Golf's most prestigious tournament returns to its traditional April setting
After last year's edition was moved to November because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Masters is back where it should be and set for April 8-11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup for the first major of the season. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best Masters lineup looks like in this week's fantasy golf predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,500)
The World No. 1 and defending Masters champion has been a little quiet lately. Too quiet. That just means he's ready to unleash his powers on Augusta National, where he shot a Masters-record 20-under par to win by five shots in November. He played Amen Corner alone in 6-under, a number that would have won 20 previous Masters. The setting is a little different this time — galleries, firmer and faster conditions — but his talent and comfort level aren't.
Jordan Spieth ($9,400)
The comeback is complete; now it's time to go with another major. Spieth won the Valero Texas Open with a vintage display of ball striking, putting and that old Spieth-ian determination, saving his best golf for Sunday, when he shot a nearly flawless 66. The 2015 Masters champion is six-for-six in cuts made at Augusta, with four finishes of third or better. The planets are aligning for a special weekend for the Texan, who has risen from 92nd in the World Ranking to 38th in the span of seven tournaments.
Sergio Garcia ($7,900)
You'll notice that we're favoring past champions this week; 17 players have won this event more than once, and there's a good chance somebody will make it 18. Sergio's as good a candidate as any. He's coming off back-to-back top 10s at prestigious events — THE PLAYERS and the Match Play — in what has been a resurgent 2020-21 season that has featured some impeccable ball striking (2nd in SG: Off the Tee and 10th in SG: Tee-to-Green). Augusta's best defense is its greens, and Garcia has struggled with the putter this year, but you can't discount experience; this will be his 22nd Masters.
Adam Scott ($7,600)
Scott is another former champion who has played well enough this season to warrant a serious look this week. His active cuts-made streak stands at 13, the third-longest active streak on Tour, and while he has only one top 10 this season, he's been nibbling around the edges of contention. He's made his last 11 cuts at The Masters, with a win (2013) and three other top 10s over that span. He's too good a player to end his career with only one major.
Corey Conners ($6,900)
The only non-Masters winner on this week's list, Conners looks like a massive bargain at this price. Some of his recent showings include a solo third at the Arnold Palmer, a solo seventh at THE PLAYERS and a T14 this past weekend at the Valero. Throw in a T10 at November's Masters, where he shook off an opening 74 to finish 9-under, and Canada's best player just might join countryman Mike Weir in winning this thing — if not this year, maybe soon.
Phil Mickelson ($6,600)
I know we keep leading with our heart over our head where Phil is concerned, but cut us a break — the three-time Masters champ caught our eye at this price. What can you say about Mickelson's Masters record? Aside from Jack, Arnie and Tiger, he's as good as it gets at Augusta — three wins, nine top-3 finishes. His play on the regular Tour has been spotty at best this season, with the old one-bad-round syndrome holding him back, including a third-round 79 at Augusta in November. But nobody knows the nooks and crannies of this legendary layout like Phil, who's visited them all at one time or another.
(Top photo courtesy of @DJohnsonPGA)