2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament FanDuel Picks

by Tyler Marling
2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament FanDuel Picks

The beginning of this week every year drags on like Christmas week does for children. The Masters Tournament is finally less than two days away! I'm hopeful my 2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament FanDuel picks will live up to the hype just as the actual tournament does each year.

The Masters is the only major tournament that is played at the same golf course each year. Augusta National Golf Club is again the host and it is the pinnacle of golf courses.

Over the years, Augusta National has been lengthened and it is currently playing at 7,475 yards. Though the length is becoming a bigger factor each year at this event, a good short game is a necessity. Augusta National is home to some of the trickiest green complexes in the world and they are blazing fast for the Masters Tournament.

The top five favorites to Win at Augusta per Sports Betting Dime are listed as follow, starting with Jon Rahm (+1000), Justin Thomas (+1400), Dustin Johnson (+1600), Cameron Smith (+1600) and Scottie Scheffler (+1600).

For this week's 2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament FanDuel picks, I'll be focusing on strokes gained: putting, strokes gained: approach, and supplementing those with strokes gained: tee-to-green.

2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament FanDuel Picks

Russell Henley - $9,000

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With my first selection, I'm going with Russell Henley. Henley has had a fantastic year and has made the cut in all 11 events he has entered this season with two top 10s and a runner-up at the Sony Open.

Henley also nails all two of my three key indicators this week and shows solid in strokes gained: putting, at 66th. He is seventh in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Even more impressive, Henley is first in strokes gained: approach-the-green and

The ball striking that he has shown this year should allow Henley ample opportunity to make birdies this week.

Henley has played in the Masters Tournament six times in his career. He has made the cut in four of his six tries and has a high finish of T-11th in 2017. Henley is decently priced for someone who hits the ball as well as he does and for someone who has shown decent play at Augusta National.

Corey Conners - $9,300

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Connors missed three out of four cuts from the end of January to the end of February. However, he has rebounded nicely. He's now made the cut in each of his last three events, plus he finished third in the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play event.

Conners is a lot like Henley. He nails two of my key indicators this week and is iffy in the other. He currently resides at 104th in strokes gained: putting.

However, Conners is 44th in strokes gained: approach-the-green and 14th in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Conners is a very good ball-striker, which again, like Henley, will give him ample opportunity at birdie.

Conners has seen Augusta National a few times. He missed the cut in his first appearance in 2015. However, he has made the cut in each of the last three seasons and finished in the top-10 in each of the last two years. His high finish came last season when he was T-8th.

I like Conners as a sneaky win bet and really like him as a first-round leader as well.

Tyrrell Hatton - $9,500

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Firey Englishman Tyrrell Hatton is in as good of form as anyone not named Scottie Scheffler (who I am fading this week) currently. Hatton didn't play in his first PGA Tour event in 2022 until playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitation in early March. He finished T2nd in that event. Hatton then followed it up by playing in each of the next three events.

He finished T13th at THE PLAYERS Championship, T21st at the Valspar Championship, and he made it out of his group and finished T9 at the Match Play event.

Hatton shows slightly above average in two key indicators. However, he is first in strokes gained: putting this season. He currently sits in 61st in strokes gained: approach the green and 63rd in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

Hatton has been just OK at the Masters. He has made the cut three out of five tries and has a career-best finish of T18th in 2021. The way he has been rolling the rock this year however gives him a chance to contend for his first major.

Matthew Fitzpatrick - $9,600

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I'm getting back on the Matthew Fitzpatrick train this week. The young Englishman is turning into one of the most well-rounded players on the PGA Tour. It just feels like it's a matter of time before he's finally in the winner's circle.

As it currently stands, Fitzpatrick is in great form. Though he missed the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship, a lot of the reasoning for that was due to the fact that he got the poor draw from a weather standpoint. After that missed cut, Fitzpatrick finished T5th at the Valspar, and just missed getting out of his group at the Match Play event.

He also nails all three key indicators for the week. Fitzpatrick is currently 20th in strokes gained: putting. He is 14th in strokes gained: approach the green. Lastly, he is fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

Fitzpatrick gets along decently with Augusta National. He missed the cut on his first try in 2014 at the ripe age of 19. Yet he has made the cut in each of his last six appearances. However, he has only one top-20,  finishing T-7th in 2016.

Fitzpatrick is another guy I like to make a run at hosting the champions' dinner next April.

Xander Schauffele - $11,000

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Xander Schauffele is due for a breakthrough in a major. Like Fitzpatrick, Schauffele is in great form but also was screwed by the weather at THE PLAYERS Championship. He ended up missing the cut. It is his only missed cut this season.

He shows very solidly in my three key indicators this week. He currently sits in 64th in strokes gained: putting. Schauffele is 38th in strokes gained: approach the green. Lastly, he is 16th in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

The young California native must love the azaleas and magnolias around Augusta National Golf Club. He has played this tournament four times and made the cut each time. He has finished T50th, T2nd, T17th, and T3rd.

Full disclosure: I initially had Patrick Cantlay in this spot but didn't like his numbers compared to Schauffele in the three key indicators for this week and I also didn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling about his 79-73 missed cut last year.

Cameron Smith - $11,200

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Our anchor this week is budding Australian superstar, Cameron Smith. The young man from "Down Under" is having a fantastic season with two wins and is THE PLAYERS champion. He is one of the favorites to win this week trailing close behind Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler at most sportsbooks.

I can see why. It's hard to pass on Smith at a relatively reasonable price point in DFS when you look at his numbers, especially in my three key indicators. Smith has the reputation as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour and he's backing that up. He currently sits in third in strokes gained: putting.

But this is no one-trick pony. Smith is eighth on Tour in strokes gained: approach the green and 18th in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

Smith is turning into one of the best players on Tour; if he isn't already there.

Augusta National has also treated him very well. Smith has entered the event five times. He made the cut each time with his worst finish coming in his first attempt at T55th. He followed it up in 2018 with a T-5th followed by a T-51st, a T-2nd, and a T-10th last year.

Smith is in a prime position to have his first interview from the Butler Cabin on Sunday evening.

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