DRAFT PGA Recommended Plays: The Masters
Golf’s Super Bowl has finally arrived, and it might be the most anticipated Masters’ tournament in recent memory. There is no shortage of storylines heading into this week’s contest.
Phil Mickelson will head to Augusta National having won a tournament earlier this season for the first time in five years. Rory McIlroy is looking to complete a career grand slam and comes into this week having won earlier this season after a dominant performance at Bay Hill. Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson is arguably the hottest golfer in the world right now, having won twice since the middle of February. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas have all won in the calendar year of 2018. Sergio Garcia will look to defend his historic victory in last year’s tournament.
And of course, the return of Tiger Woods. The four-time Masters champion will return to August in excellent form having tied for 12th at the Honda Classic, T2 at the Valspar Championship and T5 at Bay Hill. He hasn’t posted a score above 72 in his last 12 rounds.
With so many top golfers coming into Augusta in such great form, it will not be easy assembling a lineup on DRAFT this week. But there are a few key statistics that you should be focusing on while researching before the start of your draft:
Strokes Gained: Ball Striking
Par 5s Gained
Strokes Gained: Around-The-Green
Course History/Recent Form
Using those six statistics, you should be able to find value in multiple golfers.
Justin Rose will be an incredibly popular choice to win this year’s Masters. Rose finished in second after losing to Sergio Garcia in a playoff in 2017 and has historically played very well at Augusta National. He also comes in this tournament in great form, finishing in the top eight in five of his last seven tournaments played. He’s a tremendous choice to anchor your lineup.
DeChambeau has only played at Augusta once as an amateur in 2016, but was in contention for the lead heading into the weekend before falling off late. But the reason why I’ll be targeting DeChambeau this week is due to his ability to make birdie or better on Par 5s this season. Scoring on Par 5s is hugely important to scoring well at Augusta in general, so DeChambeau will have a sizeable advantage on the majority of the field. It doesn’t hurt that he will likely be available in the later rounds of your draft as well, making him a tremendous value for the cost.
A superb ball-striker, Casey will head to Augusta in great form with a victory at the Valspar less than one month ago. But the reason why I’ll be targeting Casey in the majority of my lineups is how well this course suits his skill-set. He ranks in the top 20 of nearly every key statistic needed to contend at Augusta. That is also backed by his recent performance at The Masters, finishing no worse than T6 in his past three appearances here. In my opinion, he is one of the safest options on the board.
Scott has been a model of consistency at Augusta, finishing in the top 10 four times in his last seven starts here. He is slowly rounding into form after taking most of the 2018 season off but ranks as one of the best golfers in a lot of the key statistics such as Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. His course history is simply too good to ignore, and you’ll likely get him at a discount too due to all of the additional storylines taking place around him.