THE MASTERS BASIC INFORMATION
Course: Augusta National
Yardage/Par: Par 72, 7,435 Yards
Scoring Expectation: Variable and highly weather-dependent. Winds for the first two days are forecast to be very similar to last year, so get ready for some early carnage. I would expect the winner to come out around -7 by the end of the event.
Field Size: 94
Cut Rules: T60 & ties as well as any golfer within ten shots of the leader.
Get ready for carnage similar to last year for the first couple of days. Also not pictured are the thunderstorms that will be pummeling the course Wednesday, so fairway bounce will likely be minimized.
It’s finally here! The tradition unlike any other. I am beyond pumped!
Unfortunately, the weather couldn’t possibly be more complicated to work with this week. We’ve got about two inches of rain coming Wednesday and winds forecasted in the 20+ mph range for both Thursday and Friday. Suffice it to say, you should expect a very similar (and brutal) first two days of scoring as rain-soaked fairways will yield very little roll along with swirling headwinds and crosswinds on many of the more difficult holes. It may look gorgeous when we watch it, but I can assure you that the players will have their poise and patience put to the test in the very early going.
As always with Augusta, proficiency around the greens is non-negotiable – nasty runoffs, inconvenient bunkers, and plenty of tight lies will unnerve even some of the best with a wedge in their hand. Furthermore, as we all know, Augusta’s greens are notoriously slippery, well-manicured bentgrass with a built-in drainage system for each green that should prevent the greens from becoming too soft, even after two inches of rain. Therefore, we’re certainly looking at a course that at least reasonably favors longer hitters, although it would probably be a mistake to discount shorter hitters completely.
Overall, make sure that you enjoy this magical event – don’t invest too far out of your depth! It’s the most prestigious, commercial-free golf experience you’ll get all year, and it would be a horrible shame to have a soul-crushing loss weighing on you as you try to take it all in.
FANTASYDRAFT PICKS FOR CONSIDERATION
Dustin Johnson ($21,900): Normally, there would be no good way for us to fit DJ into lineups on FantasyDraft, but thanks to the elite-tier field this week, we can comfortably fit him in lineups that won’t make us nauseous. He’s the absolute best in the world at this point with the composite skillset and mentality to dominate Augusta. Don’t think twice about it.
Adam Scott ($18,500): Many might shy away from Scott after his R2 choke at the SHO last week, but many will also forget that it was purely a product of some ugly putting yips – it happens sometimes. Scott is a past winner at Augusta, has plenty of length, and still easily qualifies as one of the best tee-to-green players in the game. He’s a great bet for a made cut and probably more.
Rickie Fowler ($18,100): Few golfers are more composed, patient, and versatile than Fowler at this point, and while others are reminded of his first-round disaster, I’ll be thinking about just how good this kid has been on elite-tier tracks over the past few months, including last week. He checks all of the boxes and comes in at a ridiculously low price.
Russell Henley ($15,700): Talk about a nice bargain! Henley’s victory last week at the SHO was positively dominant, and his play overall this year has been indicative of potentially the best form of his entire career. He has all the right tools tee-to-green, and he’s an absolutely fantastic putter to boot as a nice bonus. I love him as a strong bargain play this week.
Good luck in your contests this week, stay disciplined, and trust your process!