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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA The Masters 2018

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA The Masters 2018

Oh, it’s the one we’ve been waiting for. It’s Masters week, the return of Tiger, Phil’s on top of his game, Spieth just flashed some game, Thomas is playing like a #1, same with Dusty, and quietly Jason Day is lurking in the shadows but already has a win and a 2nd in his last four tournaments. Oh, and did we mention Justin Rose wants revenge? And that Rory actually won a tourney recently? It’s gonna be one heck of a week.  And I almost forgot….Bubba is back in form too! Who do you take? Who knows!

Let’s get to the course. We all know about Augusta National Golf Course. It’s a par 72, 7435 yards. A magnificent test of golf. It has some very long Par 4’s, and reachable Par 5’s. Especially on the back nine. The greens are fast and undulating. The edges of the green are shaved, so you better hope for a soft landing, or you’ll get to know the run offs pretty well. Short hitters have won here and so have the bombers. However, since the increase in yardage in 2010, only 300 yards hitters have won, and besides Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, and Ian Poulter,  there aren’t many sub 290 hitters that show up in the top 10. In years past, specifically the years that Mike Weir and Zach Johnson won, the weather was frigid. Cold weather means shorter shots, which seem to help level the playing field. Also, we’ve done a lot of digging, especially looking at players like Bill Haas and Ryan Moore. Players who make a lot of cuts here. We went year by year and looked deeper into the stats. We came away feeling, that to make the cut here, you are better off being a very good GIR player over being a great putter. Yes, of course putting helps and wins you every tournament. However, at the Masters, you want to stay out of trouble as much as possible. This isn’t a regular golf tournament where you can scramble to victory. Jordan Spieth won here because he hit greens. Bubba Watson makes cuts here because he hits greens, then wins when his putter shows up. 

We prefer longer hitters off the tee, because when it comes to ball flight on these long irons second shots, it’s much harder to hit and stick the quadrants of the green you want to be on. In my opinion, the short hitters have zero leeway, they must be perfect, whereas a guy like Bubba, can be off here or there, but he has eagle opportunities and easy birdie opportunities that the short guys don’t have. He can be flawed and still win. I don’t think players like Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, or Ian Poulter have that luxury. They can’t make up shots like that, they need to be perfect. 

Please check the weather as the week goes on, because as of right now the forecast has some chilly days which could change strategies everywhere and bring shorter players into the mix..

So how was that little course primer? Those are the skills we’ll be looking for mostly. Length, with Long Iron Play and a Short Game. 

Good Luck To All.

 

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