Inconsistent Irons Will Be Harold Varner’s U.S. Open Downfall


May 13, 2018; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Harold Varner III plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

For analysis of the top 85 golfers in the 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.

The Info: Harold Varner

DFS Pricing: $6,600 DraftKings, $7,300 FanDuel

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

Odds: +40,000 to win, +5000 top-10 finish, +2200 top-20 finish

Best Odds Value: +5000 top-10 finish

Best Matchup Value: N/A

Tee Times: 6:45 a.m. (Thursday); 12:30 p.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Varner doesn’t really do anything for me this week. His iron game has been bad. He’s lost strokes in five of his past six starts. He’s not a good putter and struggles around the greens. His driver can carry him only so far this week. With nothing else really up to tour standards at the moment, he’ll have a tough time making the cut.

The Metrics

Here’s how Varner 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-76th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-36th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 77th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: 35th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 80th

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