THE GREATEST SHOW IN GOLF
It’s finally here! As we glide into Golf’s biggest week there’s €20k on the line in our Masters Monster contest. We’re sure many of you will know all about Augusta and its foibles, but to those less initiated here’s ten handy hints on how to attack these hallowed grounds:
1.Get the red pen out
Augusta is a serious course for serious players, win here and you have an invite for life. This eternal invitation does give the Masters field a special characteristic, the lower end of the pricing is filled with ageing champions who can no longer compete at this level. We do see the odd flash from Senior Tour dominators Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer, but outside of them the bottom end of the Fanteam pricing is a no-go zone. Unless you want to get seriously ‘differential’ we’d recommend staying away from the bottom nine names in the pricing. Some are past champions, others plucky amateurs, none of them will help your rosters.
2.Get 6 through the cut
The Masters has a much smaller field than a normal PGA Tour event, just 91 players at time of writing. After 2 rounds the top 50 and ties makes it through to the weekend. If you take our advice in point one above, you’ll have already crossed 9 players off your list, if we assume they’ll miss the cut it leaves us with at least 50/82 players making it through. With such a high percentage making the weekend it’s vital you do the same if you want to challenge for the top prizes. Therefore taking safer plays and less risky picks is very much the way to go this week.
3.Course form is king
Course form matters more at Augusta than virtually any other course on earth. Take a look at course history here and you’ll see some players love it, and some simply struggle each and every time. Go after those who love Augusta, and if taking debutantes try to find ones with similar games to past Masters champions.
4.Beware the injured golfers
Augusta is a seriously demanding course to walk and play, its humps and hollows make for 4 gruelling days.We can’t rule out players who aren’t 100% fit, after all Tony Finau dislocated his ankle on the eve of the tournament in 2018 then still came 4th, but we should be cautious here. Tiger Woods is the most obvious one to be wary of, having returned from a year out following a horrific car accident. Daniel Berger, Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama are other high profile names with recent injury absences.
5.Target the Par 5s
Augusta’s Par 5s are generally where the scoring is done. You better make sure your players are long enough to hit the greens in two, giving them ample birdie opportunities on the long holes. This changes if there’s wet weather about, as players can then stick third shot wedges tight to the hole, but generally your guys need to be bombing it out there. Visit Fantasy National or the PGA Tour website to see which players love to take Par 5s apart.
6. You can’t take everyone!
With all the top players in the world making the journey to Augusta, it’s super-difficult to narrow down your player pool if you like to enter multiple teams. However, it must be done! Picking too wide a selection of players massively limits the amount of teams you’ll get into the prizes, as for every one that succeeds others will fail. Our advice is pick a small group of players, and stick to them, especially in such a small field.
7. Beware the Masters jinx!
Each year the Masters hold a ‘fun for the family’ Par 3 contest on the eve of the tournament. Thinking of watching this to spot golfers in form? Don’t! Most players don’t take it too seriously, and there’s one big jinx to be wary of. No player has ever won the Par 3 contest, then gone on to win the Masters in the same week. In fact only two players have ever won both over their entire careers!
8. Be hesitant with debutantes
Only one man has won the Masters on debut in the modern era, that honour belonging to Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. There have been a number of strong first appearances recently, most notably Will Zalatoris in 2nd last year, but still only one debut winner. However, we’ve seen three recent Masters winners conquer Augusta on their second try – Jordan Spieth, Charl Schwartzel and Danny Willett.
9. Recent form MATTERS
Augusta can be a cruel mistress for players not at the top of their game. Rarely do we see an out of sorts player contend, unless they happen to be a ‘course horse’ as mentioned in point 3 above. Augusta is a place to bring your A game to, not a place to find it
10. Above all else – have fun!
We here at Fanteam Golf may be biassed, but we strongly believe the Masters viewing experience is unparalleled. Pick the players you like to cheer for, sit back, and enjoy 4 days of truly stunning visuals from Augusta. Your TV will thank you for it, and hopefully your bank balance will too!
The Masters brings us our first ever golf monster and we could not be more excited. This week’s contest has a €20 buy-in with a €20,000 prize pool.
€2 entry – Masters Mini-Main Event – €1,500 GTD – 7th April – 10th April
€2 entry – Masters Round 2 – €750 GTD – 8th April
€2 entry – Masters Round 3 – €750 GTD – 9th April
€2 entry – Masters Round 4 – €750 GTD – 10th April
The Fanteam Golf Crew
*stat images courtesy of Fantasy National Golf Club. Use fantasynational.com/FANTEAM for 20% off all memberships