This past week was another brutal week to get 6/6 guys for Sunday. Only about 2% of people managed to get 6/6 through, with the mdf being the main killer. For me, I had 5 out of 13 players missing the cut. The core did very well. 3 out of the 4 made the cut and all 3 finished inside the top 15 with Henley eventually becoming the winner! Now let's keep the ball rolling for this week with the first Milly Maker of the season! Let's Go!!
We are finally here! It's The Masters! This is definitely my favorite tournament of the year and every year, I try to get time off so that I can watch it from start to finish. We are coming into this week with probably the toughest decision that we have to make all year. To roster Dustin Johnson or to not to roster Dustin Johnson. Another player to think about would be Jon Rahm. It's probably going to be the most popular stack in the Milly Maker and add Rickie in there as well with his recent form and his performance at the Shell Houston Open. That is just a few things to think about when you are making your player pool.
For the course itself, it's 7,435 yards and a par 72. The greens here are so undulating, you have to play here before in order to know exactly where to land the ball to take the slope and to hit it close to the pin. The players are going to miss the greens and they are going to need to get up and down more than 50% of the time to have a chance for Sunday. For the stats that I'm looking at this week are recent form; course history; G.I.R.%; and SC%. Here are my core players for the week.
Justin Rose ($9,200) – At the top, this play is pure ownership. With him being right behind Rickie, Rose makes the perfect sense to go to for this week. He has really good course history, never missing the cut in his last 7 attempts with a 2nd place finish in 2015. His recent form is decent as well. He has zero miss cuts in his last 6 with 2 top 5 finishes. The stats back him up with hitting his greens at 63% and getting up and down 56% in his last 6 events.
Bill Haas ($7,200) – In this range, I think Haas could go over looked with Lee Westwood right next to him and other players around him. Bill Haas has played here every year since 2010 and hasn't missed the cut with a 12th place finish and 3 top 25 finishes in his previous 4 starts. In his last 5 events this season, he hasn't missed a cut and he has 3 top 20s. He is one of the best recently for hitting greens, being at 70% and he's been scrambling at 60% in his last 6. With his first top 10 in a major last year, he could be a nice dark horse for this week.
Bernd Wiesberger ($7,100) – Wiesberger will be that guy that not too many people will know. He made the cut this past week in Houston and has good form coming into this week. In his last 6, hasn't missed the cut and has 2 top 5 finishes. His stats are consistent as well. Hitting the greens at 69% and scrambling at 68%. He played Augusta twice before and made the cut in both appearances, finishing 34th and 22nd respectively.
Kevin Kisner ($6,900) – Kisner wounds up the team down here at $6,900. I can see him being a bit popular, but with his recent form and his stats, you have to at least have a look at him for this week. He has 3 top 10s in his last 6 with zero miss cuts. He's been hitting his greens at 63% and getting up and down 67% of the time. He played here only once and that was last year, finishing 37th.
With the exposure this week, I am thinking of going all in on 1 or 2 of these 4 players for this week because I'm planning on just making 3 lineups and having a tight player pool. I think that's how you need to approach the Milly Maker. If you have 10 or more lineups then I would recommend anywhere 40-60% exposure. If you have less than 10, then I would recommend going almost 100% on one or two guys who you think will do very well. That way, if your core hits, then you will have a really good chance of having a nice payday! Let's win that Milly Maker!
Good luck everyone!