Yahoo Golf Talk: 2021 Masters Tournament

Josh Culp
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The 2021 Masters is ready to get underway at Augusta National Golf Club.

A field of 88 golfers will start the week with the top 50 and ties playing their way through the cutline.

For DFS purposes, we should expect a high percentage of 6-of-6 lineups. That means you need your golfers to add more than just a cut made this week, you need top 25s or higher to really contend in the big contests.

Let's jump into some stats to see if we can find some golfers with top-25 upside.

Bentgrass Putting

The greens at Augusta National are lightning-fast and feature bentgrass turf.

Let's see who has gained the most strokes putting per round, on bentgrass greens, over the last two years:

Brendon Todd
Jordan Spieth
Harris English
Kevin Na
Adam Scott
Ian Poulter
Patrick Reed
Stewart Cink
Victor Perez
Patrick Cantlay
Bryson DeChambeau
Kevin Kisner
Brian Harman
Jason Day
Zach Johnson

Stewart Cink ($20): Four of the names on this list already have a green jacket but Cink has settled for nine top 25s in 18 trips to the Masters. On top of his impressive bentgrass putting stats, he also arrives with positive strokes gained on approach in eight of his last nine measured rounds. Not bad for a minimum-salary option.

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Par-5 Course History

There aren't many scoring opportunities at Augusta National but the par 5s are the exception.

We could look at par-5 scoring in general but how about taking a specific look at historical performance here, instead?

Looking at each golfer's last 12 rounds played at Augusta National, these names have gained the most strokes over the field on the par 5s alone:

Charl Schwartzel
Brooks Koepka
Dustin Johnson
Tony Finau
Patrick Reed
Webb Simpson
Jon Rahm
Bubba Watson
Jordan Spieth
Ryan Palmer
Rory McIlroy
Cameron Smith
Matt Kuchar
Kevin Kisner
Matt Wallace

Wallace is the only name on the list to have fewer than 12 rounds played at ANGC. He has just six rounds under his belt so it's impressive to see him still make the list.

Jordan Spieth ($25): Whoops. Whether this is a product of pricing the field too early or just relying on longer-term stats to set the prices, this one looks out of place. Spieth found his way onto the par-5 scoring list and bentgrass putting list, despite playing through a slump during those time frames. He's going to be extremely popular at this price tag.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!