It’s finally here! The 2019 Masters Tournament is upon us and everyone can’t wait until Thursday morning. Not only is the Masters the first Major of the year but it is also arguably the most prestigious golf tournament in the entire world. DraftKings has some huge contests this week, including the first Millionaire Maker of the year for PGA. The Masters is an exclusive, small field so we really want to try and find any possible edge we can this week. Let’s dig a little deeper into the 2019 Masters!
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Augusta National Golf Club opened in 1933 and has been hosting the Masters since 1934. This difficult Par 72 has been lengthened over the years and sits just shy of 7,500 yards now. Augusta National is arguably the most famous golf course in the world. Some are older, some have hosted more tournaments but none are as prestigious as Augusta. The course plays longer than its scorecard yardage and the greens are lightning fast. The greens will run above 13 on the stimpmeter, leading to more 3 putts than usual. The fairways are easy to hit but can slope severely which sets up difficult and long approach shots. Reaching double digit under par is an impressive feat and the winning score is often in the single digits. The average cut at Augusta is +3. Experience at Augusta seems to play a factor more than any other course, leading to Masters rookies usually struggling a bit.
Last year Augusta played as the 7th toughest course on Tour, playing almost a full stroke over par. The fairways and rough are Bermuda Grass over seeded with Rye. These fairways are generally pretty wide and there is almost no rough on the golf course. However if players spray the ball too far off the tee then they’ll find pine-straw and trees. Being in the right area of the fairway is also crucial here as the players will only be able to attack certain flags from certain spots on the fairway.
The greens at Augusta are average size but are some of the quickest in the world. Although the greens are average size they are broken up by massive undulations into quadrants that the players must hit to have a chance to make putts. Many times it is better to miss the green in a certain spot than hit the green far away from the pin. This is where course knowledge and experience really comes into play.
Overall Augusta is a great track that is both difficult and fair to the players. In order to contend this week players will need to bring their A game across the board.