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The First Cut: The Masters Guide & Player Preview at Augusta National PGA DFS Picks | 4/5/21

Jason Rouslin

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PGA DFS The Masters at Augusta National DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy golf lineups with expert projections and player data featuring Jordan Spieth

The flora in full bloom and Augusta National Golf Club is ready to take center stage yet again. It was just six months ago the tour graced these hallowed grounds and provided a much-needed remembrance of what this course and this tournament can bring. Now back in its normal spot, with patrons allowed back on the grounds, The Masters will again show the world what seems to be on the horizon: Hope.

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This article will go player by player, giving a bit of a profile on each of them and then a bet to make this week. One of the many great things about this tournament is that it is widely covered by all betting outlets, and the options to choose from are extremely vast. Let’s start off with a bit of a Course Profile:, similar to what you would see in The First Cut article.

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Course Preview: Augusta National Golf Course

Course Facts and Figures

Par and Yardage

  • Par 72, 7,475 yards

Hole Dispersion

  • Four Par 3’s: 240, 180, 155, 170
  • 10 Par 4’s: 445, 350, 495, 450, 460, 495, 505, 440, 440, 465
  • Four Par 5’s: 575, 570, 510, 530

Grass Types and Hazards

  • Grass Type: Bent
  • Average Green Size: 6,486 square feet
  • Water Hazards: 6
  • Bunkers: 44
  • Rough Length: 1.375

Designer

  • Allister Mackenzie & Robert Trent Jones

Facts and Figures

  • Off the Tee: Augusta is demanding off the tee, but it is more about being in the right position rather than always hitting the fairway. Even hitting the fairway doesn’t guarantee success this week, as golfers will hit them over 66% of the time, typically one of the top 10 easiest to hit on tour.
  • Approach: Even getting onto these greens isn’t all that difficult, with the average coming in just shy at 65%. It is on and around the greens where Augusta National comes roaring back.
  • Around the Green and Putting: Both are in the top 10 hardest; not only are they undulating, fast and hopefully firm, but there are plenty of spots that will turn a 4 into a 6 in a heartbeat.

Player Preview

Golf is such a unique and incredible game, with so many different facets. Nothing helps us identify what a player is good at in their game than the set of statistics called strokes gained. But since all the players competing this week don’t have strokes gained in there, I’ve broken down the 88 golfers into distinct categories this week. Here is the table of contents for the article:

Here’s what you can expect to find about each player:

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  • How They Qualified
  • Recent Form
  • Masters Form
  • Statistical Profile
  • Bet for the Week: Finding a bet on every player is possible, but some of the odds on them may be outrageous, on both sides. For example for Ollie Osborne to miss the cut the odds are -1000, meaning you bet $100 to win $10. Most if not all of these bets can be found on DraftKings Sportsbooks.
  • Quick Notes

Amateurs (3)

There are just three amateurs this year, as a few of the events that typically generate an exemption into here weren’t played. Most notably, the Latin-America Champion and the Asian-Pacific Amateur Champion. Those two didn’t compete this year. Thus the tournament committee has decided to roll with the three that did.

  1. Joe Long

    • Age & Birthplace: 23/England
    • How They Qualified: 2020 British Amateur Champion
    • Recent Form: 88, MC, MC
    • Masters Form: N/A
    • Statistical Profile: N/A
    • Bet for the Week: To miss the cut -625
    • Quick Notes: A bit of a late bloomer, Long has tried the pro-circuit out and hasn’t been able to find his way quite yet. But he has a chance of a lifetime getting to compete here this week with most of the world’s best.
  2. Charles Osborne

    • Age & Birthplace: 21/Dallas Texas
    • How They Qualified: 2020 U.S. Am runner-up
    • Recent Form: 76,43,4
    • Masters Form: N/A
    • Statistical Profile: N/A
    • Bet for the Week: Miss the Cut -1000
    • Quick Notes: Osborne had one of the most improbable runs at the U.S. Am, as his World Amateur ranking has never been better than 200. But after that one magical weekend out on Bandon Dunes, Osborne is in The Masters after losing to the next guy on our list.
  3. Tyler Strafaci

    • Age & Birthplace: 22/Davie Florida
    • How They Qualified: 2020 U.S. Am Champion
    • Recent Form: N/A
    • Masters Form: N/A
    • Statistical Profile: N/A
    • Bet for the Week: If any of these three will make the cut, it’s Strafaci. He’s at +350 to do so.
    • Quick Notes: Strafaci comes into this week as the lowest-ranked amateur and the most accomplished as well. He hasn’t played much golf, though, for a good reason, as he opted to leave Georgia Tech a semester early but retained his am status so that he could play in this week’s Masters and the Walker Cup in May. It has certainly hurt his ranking a little bit, but there’s just not enough data on him to see if he could be a force this week. He struggled in his one pro start so far, missing the cut and coming in last at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now four years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of two boys, James & Myles. A dog and more specifically Lab lover (Bella), he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at Awesemo.com. In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, at Disney World, on a hike, or somewhere in between. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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