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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:15

Fantasy Golf: Masters Edition

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Here it is, the greatest golf tournament in the world. If you don't get chills when you're hearing about Magnolia Lane, you clearly have never played 18 holes of golf. The Masters signals spring in the golf world and is topped off by a ceremonious Green Jacket award. From the news that I've heard of this week, Augusta National is in pristine condition, and the temperatures are hot. Every year the Masters Tournament brings an overwhelming amount of excitement to golf fans and sports fans alike. With Tiger Woods back on top of the golf world, it's only fitting that he will be the lead dog this weekend. As many fantasy golf enthusiasts and betting patrons will be choosing Tiger Woods as their champion, it will be important to have a good run down of the opposite side of the field, as well as players that could make for a Sunday run.


Before I start naming players that you may have never heard about, or others that you may believe are retired, I will start by posting my Fantasy Foursome. A key thing to remember here is that I am doing this with no restrictions, as it would be impossible to pick all four of these players to paly on your fantasy team under a roster restriction.


Tiger Woods: Always a favorite at Augusta, the #1 Player in the world, and has his game hitting on all cylinders. He's my number (R)1 (Taylormade reference).


Phil Mickelson: He is always a front-runner in any major, but this one is especially special. Three things that will always draw me in to Phil are the fact that we share the same name, both play left-handed, and his short game is one of (if not) the best in the world.

Justin Rose: Time to add some green to his last name? Rose has been lights out in the past year and is coming in to the Masters after a 3 week lay-off where he has been studying the Masters and Augusta like it's a final in University. Should be fired up to be back in the middle of competition.


Rory McIlroy: The kid is just looking good. He has his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki on his bag in the Par-3 competition on Wednesday, and is looking extremely confident and poised. This almost has a Tiger feel to it as McIlroy is finding his swing again and is on the prowl.


*Now to the fun stuff, picking the diamonds out of the rough, finding that value in the back 9 players...


George Coetzee: This 26 year old South African golfer is one of my favourite European golfers. His last two tournaments haven't been impressive, but he still made the cut. Coetzee is my favourite deep pick this week at Augusta.


Matteo Manassero: This crafty Italien is playing in his first Masters since his Amateur debut three years ago at the ago of 16. Manassero is a fire cracker and he has 3 wins on the European tour. He could shock the world if he can handle the nerves as a young pro.


Jamie Donaldson: He is a fun story simply because of how he has been practicing for his first ever Masters appearance. He has been practicing by playing Tiger Woods 14 on his Xbox Kinect. He has been forced to take his practice indoors as it has been snowing around his home town, so no better way to learn the course than to play a virtual round! He is as much of a deep horse as any, but he has a story that wouldn't be forgotten.


Henrik Stenson: He may not be as deep as most others, but his name can easily be skipped over as the field for this tournament is deep, to say the least. Stenson lead the first round of the Masters last year and has two 17th place finishes back-to-back in 07/08.


Graeme McDowell: Admitted earlier today that this may be the first year that he genuinely believes that he has tailored his game to fit the Masters. This only goes to show how important this tournament is to golfers. McDowell, a former US Open Champion, has the poise to make a run at a Green Jacket.


Bill Haas: Haas has flown under radar this season, and in a field full of the top tier talent, his name sits right around the middle of the pack. He has made 7 consecutive cuts and is playing some fantastic golf. With five top 10s in 9 events this year, he is a golfer to watch this weekend.


I can't wait until tomorrow morning when the most exciting golf tournament is under way. This weekend always has magic in the air, and I'm hoping one day to make my appearance down the magnificent Magnolia Lane to see its beauty in real life.


Hope you enjoyed my Masters preview!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to tweet me @phillipbeneteau

Phillip Beneteau

My name is Phillip Beneteau and I've been around and involved in sports my whole life. I started skating when I was 3 years old and swinging a golf club shortly after. I have an uncanny love for all sports and any sort of competition. This love for all sports and competition has led me to take a strong interest in fantasy sports. I started writing about sports back in January of 2012, and have been mainly focusing on fantasy sports along with the odd segment of something else that catches my interest. I starting writing last year by ways of my blog . 

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