Brandt Snedeker’s Shaky Ball-Striking a Deal-Breaker at Shinnecock

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Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Brandt Snedeker

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The Info: Brandt Snedeker

DFS Pricing: $7,300 DraftKings, $9,500 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): T-17, T-9, 8, MC, T-9

Odds: +10,000 to win, +900 top-10 finish, +400 top-20 finish, -200 to make cut, +150 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +150 to miss cut

Best Matchup Value: Charl Schwartzel (+105) over Brandt Snedeker

Tee Times: 2:09 p.m. (Thursday); 8:24 a.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Always known as a great putter, Snedeker has struggled with the ball-striking aspect of the game this year. The biggest red flag: his 150th ranking in total driving. On top of that, he ranks 153rd in GIR. These rankings do not correlate with a game that is designed to perform on one of the toughest courses in golf. He is coming off a top-10 in Memphis, but that’s his first such finish of the year, and I don’t think he can hit the ball well enough to navigate this golf course. He is experienced enough to grind and make the cut, but don’t look for much upside beyond that in Snedeker.

The Metrics

Here’s how Snedeker ranks in the U.S. Open field in several key metrics. For many more, be sure to check out the FantasyLabs PGA Models.

  • Long-Term Adjusted Round Score: T-47th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-96th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 64th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: T-102nd
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 68th

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