Rickie Fowler looks for major breakthrough at Augusta National
The Masters is set for April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 Masters lineup looks like:
Rickie Fowler ($9,700)
We're going slightly off the board with our top selection, but this Masters feels more wide-open than ever, and Rickie's just as overdue for a major win as Rory, Tiger and other costlier picks. His most recent major heartbreak came at Augusta last year, where his sprint to the finish, which included six birdies in his last 11 holes, left him one shot behind winner Patrick Reed. His major ledger, which includes eight top 5s in the last eight years, makes him the best player yet to win one.
Bubba Watson ($8,800)
The last four Masters winners have been first-timers, meaning that we're overdue for a past champion to slip on another jacket. Bubba's the ultimate Masters ringer; it's by far his best major, with wins in 2012 and 2014 and a T5 last year, and the course simply suits his high fade and his creative shot-shaping from any situation. He's driving it as well as he ever has.
Phil Mickelson ($8,300)
A fourth Masters win would also make Lefty the oldest player ever to win a major (he'll be 49 in June). And it's not that far-fetched. His recent results have been middling (missed cuts at The Players and Arnold Palmer and a T40 at the Match Play), but he's only a couple months removed from a win at Pebble Beach and a T2 at the Desert Classic. Something about that drive up Magnolia Boulevard brings out Lefty's best: Only Jack Nicklaus has more rounds in the 60s at The Masters than Mickelson's 30.
Tony Finau ($8,200)
Last year, Finau gave us one of the great unsung athletic achievements of our time: He dislocated his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one at the Par-3 tournament, popped it back into place and proceeded to finish T10, with a final-round 66. Imagine what he can do with two good ankles. A major win is an inevitability for Finau, and Augusta seems a likely location for his breakthrough.
Matt Kuchar ($7,900)
Kooch keeps courting controversy, which is odd for a guy who before this year seemed as blandly generic as anyone on Tour. But the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket will find a welcoming atmosphere at Augusta, where his record is unimpeachable — one missed cut in 11 appearances, with four top 8s in his last seven starts. Then there's the fact that he's having a phenomenal year: two wins, second in money, first in GIR.
Charley Hoffman ($6,800)
He's mercurial, and he can't be counted on to win, but don't be surprised to see Hoffman crack the top 10 (or even the top 5) at some point during the weekend. He's five-for-five in Masters cuts made, with a T9 in 2015 and a T12 last year. The most notoriously streaky guy out there, Hoff comes in hot, off a solo second at the Valero.
Related: Past Masters Winner List