There will be fewer azaleas to dazzle the eyes and there will be no roars from the patrons. But it is still The Masters, even if we are heading into winter in November, instead of out of it in April. How will a fall Masters effect the course and the players, who are accustom to coming down Magnolia Lane when everything is in bloom?
If you listen to the experts, they think the course will play a lot longer in the fall, given the slightly cooler air and the fact that they water the course pretty heavy to deal with the hot Georgia summers and to grow the rye grass overseed on the bermuda grass (started in September) It has been raining early in the week, and the course is expected to be wet, but the temperatures should be similar to an April Masters. The bermuda/rye mix (typically the rye grass overgrows to that brilliant green everywhere in April) could present challenges in spots as the fairways will not be as thick. At the end of the day, The Masters ultimately comes down to who is putting the best on those pristine bent grass greens. The SubAir system that controls the temperature and moisture of the greens should have them rolling just like everyone remembers them. Put away the fit bit and smart watches. The only movement that will be made for the next four days will be to the fridge and on the leaderboard.
So who will win this fall classic at a wetter, longer Augusta? Here is our top-3 picks to take home the green jacket as well as our best daily fantasy line-up (Fan-Duel)
Bryson DeChambeau (+800) When you hear a course is playing long, the first name that comes to mind this year is BDC. He has been overpowering golf courses in 2020 since packing on the pounds and muscle and taking a ‘just swing as hard you f*&%ing can” approach to driving the ball. This served him well in winning the US Open by 6 strokes at Winged Foot in September. And there is a lot less rough and trouble around Augusta National.
Patrick Reed (+3000) No, he is not the longest hitter out there. In fact, he is one of the shorter hitters by average (289.4 yards so gar in 2021). BUT the man can roll the ball about as good as anybody. And he knows his way around Augusta, as his win in 2018 proves. If it is going to be won off the tee you got that guy^^^. If it is going to be won on the green, you got this guy<<<. And we know he will do ANYTHING to win;).
Tony Finau (+3000) He has got the length and he has had success at The Masters the last 2 years (2019 T5 (-11). 2018 T10 (-7). He also has 7 top 10 finishes in majors since 2018. The rub on Finau, is maybe he can’t finish. Well, I don’t buy it. And if you do, well perhaps no fans will take just that little bit of pressure off and get him from top-10 to T-1 and a green jacket.
I need cash now long shot picks:
Louis Oosthuizen (+6500) Few stripe the ball better than Oosty.
Phil Mickelson (+7500) Sure he is 50, but he still hits BOMBS. And he has 3 green jackets.
Marc Leishman (+20000) Hard to find a better bet on someone who is ranked 26th in the World
FanDuel Fantasy Golf Lineup: These tournaments are not necessarily about picking the winner, but picking the guys who will get a bunch of birdies. $60,000 salary cap to pick 6 golfers.
Bryson DeChambeau $12,100. Pricey, but gotta have him. Even if he doesn’t win you know he will be swinging for the fences.
Tony Finau $10,400 A steal at this price with the number of birdies this guy has made around here the last two year.
Bubba Watson $10,000 Two time Masters champ who is long and can throw up a big points when he gets hot.
Louis Oosthuizen $9,600 Steady as they come and had 4 straight top 10’s earlier in the year.
Jason Kokrak $9,000 If you want to win the big ones, you gotta have a couple different low percentage faces. This face can make birdies in bunches.
Cameron Smith $8,700 He has made every cut in 4 events in 2020 and he has made 4 eagles and 69 birdies in those 16 rounds. That sounds pretty good here.
Enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend. If the weather is nice where you are, bring the TV outside, light a fire, get a cooler of beer and make yourself some pimento cheese sandwiches. Here is the recipe. https://intentionalhospitality.com/masters-pimento-cheese-recipe/