PGA DFS Playbook - The Masters
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Masters.
It's finally here, The Masters. As you will hear hundreds of times over the weekend and it could not be more true, "A tradition unlike any other." The Super Bowl of the Golf world has arrived and we've got one million dollars on the line on DraftKings. We've got so much to discuss before setting your lineups, so let’s get to it.
First, you must know that basically any player $7,400 and up has a chance to win the Masters. My job is to provide you with the golfers I feel have the best combination of price, ownership and level of play to help you bring home big money this weekend. It was extremely difficult to narrow down my playbook to these select few, especially from the top tier. I would not fault you if you played any player $9,000 plus.
Now, let’s get into the DFS Strategy when it comes to The Masters and playing in such a huge public tournament like the Millionaire Maker on Draft Kings. They have allotted 235,294 entries for the tournament and as I mentioned, a lot of them will be first time DFS PGA players. There will be less than 100 total players in this field which means differentiating yourself will be at a premium. You cannot be afraid to leave money on the table when setting your lineups. One of the biggest problems that many DFS players have is feeling that you must spend all your salary cap. There is a much better chance that you'll have a duplicate lineup if you zero out your cap than if you leave money on the table. You'll notice that all my Optimals will not use the full salary cap.
Time to shift our focus over to Augusta National. There is no need to go into detail here because it's one of the most well-known courses in the world. It is a Par 72 that measures out to 7,435 yards. This course is very difficult and true test of a golfer's game. There are very long Par 4’s, and reachable Par 5’s. The greens are always the fastest on tour and hard for these players to stick because of the shave edges. Since the course was lengthened in 2010, we've seen a majority of 300 yard bombers winning or finishing in the Top 10 but there are exceptions to every rule namely Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, and Danny Willett. When looking over the course history, good GIR numbers has proven to be more beneficial to players than putting at Augusta but that's not to say that putting is not important.
Augusta National is a second shot course. We want players with great proximity numbers from outside 175 and 200 yards out. That means targeting great long iron players (great ball strikers). Most outstanding long iron players happen to also be at the top when it comes to GIR. These players put themselves into birdie making opportunities rather than missing greens and must scramble their way to a par.
Course history is vitally important when it comes to The Masters even if it is just one previous trip like we saw with Danny Willett and Jordan Spieth recently. But when you look at last year's leaderboard, it was filled with names you've seen and heard before on the PGA Tour. Experience matters at Augusta.
Finally, the weather will once again play a big factor in determining this weekend’s winner at Augusta. The wind wreaked havoc in 2016 with just a few players finishing under par for the weekend. There is rain in the forecast Friday and Sunday and it could make for a very wet weekend in Georgia.
The Masters is truly a one of a kind event that every fan of the sport looks forward too. Growing up, there were few things I enjoyed more than watching Sunday at Augusta with my Dad. It's the first major of the golf season and it feels like the unofficial start of Spring. I know personally, watching the Masters means that it is time to dust off the clubs from the basement and get out on the range to work out the rust in my already dirty swing.
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