PGA Masters Preview 4/2/17

There are now four daily fantasy sports sites that feature golf, FantasyDraft, Draft, FanDuel and DraftKings.  Fortunately we have some phenomenal premium content here at FanVice and are running a promotion special which can be found here.

Total DraftKings Prize Pool:  $6.5M guaranteed in large field tournaments at entry points ranging from $3 to $5,300 with more contests likely to be added by the DFS leader in the sport.

Total FanDuel Prize Pool: $1.5 MILLION guaranteed at price points ranging from $3 to $1,580 which is just phenomenal since The Masters is rounding out their first month of golf contests.  They have a unique Rounds 1&2 and Rounds 3&4 roster setup which lends to some additional strategies.

Total FantasyDraft Prize Pool: $30K with a typically somewhat challenging salary algorithm and nowhere near the mass-entry gamers that are at FanDuel and DraftKings.

Draft:  Will be offering their live draft H2Hs, 3-mans and they have been experimenting with six and ten entry contests.

 

The key event details we will want to be aware of will help us shape our research and lineup construction strategies.

Event:  2017 Masters Tournament

Location:  Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Duration: April 6th through April 9th

Contest Lock: 6:00am ET Thursday

Total PGA Prize Pool:  $10.0 Million

Recent Champions:  2016 Danny Willett, 2015 Jordan Spieth, 2014 Bubba Watson, 2013 Adam Scott, 2012 Bubba Watson

Recent Runners-up: 2016 Jordan Spieth, Lee Westwood, 2015 Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, 2014 Jordan Spieth, Jonas Blixt, 2013 Angel Cabrera, 2012 Louis Oosthuizen

Course Notes: It comes as no surprise, but this truly is a course unlike any other.

The course is set up as a Par-72 event with a total yardage of 7,435 (3,725 out / 3,710 in) and even most casual golf fans are aware of the signature “Amen Corner” on the back nine which includes holes 11, 12 and 13.  Now for a bit of trivia, did you know that each of the 18 holes on the course has its own name in honor of a flowering shrub or tree.

Speaking of trees that is the hallmark of Augusta National Golf Club with the fairways lined and looking glorious which forces golfers to be straight and true shooters.  Then on the second half of the course the water hazards are introduced creating several tricky holes with Rae’s Creek merrily meandering along.

For the most part the finishes are close and rarely do we see a runaway.  Just once since Tiger Woods’ -12 stroke demolition of the field back in 1997 have we seen anyone win by more than four strokes and that was done two years ago by Jordan Spieth.  Most years seem to just come down to one or two shots or even playoffs.

The 72-Hole Record in the event was set in 1997 by Tiger Woods with a 270 (-18) and matched last year by Jordan Spieth.  The 18-Hole Record of 63 (-9) was notched in 1986 by Nick Price and then matched a decade later in 1996 by Greg Norman.

Weather:  There could be some spring thunderstorms on the weekend with highs in the low-80s and lows in the upper-60s.

Field Notes:  This will be one of the most accomplished fields we see at any event all season.  The cut in this tournament advances the lowest 50 scores (including ties) and any golfer within -10 strokes of the lead.

Notable golfers announced so far include pretty much everyone except Tiger Woods, Bagger Vance, Roy McAvoy and Happy Gilmore.

Once again we will be eagerly awaiting to see who will be joining Jim Nantz in Butler Cabin to don the green jacket.