After the strangest of years, which saw the Masters held in the fall, normalcy returns to the world. The world’s best golfers head to Augusta this week to watch the azaleas bloom and to play a few rounds on the 7,435-yard, par 72 course. If only DFS was so easy as picking any of the elite players for our lineups. We will have to dive deep into the roster pool to formulate a roster, but fortunately, some golfers with past success at the Masters feature cheap salaries.
Consider these five players this week.
Patrick Cantlay ($9,800 on DraftKings, $11,100 on FanDuel)
Some DFS forum posters jokingly call him “can’t play,” but the nickname certainly comes with some irony. Cantlay has proven a solid and consistent performer in his short career. He’s certainly showed success during the 2020-21 season, making nine of 10 cuts with four top 10s and a win in that span. In four trips to the Masters, Cantlay made the cut three times and held a share of the lead on Sunday in 2019 before finishing in a tie for ninth.
Jordan Spieth ($9,400 on DK, $10,900 on FD)
A year ago, you wouldn’t want to touch Spieth in DFS, but now he’s on a hot streak with four, top-four finishes in his past six starts, including a win at the Valero Texas Open last week. His Masters record is stellar: no missed cuts in seven starts, including a win, two ties for second, and a third.
Adam Scott ($7,600 on DK, $9,600 on FD)
Speaking of past Masters champions, Scott has been Mr. Consistent so far this season, not missing a single cut in 10 tournaments. That stretch includes a 34th in last year’s Masters and just one top 10, but at this salary level, we can live with a middling finish.
Louis Oosthuizen ($7,300 on DK, $9,300 on FD)
In recent years, it seemed every time you looked at a Masters leaderboard, Oosthuizen was hanging around and in contention. He’s placed inside the top 30 in seven of his past nine appearances, with his best finish in the runner-up spot in 2012. The South African has played well lately, finishing inside the top 30 in three of his past four starts, including a sixth at the Workday Championship in February.
Will Zalatoris ($7,300 on DK, $9,200 on FD)
There’s an adage that Masters rookies tend to fall on their proverbial faces, but Zalatoris might just have the stuff to dispel that theory. He’s finished in the top 10 an incredible 15 times in just 29 PGA Tour starts. He also missed just one cut in those tournaments. Certainly, the upside at this lower salary level demands a closer look.