PGA Tee to Green
April 9th, 2019
The eyes of the sports world will be on Augusta National Golf Course this week for the Masters Tournament. Naturally, the major sites are responding in kind with the biggest PGA DFS tournaments of the year to date.
The field is absolutely loaded with the world’s top golfers, the weather looks pretty good, and there are plenty of interesting value plays to be found. What more could we ask for what should be an epic four-day event?
Course and Weather
The legendary Augusta National course is a Par 72 featuring a quartet of Par 5’s and spanning 7,475 yards. Lineups lock at 7 am EST on Thursday, so make sure you get your homework done and have your lineups ready to go.
The action gets underway with pretty good conditions on Thursday. The forecast calls for temps in the low 70s and partly sunny skies, but the winds could kick up a bit here and there. Temps and winds should be about the same on Friday and Saturday, but the skies will shift to partly cloudy. Sunday brings a chance of thunderstorms with similar temperatures and wind conditions.
Field and Cut
The cut rules are a bit more stringent for this marquee event. After round two, the Top 50 on the leaderboard will advance and move on, as will any other golfer within 10 strokes of the lead. For a sense of how loaded the field is, consider that all of the Top 50 golfers on the Official World Golf Rankings are participating.
If we expand that out to the Top 100 in the rankings, we have 65 members of the field. For your reference, here are the current Top 5 golfers according to the rankings.
● 1: Justin Rose
● 2: Dustin Johnson
● 3: Rory McIlroy
● 4: Brooks Koepka
● 5: Justin Thomas
Naturally, the star power doesn’t end there for one of golf’s majors. Also participating will be names such as Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth. Said another way, you will have plenty of studs to choose from this week as anchors for your DFS lineups.
We have had five different winners over the past five years of this event. While there are of course favorites to take down the 2019 edition of the Masters, one gander at the recent winners suggests that this event could be wide open depending on who gets hot this weekend. Here are the last five winners of the Masters for your reference.
● 2018: Patrick Reed
● 2017: Sergio Garcia
● 2016: Danny Willett
● 2015: Jordan Spieth
● 2014: Bubba Watson
Looking back to last year’s Top 5 finishers, it was Fowler, Spieth, Jon Rahm, and McIlroy behind Reed on the leaderboard. Spieth has finished in the Top 5 for three of the last four years at the Masters. McIlroy is riding a streak of five consecutive Top 10 finishes. Johnson, Rose, and Paul Casey have all finished in the Top 10 for three of the last four years.
What the Oddsmakers Say
The closeness of the field at this major event is further exemplified by taking a look at the odds chart. There are seven golfers who check in with odds of less than +2000 to win the whole thing. Here they are for your reference.
● Rory McIlroy +750
● Dustin Johnson +1100
● Justin Rose +1400
● Jon Rahm +1600
● Rickie Fowler +1600
● Tiger Woods +1600
● Justin Thomas +1800
In the range of +2000 to +2900, we have seven names, including Spieth, Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau. For the next tier of +3000 to +5000, we find 12 golfers. Names in that group include Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, and Sergio Garcia. The odds chart levels out from that point, as the rest of the field check in with odds of +6600 or greater.
The Bottom Line
One of the best events on the PGA calendar gets underway this Thursday at 7 am EST. We have a field loaded with the best golfers in the world from which to build out our DFS lineups with, and we should be in line for an incredibly entertaining four days of golf. For additional insight on this week’s tour event, we encourage you to check out our PGA Premium C