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2024 The Masters: One-and-Done Picks & Predictions

2024 The Masters: One-and-Done Picks & Predictions

The 2024 Masters is upon us, which means we’re going to get the enjoyment of watching the world’s best golfers compete at the most iconic venue in the sport of golf. Augusta National Golf Club is a challenging place to succeed, featuring tons of undulations in its doglegged fairways and sloping, fast-paced greens.

One-and-done pick’em leagues and contests is the focus of this article. We’ll go through our favorites, or big guns, to deploy in one-and-done formats. Then, we’ll follow it up with secondary options and sneaky plays before summarizing our favorite one-and-done pick to use for the outright win at Augusta National this week.

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Big Guns

Rory McIlroy

The pressure of completing a career grand slam at all four majors is certainly going to fuel Rory McIlroy this week at Augusta National. McIlroy managed a solo-third place finish at Valero last week, with most of his production coming in the final round, finishing -6-under-par to gain momentum heading into Augusta. We all know he can drive the ball with phenomenal power, but McIlroy also ranks 19th tee-to-green and 12th in hole proximity. He’s coming off of a missed cut at The Masters in 2023, but he’s also racked up three top-five finishes, including runner-up in 2022, so deploying Northern Ireland’s most famous golfer is a good choice.

Will Zalatoris
In only two outings at The Masters in 2021 and 2022, Will Zalatoris managed a runner-up finish and sixth-place finish. A year removed from a back procedure that kept him out of the 2023 Masters, Zalatoris has looked sharp, ranked eighth in strokes gained on approach this season. Two top-five finishes, including a runner-up at Genesis, means the California native has his sights set to make a run at the leaderboard at Augusta National, which is a ball-striker’s oasis.

Secondary Options

Xander Schauffele
The lack of majors despite seven career wins since joining the PGA Tour in 2017 means we’ll see Xander Schauffele attempt to get the proverbial monkey off of his back at the 2024 Masters. Schauffele has three T5 finishes in his past four events and ranks top-20 in strokes gained off-the-tee, approaching the green, and around the green. The putter is a bit of an issue though, so this is the only reason why we’re categorizing Schauffele as a secondary option in one-and-done leagues.

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth has dominated Augusta National in most of his appearances since winning the coveted green jacket in 2015. Although his rounds tend to be rollercoaster rides, filled with ridiculous par breakers and bounce backs, Spieth is a prime candidate to deploy in one-and-done contests. He’s logged top-five finishes in six of his 10 outings at The Masters, plus he ranks 12th strokes gained putting, which is a big advantage at Augusta National.

Sneaky Plays

Russell Henley
Russell Henley has quietly navigated his way into 21st in the FedExCup rankings this season. The Georgia native is also coming off of his best performance at Augusta in 2023, turning in a fourth-place finish. He’s never missed a cut at The Masters and ranks top-40 for strokes gained around the green and putting, scrambling with the best of them. Henley is definitely a sneaky play in one-and-done formats this week as he seeks his fifth win on the PGA Tour and first major win, ending a two-year winless drought.

Corey Conners
Canadian golfer Corey Conners missed the cut at the 2023 Masters but previously finished inside of the top-ten three consecutive times. Conners ranks fourth strokes gained on approach in 2024 and 23rd off-the-tee, although his putting has been atrocious, ranked 161st on the PGA Tour. His irons are the reason we’re recommending his deployment in survivor pools and pick’em leagues, but his volatile putting could become a glaring issue on the difficult greens at Augusta National.

Favorite One-And-Done: Scottie Scheffler

No surprise here, Scottie Scheffler is our favorite golfer to deploy in one-and-done leagues this week. Scheffler has managed T19 finishes or better in all four outing at The Masters and is currently top-five in strokes gained on approach, around the green, and off-the-tee. We saw Scheffler play well with his putter to win back-to-back events before missing a five-foot birdie to force a playoff during his last event at the Houston Open. Whether or not the putter cooperates, Scheffler’s ball-striking is too good to ignore at a course like Augusta National.

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