Don’t Fall in Love with Gary Woodland’s Distance at Shinnecock

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Apr 5, 2018; Augusta, GA, USA; Gary Woodland after putting on the 17th green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National GC. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

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The Info: Gary Woodland

DFS Pricing: $6,800 DraftKings, $8,600 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): N/A, T52, MC, N/A, T50

Odds: +12,500 to win, +1400 top-10 finish, +600 top-20 finish

Best Odds Value: +1400 top-10 finish

Best Matchup Value: Russell Henley (-110) over Gary Woodland

Tee Times: 1:03 p.m. (Thursday); 7:18 a.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

After his win in Phoenix back in February, Woodland went ice cold. But after a top-25 finish his last time out at Memorial, this bomber may have started to turn things around. We know he’ll be good off the tee; he’s gained strokes with the driver in every tournament in 2018. The irons and putter went MIA for nearly four months, but he did gain ground on the field in both putting and approach in his last start. He hasn’t put up many good results in majors, however, with just two top 20s in 25 starts, so I’d tread lightly here.

The Metrics

Here’s how Woodland 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: T47th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T57th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 28th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: T12th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 34th

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