Fantasy Golf Picks and Predictions for the 2014 Masters Tournament April 10th – 13th, 2014
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It’s every Tour Pro and golf fan’s favorite time of the year: The Masters. With Tiger Woods sitting this tournament out (back injury), the spotlight has shifted to other notables such as Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Phil Mickelson. Some experts are already calling it “anyone’s tournament” this year, with hot young stars like Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker even taking a crack at history. And of course you can’t rule out guys like Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Jason Day as all the greats come into Augusta to accomplish one thing; to win the Green Jacket.
The weather will be great all week with no major threats to the event which will kick off with the inaugural Champion’s Dinner on Tuesday night, before the final practice rounds tee off on Wednesday. Here’s the full schedule of events to take place at Augusta National this week:
Monday April 7, 2014: Practice Round. Most players have been at Augusta National practicing since last week (if not playing in the Shell Houston Open). Media Day will continue with most players making their way up on the podium for pre-tournament interviews, discussing course conditions, and answering questions from the media.
Tuesday April 8, 2014: Practice Round. As warm-ups continue, the first and second tee times and pairings will be announced. The “Champion’s Dinner” will take place Tuesday evening as Adam Scott plans an Aussie-themed cuisine for his fellow champions. Although we know the dinner will feature an Australian cuisine, Scott has been keeping the specifics very quiet, mentioning only that dessert will consist of his mother’s recipe for pavlova (a meringue-based dessert). We’re giving 10/1 odds on a classic Aussie Surf N’ Turf…
Wednesday April 9, 2014: Final Practice Round and Par 3 Contest. The par 3 contest is a fun event that players partake in each year with their spouses and kids coming along as ceremonial caddies. Live coverage of this event will be broadcast at 3 pm on Masters.com and ESPN. What a great treat it is each year to see these guys going heads up (although Arnie will unfortunately be sidelined with an injury).
Thursday – Sunday April 10-13, 2014: The Tournament…of course!
Augusta National Golf Club measures in at 7,435 yards and plays as a par 72. Not much needs to be said here as Augusta National is easily one of the most famous and desired course on TOUR. The course layout was designed in 1930 by Bobby Jones with some help from Alistair Mackenzie.
Not only is Augusta National one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the world, it has also provided the stage for some of the best Sunday drama in the history of the PGA TOUR. For more on this be sure to check out our 10 Best Masters Moments here.
Augusta has expanded over the years with the total yardage increasing four times from 1999-2006, thus presenting an even greater challenge to today’s elite field. The course is lined with its signature magnolia trees and azaleas, and the gallery in attendance should be plentiful as usual, even despite Tiger’s absence.
Weather Forecast for Augusta, GA (from weather.com)
- Round 1: Thursday (April 10) 75 degrees, 0% chance of rain, sunny.
- Round 2: Friday (April 11) 78 degrees, 0% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
- Round 3: Saturday (April 12) 81 degrees, 10% chance of rain, mostly sunny.
- Round 4: Sunday (April 13) 83 degrees, 0% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
Adam Scott gave Australia its first green jacket after out-dueling Angel Cabrera in a playoff with a remarkable 12-foot birdie on the second playoff hole. Scott finished his 3-under 69 with three birdies in his final six holes, which included draining an 18-footer at No. 18. But the 2009 Masters champ answered right back with an approach that landed 3 feet from the hole, allowing him to easily sink the tying birdie. After both parring the first playoff hole (18th), the pair moved over to No. 10 as the rain came pouring down. Cabrera came within a breath of burying a 15-foot birdie which got hung up on the lip and came out. Scott followed up with the winning putt. The win was sweet relief for Scott who had blown up the year before at the Open Champion, giving the tournament away to Ernie Els (who we picked to win).
Watch the full recap of the 2013 playoff here:
- Television Broadcasts
- Thursday-Friday, 3:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Highlights show 11:30-11:45 pm (CBS).
- Saturday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CBS) & Sunday, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CBS)
- Radio Broadcasts
- Thursday- Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com).
- Mobile Broadcasts
It was another good week for our fantasy gurus as we totaled just under $1 million in total earnings, even though to our dismay Matt Kuchar choked in the end. If you remember back a few weeks ago we warned that after the Florida swing is traditionally when Matt Kuchar starts to heat up, and he did just that with a T4 at Valero Texas Open and solo 2nd a week later at the Shell Houston Open.
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Last Week’s Results: Top 5 Picks/Odds to Win the 2014 Shell Houston Open
- Dustin Johnson (Golficity Odds 12/1): WD ($0)
- Henrik Stenson (Golficity Odds 16/1): T54 ($14,656)
- Jordan Spieth (Golficity Odds 20/1): MC ($0)
- Matt Kuchar (Golficity Odds 22/1): Solo 2nd ($691,200)
- Rory McIlroy(Golficity Odds 28/1): T7 ($186, 240)
Last Week’s Results: Sleeper Picks/Odds to Win the 2014 Shell Houston Open
- Bill Haas (Golficity Odds 45/1): T37 (28,160)
- Charlie Hoffman (Golficity Odds 66/1): T37 (28,160)
Fantasy Golf Predictions Stats: Season to Date
- Total Fantasy Dollars: $15,734,465 (Average tournament winnings of $1,123,890).
- Winners picked: 3 winners selected out of 14 tournaments (21.42% winners picked in 2014).
- Top 10s: 36 out of 98 players picked (36.73% of players picked finished in Top 10).
- Top 3s: 11 out of 98 players picked (11.22% players picked finished in the Top 3).
- Missed Cuts: Only 10 out of 98 players (90% of the picks made the cut in 2014).
What are your fantasy picks and predictions for this week’s big 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National? Let us know by leaving your comments below.