The biggest week in golf has officially arrived and no one on planet Earth is as excited as Jim Nantz.
CBS is set to take over Butler Cabin while Chris Vernon is saying Amen at the Corner for the best weekend in golf. After a delay last year, The Masters returns to Augusta National for the original April date and fireworks should be in store for all of us golf fans this weekend.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 5, 2021
An excellent tournament with a stacked field is ready to roll. Can Dustin Johnson repeat? Will Jordan Spieth’s hot shooting continue? Will Sunday deliver the goods? These are all questions that will need to be answered over the next 72 holes.
Course layout, top advanced metrics to know and best bets are here for your consumption. Hit the music, CBS.
Second Shot Tournament
Augusta National is a Par 72 course that covers 7,475 yards. Last year, the course was very firm and led to Dustin Johnson posting a ridiculous final score of 20-under par as the future hall of farmer cruised to victory.
The move to the spring should make the track a little more difficult and there are thunderstorms in the forecast for both Friday and Saturday. Be ready for possible rain delays.
One thing that makes this tournament unique is that the players are not allowed to carry green books. Therefore, players who have played here multiple times have a significant advantage over their competitors due to their familiarity with the bentgrass greens. Keep this in mind when trying to find some winners.
Advanced Stat of the Week
Over the years, accuracy on approach usually plays out for the man wearing the green jacket. This week we will be looking at that plus the always helpful strokes gained from tee-to-green.
Justin Thomas leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach and ranks fifth in strokes gained tee-to-green. With three consecutive top-20 finishes at Augusta National, JT is worth consideration at +1150 to win this weekend according to Draft Kings.
When looking at the key metrics, Collin Morikawa ranks in the top-3 of both in 2021. The defending PGA Championship winner finished with a T-44 last year in his only appearance at The Masters. Figures to be just a matter of time before the 24-year-old is consistently contending in this tournament.
Oh, there’s Will Zalatoris again. The young phenom ranks in the top-five in both metrics and has seven top-30 finishes in eight starts this year. The Wake Forest product finished in the top-10 in last year’s U.S. Open and will be someone to keep an eye on this week playing in his first Masters Tournament.
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In recent times, the winner in this tournament is one of the best players in the world. When searching for winners, digging too deep down the board can be a mistake. However, value needs to be highly considered when making a winning selection.
Due to the quality of the tournament, there are plenty of high-caliber choices to select from.
Man, it is just hard to pass up on Morikawa. Ranking in the top-three of each metric and the young player already has a major in his trophy case plus a win at a WGC event. That is some big-time skins to have collected to this point in his career. The lack of experience at Augusta National is a worry, but at +3150 to win it is just too good to pass up.
As a top-10, Tony Finau has finished in this area in three of the last four majors and has two top-10 finishes in three starts at Augusta National. The top-15 golfer in the world ranks 12th in strokes gained approach this season. Lock the 31-year-old in at 3/1 to finish in the top-10.
If Justin Thomas wouldn’t have won The Players, he probably would’ve been the easy pick here. However, the odds say players just aren’t going to win two tournaments of that caliber in the same season more often not. However, he should still contend and has gotten better in each Masters performance. A green jacket is in the Kentucky native’s future, but it won’t happen in 2021. Lock Thomas in for a top-five finish at +275.
If you need something more, roll with Viktor Hovland (-120) over Matthew Fitzpatrick for a matchup play. Now we are all set and are officially waiting for our daily updates from Chris Vernon.
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