This article focuses on combining course history and recent form articles to showcase two of the most essential elements when building out PGA DFS lineups each week. Let’s get into the Fit & Form guide to make your PGA DFS picks for your daily fantasy golf lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for The Masters.
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PGA DFS Fit & Form From Past 11 Weeks
There are 94 players are in the field this week, after the withdrawal of Joaquin Niemann, which is one of the bigger Masters fields in recent history. Only three golfers don’t have a recorded start over the last 11 weeks, Lin Yuxin, Abel Gallegos and Trevor Immelman. The average amount of starts over the 11 week period is 4.93, which is a great data point in terms of evaluating form. Let’s get to it.
Tyrrell Hatton and Dustin Johnson earned their fourth top–10 in the last 11 weeks this past weekend in Houston, the only two PGA Tour players to accomplish this. Bernhard Langer has done it on the Champions Tour. Four others have three top-10s, including Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Sebastian Munoz. Eighteen others have gotten it done twice with names like Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bryson DeChambeau, and Patrick Cantlay.
Two Englishmen have one more top-25 than anyone else, as Lee Westwood and Langer are the only golfers with six top-25s in the last 11 weeks. Ten others have five, including Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith, and Lanto Griffin.
No surprise here that 32 golfers in the field have earned a paycheck in each of their starts over the last 11 weeks. Sebastian Munoz is 7/7, and Sungjae Im is 8/8. A host of others are six of six, including Cameron Smith, Matt Wallace, Abraham Ancer and Bernd Wiesberger.
- After missing the cut at the Shriners, Hideki Matsuyama has bounced back with three top-30s, including last week’s runner-up finish in Houston.
- Former master’s champion Bubba Watson is coming into this week after back to back top-10 finishes in his last two starts.
- After a couple of mediocre starts, including a 23rd at the U.S. Open, and a 17th at the CJ Cup, Jon Rahm finished runner up at the ZoZo Championship two weeks ago.
Forty-six golfers will head to Augusta, looking for their first top 10 in the last 11 weeks. A couple of the bigger names include Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Justin Rose, Sungaje Im and Francesco Molinari.
All of those golfers have a top 25, however, but 27 others don’t. A few of the more prominent names that haven’t earned a top-25 in the last 11 weeks include Charles Howell III, Kevin Na, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Rickie Fowler, Adam Hadwin, Matt Kuchar, and former Masters Champions Tiger Woods and Danny Willett.
Augusta National isn’t really the place to come to if you are attempting to find your game, but that’s exactly what major champions Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker will try to do. They have only one made cut each in five tries for Stenson & four tries for Walker. Not too far behind them include masters champions Jordan Spieth and Danny Willett, who have each missed at least three cuts in the past 11 weeks.
- A decent start to the season for Charl Schwartzel that included a top 25 and a T32 has seen him miss two straight cuts now. This past one in dramatic fashion by waiting until morning to try and get up and down on the 18th for par. He failed to do so obviously.
- After coming in 17th at the U.S., Open Paul Casey has really struggling missing the cut at the Shriners before coming in 68th at the Cj Cup and 35th at the Zozo.
- Brendon Todd had a nice stretch going that saw him earn three straight top 25s. But, an injured toe has now had him miss his last cut and two finishes outside of the top 45 at the no-cut events.
- Phil Mickelson teed it up for the second time on the Champions Tour and won again. But, that hasn’t helped his game on the PGA Tour, finishing in almost last past at the Zozo Championship & missing the cut this past week in Houston by quite a bit.
Course History at The Masters
With Augusta National being one of the most sought after places to play golf, it’s no surprise that getting here each and every year is a goal of every golfer. 27 players have competed all five times since 2015, with another 16 have four. That’s just about half the field having played here at least four times in the last five years. 27 other golfers will also be competing for the first time at Augusta this year.
Only two golfers in the field have found themselves on the first page of the leaderboard four times in the past five years. Dustin Johnson is four for four, missing only the year when he fell down the stairs. Rory McIlroy joins Dustin as the only golfer with four top 10s. Rory’s other finish was a 21st, as he’s one of a few golfers that is five for five in terms of getting inside the top 25.
Three other golfers have three top 10s in the last five years, but they are all in search of their game right now. Maybe the trip down Magnolia lane will rekindle the fire for Paul Casey, Justin Rose and, of course, Jordan Spieth. Five others have two top 10s, for a total of ten golfers with at least two top 10s here at Augusta. The other five are Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau.
Only four golfers have come in the top 25 in each of their starts here over the last five years, and only two are 5 for 5, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Dustin Johnson is four for four, and Tony Finau is two for two.
Spieth and McIlroy are obviously one of a few golfers that have made the weekend in each of the last five years. Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott and Jimmy Walker are the others that are five for five.
- Xander Schauffele finished in 50th in his first try a few years ago, but he figured it out last year and came in second.
- Brooks Koepka had made three starts since 2015 before last year and hadn’t recorded a top 10, but last year had a chance to win late on Sunday and finished in that three-way tie for second.
- Jason Day hadn’t had a top 10 in four years heading into the 2019 version of the tournament and found himself there on Sunday. Falling a bit short, he finished a shot behind Koepka and Schauffele in a tie for fifth.
Negative Course History
Even though both Oosthuizen and Walker are five for five in making the weekend here in the last five years, they are zero for five in terms of getting inside the top 10. They each have a couple of top 25s at least to go along with making the cut each time. A handful of past champions join those two as the only golfers to have teed it up all five years without a top 10.
Ten golfers have teed it up four times and haven’t earned at top 10, with a big name being one of them, Justin Thomas. Thomas has struggled to put it all together here but is in good form coming in this year. Some others are Bernd Wiesberger, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Kisner, Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry, Kevin Na and Billy Horschel.
Lowry & Woodland are the only two from those golfers that don’t have a top 25 to their name either. The only other current PGA Tour player that has competed at least three times and doesn’t have a top 25 here is Tyrrell Hatton.
Woodland & Lowry are two of the only PGA Tour players to have made only one cut out of four tries. No other PGA Tour golfer with at least four starts has more than three missed cuts. Charl Schwartzel and Danny Willett are both 2/5.
- Sergio Garcia‘s major breakthrough three years ago was certainly the topping off a great career, but it’s been two awful missed cuts since then.
- Charl Schwartzel had a chance to win the year that Sergio did, ultimately falling short of the playoff, finishing in third. Since then, however, similar to Sergio, it’s been rough sledding missing two straight cuts.
- Since his improbable win four years ago, Danny Willett has yet to find a weekend here at Augusta.
The Masters Fit & Form for PGA DFS + Fantasy Golf
The best of the best are here, and some of them have been playing great recently. So, there’s a bunch of names to choose from that are a good fit and in good form. I’ll choose what I believe to be the top three.
- Dustin Johnson has been so impressive over these last few months, playing what seems to be inspired golf off the back of his “buddy” Brooks said they aren’t really friends. With four top 10s in four tries over the last five years here and four straight top 10s, the stars seem to be aligning for him.
- Jon Rahm is working on five straight top 25s, including that runner-up finish in his last start. He’s also working off of back to back top 10s here at Augusta.
- Patrick Cantlay walked off the 15th hole here last year with a share of the lead. But a poor iron shot on the par 3 16th lead to a bogey, and he finished in a tie for 9th. Coming off of a win in his last start, Cantlay should be booming with confidence her this week.
The PGA DFS Recent Form Guide (Last 11 weeks) | The Masters
Course History at Augusta National Golf Club
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