Our 2016 DraftKings Millionaire Maker Picks
Winning at the Masters isn’t much different than winning anywhere else in golf… You have to score on the par 5’s and avoid mistakes everywhere else. Holes 2, 8, 13, and 15 are par 5’s, if you can average near -1 on them through 4 days and just play par golf everywhere else you’re leaving in a green jacket.
So what stats are we looking at then? Well there are a few to keep in mind, par 5 birdies or better, bogey avoidance, and of course all-around putting and greens-in-regulation. On this course, the best golfers in the world play the best golf, and experience and course history tend to play a role more than any other majors course.
Let’s take a look at our top DraftKings picks for the 2016 Masters tournament. Keep in mind that your goal in PGA contests should be rostering 6 guys that will not only make the cut, but have realistic top 20 potential. This means you can’t afford to punt, and probably won’t be able to play Fowler and Day or any other combination of top 10 players.
DraftKings Price: $11,600
Day is our pick to win, so you will obviously find him in our DraftKings picks. He’s playing the best of the big 3, has 2 top 10’s in his last 5 starts, and 2 top 5’s in his last 5 Masters starts. Day and Spieth will be towards the top of the pack this week, because they know how to play this course as well or better than anyone in contention this year. At +590, he’s a solid DraftKings play, but a lousy bet and Vegas’ clear favorite.
DraftKings Price: $10,900
When you just look at numbers, everything points to Rickie. He’s playing phenomenal golf, his stats are off the charts (2nd in GIR, 3rd in strokes gained, 3rd in scoring average, 7th in birdie average, 1st all-around), his putting has been much better this season, and he’s due. At +1550, he’s our favorite bet to win this weekend.
DraftKings Price: $8,800
Patrick Reed is certainly a value pick at $8,800… The number 10 golfer in the world, Reed was shredding through the field at Dell Match play, before slipping up against DJ. As is the case with many consistent major contenders, Reed doesn’t jump off the page in any one statistical category, but is always on the leaderboard. This season alone, he has 7 top 10 finishes in 11 starts.
DraftKings Price: $7,500
Haas is my favorite long-shot bet of the week at 110/1. He has 4 top 10 finishes in 9 starts this season, and seems to have retooled his game to make a run at a Masters championship. Haas has changed the way he approaches a golf tournament and it’s shown with one of the best runs of his career. He’s made the cut in 6 straight years, and finished in the top 20 3 years in a row.
DraftKings Price: $6,800
Another guy up over 100/1 that is looking to take home his first Masters despite a solid history at the course. Moore has looked great this season with 5 top 11 finishes in his last 8 starts, and has 3 top 15 career finishes at the Masters. Another golfer in this price range that we will be invested in and certainly be pulling for at the 2016 Masters is Bryson DeChambeau. While I know the amateur champion is capable of making the cut, I can’t recommend rostering him over a proven commodity like Ryan Moore.
Other golfers we are targeting at the Masters: Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Bryson DeChambeau