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FanDuel PGA Picks – Masters Tournament

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We couldn’t ask for a better PGA DFS event this week. This year’s edition of The Masters gets underway Thursday morning at 7 AM EST at the Augusta National Golf Course. As you would expect, the field is jam-packed with the very best golfers in the world.

The iconic course is a Par 72 which spans nearly 7,500 yards. The weather looks good for the first three days of the event, but the winds could act up at times. Unfortunately, there is a thunderstorm risk on Sunday. Cuts take place after round two with the Top 50 moving on to play the weekend. Additionally, all golfers within 10 shots of the lead at cut time will advance.

The Top 50 golfers from the Official World Golf Rankings will be participating. Here is the current Top 5 on the charts for your reference.

  • 1: Justin Rose
  • 2: Dustin Johnson
  • 3: Rory McIlroy
  • 4: Brooks Koepka
  • 5: Justin Thomas

There are a ton of other notable names in the field this week, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth. In other words, we won’t be lacking for either star power or stud golfers to build our lineups around on FanDuel this week.

The golf futures market is incredibly active around Masters time. Oddsmakers have some clear cut choices, but there is some bunching up among the top choices. This week, we have seven golfers that check in with odds to win of less than +2000. Here they are for your reference.

  • Rory McIlroy +750
  • Dustin Johnson +1100
  • Justin Rose +1400
  • Tiger Woods +1600
  • Jon Rahm +1600
  • Rickie Fowler +1600
  • Justin Thomas +1800

Behind that group, we have 19 golfers with odds ranging from +2000 to +5000. Included in that tier are names such as Jason Day, Bubba Watson, and Sergio Garcia. The odds jump substantially from that point, like every other golfer in the field checks in with odds to win of +6600 or greater.

The last five years of this tournament have seen five different golfers putting on the green jacket when all was said and done. Here are the recent winners of The Masters for your reference.

  • 2018: Patrick Reed
  • 2017: Sergio Garcia
  • 2016: Danny Willett
  • 2015: Jordan Spieth
  • 2014: Bubba Watson

The Masters is one of the biggest highlights of the entire PGA year, and we should be in line for an exciting four-day event. Let’s take a look at our top DFS choices of the week from each price point, starting with those in the expensive tier.

Cream of the Crop

Rory McIlroy- $12,100

  • Odds to win: +750
  • FPPG: 104.0
  • Cuts made: 7/7

McIlroy has been flat out phenomenal this tour season. He has finished in 6th place or better for each of his last six events. For an added bonus, he has eclipsed his average fantasy output four times over that span. McIlroy has been a beast at Augusta National as well, finishing in the Top 10 for five straight years. He’s favored this week for a reason. McIlroy is an excellent anchor for DFS lineups.

Rickie Fowler – $11,400

  • Odds to win: +1600
  • FPPG: 92.49
  • Cuts made: 10/10

Fowler came oh-so-close last year at The Masters, finishing in 2nd place behind Patrick Reed when all was said and done. All told, Fowler has finished in 12th or better for four of the last five years of this event. He’s perfect on cuts this tour season with six Top 20 finishes in 10 events, highlighted by taking down the Phoenix Open back in January while posting a whopping 140.8 fantasy points.

Tiger Woods – $11,100

  • Odds to win: +1600
  • FPPG: 81.54
  • Cuts made: 5/5

Woods has finished in 30th or better for all five of his events this season, but he hasn’t exactly been killing it from a fantasy perspective. He has exceeded his average output three times, but his high water mark is 88.1 points at the Genesis in February. Nonetheless, Woods is one of the favorites this week, and we simply can’t rule out a memorable performance reminiscent of past glory.

Patrick Reed – $10,700

  • Odds to win: +5000
  • FPPG: 71.8
  • Cuts made: 9/10

Last year’s winner of the Masters is coming in off of his worst performance of the season. He missed the cut entirely at the Valspar, finishing in a tie for 135th after carding 10-Over through two rounds. Prior to that, his year has been solid but unspectacular, with his best finish being a tie for 7th place at the HSBC Champions. Regardless, he’s worth consideration this week as he takes aim at defending the title.

Jordan Spieth – $10,400

  • Odds to win: +2000
  • FPPG: 58.82
  • Cuts made: 6/9

We have gone to the well with Spieth a number of times this tour season, but the dividends just haven’t emerged. For a number of events, he has looked like the Spieth of old on Thursday and Friday before transforming into an also-ran over the weekend. However, the Masters tends to bring out his very best. The 2015 champ has finished in the Top 5 here for four of the last five years.

Mid-Range Noisemakers

Louis Oosthuizen – $9,700

  • Odds to win: +4000
  • FPPG: 64.68
  • Cuts made: 5/7

Oosthuizen enters the Masters off of one of his best outings of the season. He finished up in a tie for 2nd place at the Valspar while dropping 92.9 fantasy points. He has been a bit skittish on making the cut of late, failing to do so in two of his past five events. Oosthuizen has some of the best odds to win at the sub-$10k price point this week, and he has Top 25 finishes in four of the past five Masters.

Matt Kuchar – $9,700

  • Odds to win: +4000
  • FPPG: 91.4
  • Cuts made: 10/10

Kuchar is perfect on cuts this year with Top 25 finishes in six of 10 events. Earlier this tour season, he won both the Mayakoba Classic and the Sony Open. Kuchar has been a little hit or miss at Augusta National. He has two Top 5 finishes over the past five years, but he has also missed out on the Top 25 twice over that span. There’s risk here, but Kuchar is an intriguing option.

Cameron Smith – $9,600

  • Odds to win: +8000
  • FPPG: 72.69
  • Cuts made: 9/10

Smith has cooled off a bit from his solid start to the year. His streak of cuts made came to an end with a dismal showing at the Honda Classic, but he bounced back with a passable showing at the Players. Earlier this year, he finished in the Top 25 for six of eight events. Last year at the Masters, Smith took down 5th place. Perhaps a return to Augusta will inspire a return to form.

Si Woo Kim – $8,800

  • Odds to win: +8000
  • FPPG: 79.22
  • Cuts made: 10/13

Kim was in the field at the Valero last week, and he delivered one of his best outings of the year. He carded a 15-Under for the weekend to finish in a tie for 4th place, which was good enough for a cool 116.4 fantasy points. The competition steps up immensely this week, but Kim has some favorable odds for this price tier. Last year at the Masters, he finished in 25th place.

Kevin Kisner – $8,700

  • Odds to win: +6600
  • FPPG: 69.85
  • Cuts made: 9/10

Since missing the cut at Mayakoba at the start of the year, Kisner has been incredibly consistent. He has finished in the Top 30 for six straight events. Unfortunately, his highest finish over that span is a tie for 22nd. Kisner has appeared at the Masters for the last three years, finishing in 28th last year. Making serious noise is likely out of his reach, but Kisner is a salary saver who could advance to the weekend.

Value Plays to Consider

Charley Hoffman – $8,500

  • Odds to win: +8000
  • FPPG: 49.79
  • Cuts made: 6/12

In the lower tiers of the price pool, Hoffman has the best odds on the board. That naturally captures our attention, but his form this tour season gives us some pause. That said, two of his best outings of the year have come in his last two events. At the Valero, he carded a an 1-Under to finish in 2nd place with 129.1 fantasy points. Hoffman also has three Top 25 finishes in the last four Masters.

Jimmy Walker – $8,300

  • Odds to win: +20000
  • FPPG: 54.58
  • Cuts made: 8/11

Walker had an up and down start to the year, but he has advanced to the weekend for his last three events. He was in the field at the Valero, finishing up in a tie for 30th with 76.5 fantasy points. His odds are a bit on the high side, but he has finished in the Top 20 for the last two Masters, and he also wound up in 8th place back in 2015.

Thorbjorn Olesen – $8,200

  • Odds to win: +12500
  • FPPG: 57.52
  • Cuts made: 3/4

The pickings are slim in the lower tiers this week. Olesen will be returning to the Masters for the first time since 2014, with his best finish being a tie for 6th in 2013. He hasn’t exactly been killing it on the tour this season, but his odds are among the more attractive at this price point. There’s plenty of risk in looking Olesen’s way, but he does have some contrarian value.

Fred Couples – $7,800

  • Odds to win: +40000
  • FPPG: 43.29
  • Cuts made: 1/2

Couples has only appeared in two tour events this season, and he hasn’t done all that much while doing so. However, he’s an experienced pro who is quite familiar with Augusta. Over the past five years, he has two Top 20 finishes under his belt. The last one came back in 2017 when he finished in 18th place when all was said and done.

Bernhard Langer – $7,200

  • Odds to win: +40000
  • FPPG: 46.9
  • Cuts made: 2/2

Langer is another golfer without much recent activity to mine for clues, but he does have extensive experience on this course. He took down 8th place here in 2015, and binked a 24th in 2016. His other three appearances over the past five years haven’t gone along as swimmingly. He’s a big risk, but Langer checks off a couple of boxes if you need to save a ton of cash.

Our Favorite Picks

Rory McIlroy- $12,100:
This week’s favorite is in excellent form, and he has a great history at The Masters to boot with five straight Top 10 finishes.
Matt Kuchar – $9,700:
Kuchar has been solid and consistent this tour season with two wins on his resume, and he also has a pair of Top 5 finishes at Augusta.
Charley Hoffman – $8,500:
Hoffman seems to have turned it around after a rough start to the year, and he has also finished in the Top 25 for three of the last four Masters.

*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag