2018 British Open: Charles Howell Is a Safe Bet to Make the Cut


Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Charles Howell

For analysis of the top 90 golfers in the British Open field, check out this page. “Best odds value” and “Best matchup value” listed below are determined by a proprietary model built by Colin Davy. It factors in the course, plus a variety of weighted metrics and the betting odds. This isn’t meant to imply every player is worth a bet; we’re simply showing the most efficient way to wager on each golfer should you so choose.

Charles Howell’s British Open Odds

DFS Pricing: $6,700 DraftKings, $9,200 FanDuel

British Open History (2013-17): N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, MC

Odds: +50,000 to win, +1400 top-10 finish, +500 top-20 finish

Best Odds Value: +50,000 to win

Best Matchup Value: Howell (-130) over Chesson Hadley

Tee Times: 6:47 a.m. ET (Thursday), 1:46 a.m. ET (Friday)

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The Outlook

A favorite play in DFS in our weekly podcast, Howell makes his living wearing out the sweet spot. That will be a big asset this week at Carnoustie, where the high winds will gobble up any mishit shot. The putter remains his Achilles heel and is a constant reason why we don’t see Howell in the winner’s circle more often. I think Howell is a surefire bet to make the cut, having made 21-of-23 thus far this year, but I don’t see him truly contending for the Claret Jug. He is a good DFS play due to his consistency. Top 20 is his ceiling this week.

The Metrics

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

  • Long-Term Adjusted Round Score: T-36th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-36th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 26th
  • Long-Term Greens in Regulation: T-58th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 44th
  • Long-Term Putts Per Round: T-76th

Want more British Open coverage? Check out this page for tips on the 90 best golfers in the field.

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