If Daniel Berger wins the FedEx Cup, Golf Twitter is going to lose its mind re: the Masters. If you haven’t heard, the world’s No. 13 player isn’t in the field at Augusta National this November.
The field has been locked in place since the original Masters deadline in the spring of April. Berger was battling health issues last year and hadn’t played enough yet in 2020 to crack the top 50. There’s been a groundswell online and in the media petitioning ANGC to let him in. We’re truly in unprecedented times, so it’s hard to say if the club will budge or not. I’m leaning toward no.
It’s too bad if they don’t because Berger has been one of the best players since the PGA Tour’s resumption in June.
The former Florida State Seminole posted five straight top-10s starting in February and continuing into June. The stretch included a playoff win over Collin Morikawa at the first event back at Colonial.
After a rare missed cut, Berger got back on the horse to post four more top-25s leading into East Lake. That featured a T-2nd at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude and a solo third at the Northern Trust.
He’s finished middle of the pack in three trips to the Tour Championship, resulting in between 12th and 15th from 2015-17. The 27-year-old is in better form than in past appearances, so I like him to make a run at the $15 million.
Berger ranks 17th in strokes gained off the tee (.459 per round). He doesn’t fight the big miss as often as some in the field do, so I like him to avoid the worst of East Lake’s Bermuda rough.
Berger ranks top 40 in all SG categories, which is a reflection of his consistency week in and week out.
The Florida native should feel right at home this week putting on Bermuda, as well.