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PGA DFS: Augusta National Course Preview and Trends

We’re back to fake bird sound effects and Jim Nantz lulling you to sleep in the middle of the day because it’s Masters week!

As usual, we’re back at Augusta National for the tradition unlike any other. The course itself is a par 72 that plays 7,345 yards. We’re looking at bentgrass greens that run — typically — around 13 feet on the stimp. There are 41 bunkers and six water hazards that the field will need to contend with as they make their way around the track.

PAST WINNERS

Golfer Year Winning Score DraftKings Points
Patrick Reed 2018 -15 125
Sergio Garcia 2017 -9 101.5
Danny Willett 2016 -5 90.5
Jordan Spieth 2015 -18 126.5
Bubba Watson 2014 -8 102

OFF THE TEE

Since 2010, there have been 19 golfers to break the 100 DK-point barrier at Augusta. In that group, 14 of 19 (74 percent) golfers finished in the top 20 of driving distance compared to just ten (53 percent) that hit that threshold in driving accuracy. There have been 94 golfers that finished in the top 10 of the tournament over that same time frame. Nearly 60 percent of those golfers finished in the top 25 of driving distance compared to 48 percent that got to that ranking in driving accuracy. Long story short, there’s an advantage to having some distance off of the tee.

Driving Distance Rank (Last 24 Rounds) Golfer (Salary)
1 Bubba Watson ($8,800)
2 Rory McIlroy ($11,600)
3 Dustin Johnson ($11,300)
4 Jon Rahm ($10,000)
5 Kevin Tway ($6,400)
6 Brooks Koepka ($9,500)
7 Keith Mitchell ($6,800)
8 Phil Mickelson ($8,300)
9 Gary Woodland ($7,500)
10 Tommy Fleetwood ($9,200)

ON APPROACH

With no Strokes Gained data from previous years, we’re relying heavily on GIR numbers for this event. If we look at the golfers who broke the century mark, just one of 19 golfers (Dustin Johnson in 2015) hit 100-plus DK points while finishing worse than 21st in greens in regulation for the week. If you break it out to golfers that finished in the top 10 for the tournament, 69 of 94 (73 percent) finished inside of the top 20 in GIR.

GIR Rank (Last 24 Rounds) Golfer (Salary)
1 Rory McIlroy ($11,600)
2 Matt Kuchar ($7,900)
3 Charles Howell ($7,000)
4 Hideki Matsuyama ($8,700)
5 Dustin Johnson ($11,300)
6 Tiger Woods ($10,500)
7 Keegan Bradley ($7,000)
8 Tommy Fleetwood ($9,200)
9 Ian Poulter ($7,600)
10 Sergio Garcia ($7,700)

Note: All stat ranks are updated to the start of Valero. They will be updated when the tourney is over. 

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