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PremierLeague-News.Com - Four golfers will carry your fantasy fate in their hands at Augusta this year, with limited opportunities for scoring
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Masters may be one of the most traditional events on the sporting calendar, largely unchanged in its ways since the 1950s, but even Augusta has now succumbed to the tidal wave that is fantasy sports.The organisers will this year run their own system, allowing fans to play for free for a top prize of Masters-branded stash worth just over $2,000 (£1,452).It doesn’t seem like a lot, especially with only the top three managers taking prizes as well as the four daily winners (each of whom will bag not one but TWO garden gnomes among other things), but doubtless millions of us will take part nevertheless. (You can sign up to the official site here.)i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.How it worksManagers have to assemble a roster of four golfers, one from each category. The categories are: First Timers (those playing in their first Masters as well as all the amateurs in the field), Past Champions (previous winners of the Masters), United States (American golfers) and International (non-American golfers). Players can appear in multiple categories – Dustin Johnson for example is both a previous winner and an American – but you can only select a golfer once. Read More Masters 2021: Bryson DeChambeau has a ‘secret club’ to dust off but it’s still just golf to Dustin Johnson You have to select all four before the first tee shot on Thursday (1pm UK time) and there is only really one opportunity for “transfers” in the game, which is after the second round.If one or more of your golfers is eliminated, i.e. misses the cut, then you are able to sub in someone who did make it through to the weekend – although by that point your chances of winning any prizes may already have vanished.ScoringSimply put, there are not many ways to score points in the official version of fantasy golf at the Masters. You pick up points for scores at individual holes, with a meagre five-point bonus (the equivalent of a solitary eagle) at the end of the tournament if you pick the overall winner.However, the way the points are weighted means you should be looking, if you end up in a toss-up between two players, at a more aggressive golfer than a conservative one, the reason being that 18 pars scores 0 points, but nine birdies and nine bogeys would get you nine points. Both golfers end the day on level par, but one is a more valuable fantasy asset than the other.Albatross: 8 pointsEagle: 5 pointsBirdie: 2 pointsPar: 0 pointsBogey: -1 pointDouble bogey or more: – 3 pointsPicked low amateur: 5 pointsPicked tournament champion: 5 pointsFirst TimersThere are only three professional debutants in the field this year, leaving you with a choice between them or one of the three amateurs. If you want to take one of the pros, we’re quite keen on American Will Zalatoris.
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. Only four players on the PGA Tour this year are higher on that metric than him this year.The amateurs are probably in for a tough time if it stays dry and fast, but if the one in three chance of a five-point bonus tempts you too much, US Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci is the favoured of the three.Past ChampionsThere are some *names* on this list as you might imagine, with Sandy Lyle, Freddie Couples and Bernhard Langer all using their exemptions to play Augusta again, but we couldn’t countenance picking any of them, even on emotional grounds.This selection probably comes down to whether you believe the Jordan Spieth hype or not, and frankly we do. No one has more birdies round Augusta than he does in the past five years and in a scoring system that favours guys who make birdies, even at the risk of the odd big number, he makes perfect sense.United StatesA huge number of people will not even be thinking about it before plumping for Bryson DeChambeau in this category, especially since he is not selectable anywhere else. His ultra-aggressive style and rumoured 4.5-degree driver make him a prime candidate for birdies and eagles, plus a knowledge of Augusta and vastly improved short game that should allow him to keep himself in the game even when his driver is wayward.If you don’t want to trust that though, you could do worse than picking Xander Schauffele, especially if the weather stays dry. Rain, as we saw in November, makes the course far less intimidating to those who aren’t able to shot-make the way someone like Schauffele can. The American finished second here in just his second professional appearance at the event with 25 birdies no less, and while his missed cut at the Players last time out may concern some, he also has three top-five finishes already in 2021 to suggest that was nothing more than an anomaly. InternationalJon Rahm pips Rory McIlroy to top spot in the betting for non-US players, but neither player is a particularly attractive option. Rahm has just become a father for the first time and more golf-adjacent news, changed every club in the bag including his ball over the winter, a seismic adjustment to his game. McIlroy meanwhile has a new coach, has had to rebuild his swing after trying to hit it like Bryson and even he doesn’t seem to think he will win his first Masters this week. Even the reborn Lee Westwood has played an awful lot of golf lately and says he didn’t feel he had much in his legs at The Players a couple of weeks ago.A case could be made for Matt Wallace, a Strokes Gained: Approach demon who finished third in Texas last week behind Spieth and Charley Hoffman, although he has only played six rounds at Augusta competitively (missing the cut on debut in 2019 and finishing 46th last year).If you want to stick to North America, Canada’s Corey Conners has a lot going for him, with four top-10s in his last 10 starts, and a top-10 finish at Augusta last year.
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