Coming up with the winning team at DraftKings in the Millionaire Maker will be a tall task. We all think a top golfer will win at Augusta with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson drawing the most interest. Here’s a look at the last 10 Masters winners and their winning scores:
- 2016 Danny Willett (-5)
- 2015 Jordan Spieth (-18)
- 2014 Bubba Watson (-8)
- 2013 Adam Scott (-9)
- 2012 Bubba Watson (-10)
- 2011 Charl Schwartzel (-14)
- 2010 Phil Mickelson (-16)
- 2009 Angel Cabrera (-12)
- 2008 Trevor Immelman (-8)
- 2007 Zach Johnson (+1)
It seems crazy to see no Tiger Woods on this list. His last major win came in 2008. Tiger only has two seasons of value since 2009. They came in 2012 (three wins with $6.13 million in winnings) and 2013 (five wins and $8.55 million in winnings). Woods will not play in this year’s event.
It’s going to be extremely tough to get off of Dustin Johnson at this year’s Masters team. He’s improved in his last two trips to Augusta (2015 – 6th and 2016 – 4th) plus he’s won his last three events on the PGA Tour. Other than a missed cut in late January, Johnson placed in the top 10 in his last nine completed events with four wins. Over his last 16 tournaments, Dustin has six wins with eight other top 10s. His game has reached a higher level over the last year, and he should be the favorite in 2017.
I know Jordan Spieth has the best resume at Augusta (2nd, 1st, and 2nd) in his three chances, but his game doesn’t look as sharp. Over his first four events in 2016, Jordan picked up a win with four other top 10s. He missed the cut for the first time in 20 events last week at the Houston Open when he shot 77 in the second round. Just like many other top pros, he appeared to be mailing it in so he could get to Augusta earlier. In his three previous events, Spieth placed 22nd, 12th, and 30th.
I don’t believe a Fantasy owner can write off Rory McIlroy either. He has two wins in his last six events on the PGA Tour with two other top 10s. Rory had a late start to the year in 2017 due to a rib issue. In his three events in March, he finished 7th, 4th, and 30th. He’s been in the top 10 in each of his last three Masters. McIlroy is going to win a green jacket at some point in his career, and he could be a must lower percentage own in 2017.
Now, if I try to build a roster at DraftKings with Dustin Johnson ($11,300) and Jordan Spieth ($11,500), I’m going to have $6,800 in remaining salary per player to finish my roster. Based on my research done for the 2017 Master Cheat Sheet, here are the best options to build my roster:
Russell Henley ($7,200) – coming off a win with improvement in his last two Masters.
Lee Westwood ($7,200) – Long resume of success at the Masters, but he doesn’t have a win.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($7,200) – Improving young players, but he must prove his game at the major events.
Charlie Hoffman ($7,100) – questionable putter, but he’s played well enough at Augusta while trending upward in his last couple of events.
I can only use one of these players to add to a Johnson/Spieth team. By using a $7,200 player, I’ll have $20,000 in remaining salary for three players ($6,666 each).
With this in mind, I need to “box” my last three slots on my roster. The players in play for me under $7,000 are:
Adam Hadwin ($6,900) – playing his best golf of his career pointing to him being a higher percentage own in his first Masters. By rostering him, I have $13,100 for my last two roster slots.
Francesco Molinari ($6,800) – solid Euro player with improving success in the US in 2017. More of a top 15 option than a chance at a title.
Soren Kjeldsen ($6,500) – short hitter who played well in 2016 (7th). Possible trap, but worth boxing at the backend.
Sean O’Hair ($6,500) – his game appears to be returning plus he’s done enough at the Master to warrant a swing.
The only other low options will be two old timers with success at the Masters (Bernhard Langer - $6,400 and Fred Couples - $6,300).
In my opinion, the winning team at DraftKings will have two of the top three salaried players plus one player with a price point of $7,000 to $7,500. The last three golfers will have a combined salary of $20,500 or less.
I’d love to put in a bunch of teams, but I don’t have a big enough bankroll. Therefore, I’m going to single Johnson, Spieth, Westwood, and Molinari. This will allow me to box four golfers in the 5/6 slots plus add three other teams. My range at the backend will be extremely narrow as I only have $13,200 in salary.