would have been a tier 6er, Charles Schwartzel (100-1)…..
    And Tiger hasn’t donned the coveted Green Jacket since 2005

    • The above format I outlined is based on having an easy office pool where your player needs to win the tournament which runs the chance (a pretty decent chance) of not having a winner. This is also a change to the authors #2 option which is draft six players and use your cumulative total of top five scores.
      Either way you use to choose a winner (Master’s Champion or team total) I believe #2 is the best draft format.

      • hoganseanmichael says:

        Thanks for you additions, Ryan! There are really countless ways you could organize your pool; hopefully these 4 simple ideas get some creative juices flowing and spawn some more new format ideas that we’ve never thought of before!

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