Graeme McDowell Enters U.S. Open Playing His Best Golf in Years

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May 17, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Graeme McDowell reads the ninth green during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

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The Info: Graeme McDowell

DFS Pricing: $6,800 DraftKings, $7,900 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): MC, T-28, MC, T-18, MC

Odds: +15,000 to win, +1400 top-10 finish, +600 top-20 finish, -225 to make cut, +160 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +160 to miss cut

Best Matchup Value: Charley Hoffman (-130) over Graeme McDowell

Tee Times: 1:25 p.m. (Thursday); 7:40 a.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Eight years ago, McDowell shocked the golf world – well, at least all but at the most committed enthusiasts – when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach as a plucky ball-striker who was trending in the right direction. Another win this week might be even more shocking, as he’s dropped outside the world’s top 150, though he’s showed some improvements recently. Finishing T-12 and T-5 in his past two starts on the European Tour could be enough to offer him some promise entering this week, as he could use a strong result at a big event to help make a serious run at the Ryder Cup later this year.

The Metrics

Here’s how McDowell 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: 68th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-45th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 61st
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: T-110th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 67th

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