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The Break: Who will win the Masters?



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Let’s make those Masters picks

The Masters is upon us, and that means it’s the biggest week of the year for prognostication in the game.

Whether you’re in a pool, playing daily fantasy sports, have a fantasy game — whatever it is — a lot more people than normal are interested in who wins the green jacket. That’s why we’ve got you covered.

I’ve already published my top 10 players for fantasy lineups and my one-and-done suggestions (I went with DJ) for this week. Later today, for our Forebucks members, I’ll publish my model for the tournament, DraftKings picks and outright winners. If you’re interested in joining Forebucks, check out how to sign up here.

The weather forecast shows plenty of rain from a developing tropical system off the coast of Florida, likely bringing some drenching rains to Augusta, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. There’s a decent chance of rain for the other three days. That means Augusta National will play longer from tee to green, favoring longer players. With the Sub-Air system at ANGC, though, those bombers will still need to navigate fast, firm greens.

I can’t wait!

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The Masters cut line is changing: The Masters cut has been down to the top 50 and ties, as well any player within 10 shots of the lead, after 36 holes. For the first time in six years, that’s changing. The Masters cut will now be to the top 50 and ties only. The 10-Shot Rule is no more. The timing is right, with the 95-player field going off two tees in threesomes for the first two rounds this week. With the intent to finish by 3 p.m. on Sunday, having fewer players around for the weekend is probably helpful. However, with larger Masters fields becoming the norm, this was a change meant for more than a one-off.

Bryson is going to be a crazy story: The biggest storyline this week player-wise is Bryson DeChambeau. How is he going to attack Augusta National? Well, based on Sandy Lyle’s retelling of a practice round, DeChambeau is going to hit sand wedge into No. 1, 8-iron into the par-5 second, 7-iron into No. 13, 9-iron into No. 15. If he executes on his strategy and makes putts, it’s over.

A Monday finish for the Champions: The PGA Tour Champions’ 2020 schedule concludes today. Yes, today. That’s because a playoff for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix is now on its seventh hole. Paul Broadhurst and Kevin Sutherland couldn’t settle things, quite literally, in the dark last night, so they’re resuming at Phoenix Country Club at 10 a.m. Eastern on Golf Channel.

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The Euro Tour adds a Dubai stop: The European Tour has done a fabulous job of filling in gaps in their schedule this season, and they’re doing it one last time with a new event in Dubai. The Golf in Dubai Championship will complete a two-tournament stint in the United Arab Emirates on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Dec. 2-5, alongside the South African Open and leading into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Ortiz shouts out Ochoa: The Mexican flag is waving proudly at Guadalajara Country Club today as Carlos Ortiz earned his first PGA Tour win yesterday at the Vivint Houston Open. Ortiz considers LPGA legend Lorena Ochoa as a mentor and influence, and it’s always pretty cool to see someone get their first big win after a lot of starts. Ortiz is the first Mexico-born player to win on the PGA Tour since 1978.

Symetra Tour graduates announced: The top five players on the final 2020 Symetra Tour money list earned LPGA Tour status for 2021. A shortened season meant only five players earned status (instead of 10) and that their status is reduced compared to normal years. Still, congrats to Ana Belac, Fatima Fernandez Cano, Kim Kaufman, Frida Kinhult and Janie Jackson.

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Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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