2020 PGA DFS Masters DraftKings Picks: 40 Is The New 20

by Mark Strausberg
2023 Masters: Five Golfers To Fade

As I was putting together my 2020 PGA DFS Masters DraftKings Picks, it occurred to me that youth is wasted on the young....sometimes. Those making their Masters debuts might finish in the top ten, but the last time a first-timer actually won at Augusta was 1979 when Fuzzy Zoeller took the green jacket.

I understand the "bright shiny objects" that are young guns like Colin Morikawa can be very tempting. However, as this is Morikawa's first time playing the Masters, I'm going to save a little salary and select some of the cheaper and far older options. It's similar to what I have done before, but a little different.

There are some old-timers like Freddy Couples who seems to always play well at Augusta, but we are not discussing anyone who regularly plays on the Champions (aka Senior) Tour. Instead, we will focus on the sweet spot in between.

Since Zoeller was the last debutante to win about 40 years ago, that will be our line for this piece. Any player 40 years of and over, but not on the Champions tour, will be our focus.

Let's start with the most obvious one: Tiger Woods. He always plays well at the Masters, so you can never count him out. He is after all the defending champion. Yet that might be the one bright spot for Woods recently.

He finished a disappointing 72nd most recently at the ZOZO Championship and missed the cut at the US Open back in September. His best finish in the last six months was aT37 at the PGA Championship. DraftKings has him priced more than $1500 too high in my opinion. I might have a share or two of him "just for fun", but he will not be in any of my higher dollar entries.

Which is one other "rule" for my 2020 Masters DFS recommendations below. Every one of the players below I think can either win it or provides us with a good value. Here are some options that I like born before the Regan administration.

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Matt Kuchar ($7200)

Kuchar is not going to win this week. However, if you are looking for a cut maker for Augusta, he should be on your shortlist. He always plays Augusta well. Perhaps its because the locals love him because he went to nearby Georgia Tech. He will be without the "home crowd" this week, but his familiarity with this course is right there with Mr. Woods.

Kuchar played less this year than he usually does, but he is coming in off a streak of three straight made cuts. He will make it four.

But you know who has won the Masters? Bubba Watson.

Bubba Watson ($9000)

There are some very nice converging trends here. First off, Watson is a two-time Masters Champion. Even when he's coming in a little lackluster, he still does well as his T12 and T5 attest. But the second good trend is that he's not coming in lackluster. He is coming off two straight top-10s including a T4 at the ZOZO Championship.

Third, the stats tell a decent picture as well. He could be putting better, but Watson is second in the Masters field in Shots Gained Tee to Green and Shots Gained: Ball Striking over the last 24 rounds.

Wait, we are not done. He is also inside the top-five in SG: OTT and Approach.

Plus, we know Bubba has the power to win on this course and is currently 30th in driving distance. If he can get the flat stick under control, he could be looking at a third green jacket.

Plus, it would be a nice way to finish out his birthday month...


But if his price is a little much for you, there's another former winner who I like that comes far cheaper, Zach Johnson.

Zach Johnson ($6800)

The concern with Johnson is he doesn't have the power off the tee that not only many of the young bombers have, but even some of his fellow 40-year olds. However, Augusta requires knowledge of its nuances and as a previous winner, Johnson has that in spades. ZJ had a horrendous 2019 but has been playing some extremely good golf this year.

He's currently 16th on Tour in Greens in Regulation and a strong 37th in SG: Total. He has four Top-20s in the last four months, including a T8 at the U.S. Open.

I love his value at this price. But if you want another 40+ value play that hasn't won at Augusta, try Lee Westwood.

Lee Westwood ($7200)

So Westwood has never actually won at Augusta, but he has an absolutely sparkling Masters record. He's made 11 Masters cuts in a row. He hasn't played since his T18 in 2017, but I'm not worried. He finish second in 2016 and that was his second time doing so. Not only does he have the two second-place finishes, but he has six top tens and nine top 20s at Augusta.

Furthermore, unlike some of the other names on this list he also has a tourney win this year when he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship earlier this year. He has also done just fine here on American soil including a T13 at the US Open recently. Westwood might be more expensive than ZJ, but might actually be a better value.

Ian Poulter ($7000)

I'll give you one more cheap value play, who currently sits between Westwood and ZJ. "Poultry" is another golfer that has just a handful of PGA tournament victories, yet remains the "Cock-of-the-walk" (okay, I'm done with the chicken references) when it comes to the Masters. He refused to go away last year and finished T-12, which was his eighth career Top-25 at ANGC.

He doesn't have the streak that Westwood has, but has missed just one cut in 14 career starts at the Masters. Poulter obviously loves this course:


But he's more than just a horse for the course. He has back-to-back top tens (T6 and a 5th) across the pond before coming stateside where he posted another Top 20 (T12) at the recent CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. I don't see him winning this week, but I do like his value. But there is one more golfer in his 40s who I do really like this week, who barely makes our age cut and that is Adam Scott.

Adam Scott ($8900)

I'm not going to bury the lead: Scott is #15 in OWGR (Overall World Golf Ranking). At sub-$9K, he's likely a golfer you want to get in your lineup. And that ranking is even more impressive given how little Scott has played this year. He delayed his return after the restart and then still ended up testing positive before last month's ZOZO championship.

However, when Scott has played, he's been solid. He notched a T22 at the PGA Championship and  T38 at the US Open. He looked "a'-ight" last week at the Vivant Houston Open where he finished 32nd.

He's not coming in scorching hot, but with his Masters history, I'm not concerned. He won in 2013, had a runner-up in 2011 and has an additional six top 20s while making the cut 16 out of 18 times.

Furthermore, I like his statistical make-up. He's 11th in scoring average and 7th in Driving Distance. His ceiling is obviously another win but a Top-20 is tremendously more likely. Even if he slips a little lower, I'll take that at this price.

I would not recommend using all six of these golfers in an entry, but you certainly could. But like my typical picks, I'd bet on at least some of these 2020 Masters DFS recommendations, even though they're older than the average, to connect!


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