Shinnecock Should Play to Cameron Smith’s Strengths
Apr 26, 2018; Avondale, LA, USA; Cameron Smith lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament at TPC Louisiana. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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The Info: Cameron Smith
DFS Pricing: $7,500 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel
U.S. Open History (2013-2017): N/A, N/A, T-4, T-59, N/A
Odds: +12,500 to win, +1200 top-10 finish, +500 top-20 finish, -165 to make cut, +125 to miss cut
Best Odds Value: +125 to miss cut
Best Matchup Value: Cameron Smith (-105) over Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Tee Times: 1:36 p.m. (Thursday); 7:51 a.m. (Friday)
In his short time in the professional ranks, this 24-year-old Aussie has displayed a propensity for playing his best golf on tough courses, finishing T-6 at Riviera and T-5 at Augusta National. Smith owns soft hands that have quickly led to him being known as one of the game’s better wedge players, and Shinnecock’s necessity for creativity around the greens should play into his strengths. If there’s a downside to his potential for a solid performance this week, it’s a current run of form that has led to three consecutive missed cuts.
Here’s how Smith 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-59th
- Recent Adjusted Round Score: 114th
- Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 67th
- Long-Term Driving Distance: T-84th
- Strokes Gained: Approach: 69th
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