Welcome to Weekend Golf! The scoring from this slate will encompass only the last two rounds of play (i.e. Saturday and Sunday) and only those players who have made the cut will be eligible for scoring. There are no placement points, so our selections will all be based on in-round scoring potential (birdies, eagles, etc.) and bonuses. For a full scoring breakdown, click here.
Jordan Spieth ($10,100) – Spieth currently has the best average career scoring record at Augusta of anyone in this field. Outside of a quad bogey he made at 15 on day one, Spieth has been great in this year’s tournament and could easily be leading if not for that one error. He’s not used to being the chaser at this event, as he’s generally been near or in the lead at this point during the past three years, but the fact he’s four back to start the round will mean he should be aggressive on the weekend. A low round or even two is possible, and it would not shock me if he led all weekend golfers in birdies.
Hideki Matsuyama ($9,700) – Matsuyama looked out of things early in the golf tournament, but you have to love the fact he rebounded with a solid two under par on Friday to remain semi-close to the leaders. Even if Hideki doesn’t win the tournament, a big weekend could be in store as he’ll get to go out a little earlier than most of the big names and hopefully be firing at flags as he tries to make up ground. In a similar spot after the cut in 2015, Hideki closed with his best round ever at Augusta, a six under 66, so we know the potential for a big round is there.
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,400) – Oosthuizen is a man who knows how to brush off a bad start in majors. At the U.S. Open in 2015 he opened with a 77, but then followed that up by playing the rest of the week at 11 under par. Last year at this event he shot his best two rounds (consecutive 71’s) on Saturday and Sunday. A nice climb up the leaderboard for Oosthuizen and lots of birdies is certainly possible this weekend.
J.B. Holmes ($7,800) – Holmes is an ideal weekend golf candidate. He’s ranked significantly better in round three and four scoring (34th) than he has for the year in the first two rounds of play. In fact, in four of the last five tournaments that Holmes has played — where he’s made the cut — his best rounds of the tournament came on Saturday or Sunday. Holmes also closed this tournament last year with a strong 68 and will get an early tee time Saturday in hopefully benign conditions.
Bernd Wiesberger ($7,500) – Wiesberger has now made the cut at Augusta three years in a row. He battled hard on Friday and was two under at one point in his round before a double bogey set him back. Still, you have to like that he was being aggressive, and I expect you’ll see lots of the same from Wiesberger this weekend. With no pressure and an early tee time, his experience could lead to a bunch of birdies.
Emiliano Grillo ($7,500) – I really like this spot for Grillo to put up a big weekend for fantasy purposes. He was seven over after round one but battled hard on Friday and shot two under in tough conditions, one of the best rounds of the day. Now he’ll get an early tee time and be able to fire at pins all weekend as he tries to make his way up the leaderboard. Grillo finished a solid T17 at Augusta last season and had his best round of the week on Sunday… there’s definitely potential here for a big weekend.
Byeong-Hun An ($7,600) – This will be An’s first made cut at the Masters in three appearances. While that doesn’t sound like a great history to target, you have to love the fact he battled hard on Friday to make the cut by birdieing two of the last five holes. An should be playing without any pressure now that he’s finally made it to Saturday here. He’s a player that could easily pile up a bunch of birdies on this course, and I expect him to go relatively overlooked in GPPs.
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