Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap

Augusta National Golf Club

This year’s edition of the prestigious Masters Tournament turned into a shocker Sunday when Danny Willett came back in the most surprising way from 4 shot back at the start of the final round to win his first career major at the Masters on Sunday with a 5-under 67. This Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf recap is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Sports contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

Master 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap

Danny Willet had a bogey-free final round and it just couldn’t come at a better time. When defending champion, youngster Jordan Spieth was stumbling and the rest of the field failing to make some serious moves, Willet birdied 3 of his last 6 holes to polish off a 67, the best score of the weekend. Nine holes away from another wire to wire victory, Spieth collapsed around the infamous of holes of Amen Corner and would never catch up. This comeback from Willett will certainly rank among the most surprising at the Masters.

 

It was certainly hard to watch as golf fans around as everyone expected Spieth to hold on to the victory and to become the fourth back to back winner of the Masters as well as the only player ever in 156 years of championship golf to go wire-to-wire in successive years in a major tournament. It looked inevitable when he ran off 4 straight birdies to end the front 9 and build a 5 shot lead.

 

What’s great about Willett’s win is that he wasn’t even sure to play in the tournament this year. His wife was due with their first child on Sunday, but ended up giving birth March 30th instead and that allowed him to play. He also he became the first player from England in a green jacket since Nick Faldo.

Westwood, playing with Willett, had eagle on the 15th hole and was only a shot of the lead but then three-putted the 16th hole. Dustin Johnson also missed his chance and closed with a 71, tied with J.B. Holmes (68) and Paul Casey (67) for 4th.

Smylie Kaufman, one shot out of the lead in his Masters debut, closed with an 81.

Willett moves to No. 9 in the world. He returns home to England with a gift like no other for his infant son.

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Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf Preview

Augusta National Golf Club

The prestigious Masters begins on Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club.  This will be the first major of the year and the clock is ticking before all the golf fans and golfers around the globe gather at the first tee for the start of the 80th edition of this Masters Tournament. This Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Sports contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

Fantasy Golf Masters 2016 Preview

World’s elite golfers will gather and fight for that green jacket this week. It will be strange not to see Tiger Woods missing out despite his poor form lately due to an injury, but a lot of weight will be on youngster and currently second in the world, Jordan Spieth to defy the odds and try to repeat.

The reigning Masters champion is the favorite to win it all. He will need to play exactly like last year where his record breaking form and dominance surprised everyone. Unfortunately, Masters’ champions have a tough history defending their titles at Augusta especially since only Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods have been able to manage back to back wins at the Masters.

Rory McIlroy is another golfer to watch out for since his hunger for a Green Jacket to complete his career Grand Slam is real. 2 time winner Bubba Watson hasn’t defended his title well but can still make some surprises as we’ve seen the past 5 years. Rickie Fowler, still searching for his 1st major win is a force to look out for as well as Dustin Johnson who’s been playing well lately.

All these big names are contenders but no one is seen as a bigger threat to Spieth than the Aussie Jason Day. Since the conclusion of the PGA championship, he’s been the hottest golfer on the planet. He closed out 2015 winning 4 of 7 tournaments and started 2016 with a bang winning back to back the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play last week regaining Spieth’s # 1 in the world spot.

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PGA Northern Trust Open

Fantasy Golf preview

 

As the PGA Tour heads to California into the Northern Trust Open, get your Fantasy Golf picks ready. Play Daily Fantasy Golf and Win great prizes at Fanpicks.

The PGA Tour rankings rankings were shook this past weekend by the the tremendous wins of Vaughn Taylor and Charl Schwartzel respectively in Pebble Beach and South Africa. The golfers will be heading into one of the toughest golf courses on the on the tour. With a scoring average of 72.592, the Riviera Country Club was the most challenging par 71 for the last 5 seasons.

James Hahn, the defending champion of the tournament will be joined by many big names including 5 of the top ten players in the world. The prestige of this event and fame of the course will attract players such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and more. But don’t be fooled by this star-studded open after we’ve seen this past weekend and last year in this tournament.

Jordan Spieth, world’s number 1 golfer is a favourite for this event and is the only golfer to average a finish in the top 10 or better every tournaments this season. Charl Schwartzel will be a player to watch, coming off a runaway win in South Africa after taking a 2 month-break but mostly being present in the top 5 at Riviera in 2013 and 2014. Rory McIlroy will be making his course debut and hoping to get back on his consistent winning ways. Hideki Matsuyama will also be a player to watch and is featured atop the Power Rankings of the PGA for this tournament after his playoff win on Superbowl weekend and finished 4th on this course last year.

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Pebble Beach National Pro AM Tournament Recap – 02/15/16

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro AM 2016 Golf Tournament

With the Augusta Masters in less than 8 weeks, Vaughan Taylor took the PGA Tour world by surprise with a stunning win this Sunday. Fanpicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Golf news of the Pebble Beach National Pro Am tournament:

Pebble Beach National Pro-AM

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend looked to be in the books entering the last round for Phil Mickelson but the fairy tale scenario happened to be in favor of Vaughan Taylor.

Taylor, who trailed Mickelson by six shots entering the final round hadn’t won in 11 years on the TOUR. He even didn’t have eligibility to play a full year on PGA Tour card since 2013.

Taylor surprised everyone at Pebble Beach on the back 9 of the last stretch where he shot 4 straight birdies to close with a 7-under 65. That finish still wasn’t enough to force Mickelson into a playoff. Then Taylor got 1 big last surprise: Mickelson missed. He entered Pebble Beach tournament ranked 407th on the Tour, this life and career changing victory also helped him automatically qualify for the prestigious Masters tournament in his hometown Augusta.

World number 1 ranked Jordan Spieth closed the tournament with a solid 66 but finished tied at the 21st spot and ending his streak of 7 straight top 10 finishes since September.

Phil Mickelson has been multiplying great performances this start of this season and validated them this weekend at Pebble Beach. He will be trying to bounce back from the heartbreak of missing a 5 foot putt in the last hole of the tournament and hopefully leave the runner up seat in the upcoming events, currently on his longest victory drought of his professional career on the Tour, his last victory dating back to the British Open in 2013.

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Fantasy Golf Preview of THE PGA Players Championship

Fantasy Golf Preview

The fourth and final major of the year will take place from professional golf on August 13th-16th as it’s the PGA Championship. PGA fantasy draft managers can check out this event from Whistling Straits in Kohler Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday on TNT with weekend coverage over CBS TV.

Jordan Speith: The 22 year old in 21 events has five wins on tour and is top in the money earned by a long way in 2015. He has 14 finishes in the top ten. Speith won the Masters and US Open. He was fourth at the British Open. Last week he played the Bridgestone Invitational and was 10th.

Bubba Watson: He was two wins this season with finishes in the top ten seven times. Participated in 15 events and made 13 cuts. Watson has back to back second place finishes in the Canadian Open and last week at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Dustin Johnson: In 20 starts in 2015 the 31 year old has one win with seven top ten finishes. Johnson took first place in the Cadillac Championship in early March. His past two finishes included a 49th place at the British Open and last week at the Bridgestone Invitational a 53rd place finish.

Jimmy Walker: Two wins on tour in his 16 events played. Walker has six top ten finishes. The victories came at the Texas Open and Sony Open in Hawaii. He has a second at the Byron Nelson Last week at the Bridgestone it was a 53rd place finish for Walker.

Jason Day: The Australian has two wins in his 16 events on tour with eight top ten finishes. The victories came at the Canadian Open in two weeks ago and won a playoff in February at the Farmers Insurance Open. He was twelfth last week at the Bridgestone.

Rory McIlroy: Two wins and eight top ten finishes for the 26 year old Irishmen. His last tournament was the US Open in mid-June where he finished in ninth.

Justin Rose: He has played in 16 events and has seven top ten finishes. Rose claimed victory at New Orleans in late April. Rose has finished sixth or better in his past three tournaments. Last week at Bridgestone it was a third place finish.

Zach Johnson: The 39 yard old has a win on tour in his 21 appearance. He was first at the British Open by winning the playoff. He was 33rd last week at Bridgestone Invitational. Johnson has nine top ten finishes.

Rickie Fowler: He has six top ten finishes on tour along with a single win. Fowler won the Players in a playoff back in May. Two weeks ago he was second at the Quicken Loans. Fowler was tenth at Bridgestone last week.

Robert Streb: The 28 year old American has eight top ten finishes in 25 events played. He posted a second place finish at the Greenbrier Classic. Last week at the Bridgestone Streb was fifth at the end of the tournament.

J.B Holmes: The ten year pro on tour has five top five finishes in his 20 events in 2015. He was a playoff winner at the Houston Open in April. Holmes was 37th at Bridgestone last week.

Brandt Snedeker: He has a win on tour in his 21 events played along with eight top ten finishes. Snedeker won the AT&T at Pebble Beach in February and was second at the Colonial in May. It was a 33rd place finish last week at the Bridgestone.

Sergio Garcia: Still in search for his first major and now 35 years old. In 13 events Garcia has four top ten finishes with no wins on tour. He was 6th at the British Open. Garcia was 37th at Bridgestone last week.

Danny Lee: He has seven top ten finishes in his 31 events played. He won the playoff at The Greenbrier Classic in July. After a fourth place result at the Quicken Loans two weeks ago he was a sixth place finisher at Bridgestone.

Jim Furyk: The 45 year old has a win on tour in his 15 events with six top ten finishes. The veteran won a playoff at the Heritage in April. Furyk was third last week at Bridgestone.

Tiger Woods: In ten events in 2015 Woods has no wins and no top ten finishes. The 39 year old has missed two cuts in his past four rounds. Two weeks ago Woods was 18th at the National.

PGA Championship Fantasy League Picks

1. Bubba Watson
2. Rickie Fowler
3. Justin Rose
4. Sergio Garcia
5. Jim Furyk
6. Brandt Snedeker

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