Jason Day’s Inaccurate Driver Could Prove Costly at Shinnecock

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The Info: Jason Day

DFS Pricing: $10,500 DraftKings, $12,000 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): T-2, T-4, T-9, T-8, MC

Odds: +1600 to win, +150 top-10 finish, -135 top-20 finish, -800 to make cut, +450 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +450 to miss cut

Best Matchup Value: Jason Day (+100) over Rickie Fowler

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

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The Outlook

While Day excels with his distance off the tee (307.1-yard Long-Term Driving Distance), being inaccurate off the tee (56.9% Long-Term Driving Accuracy) at Shinnecock will punish him, since the fairway width was shortened by nearly 20 yards compared to last year’s U.S. Open. The secondary rough doesn’t persist very long before you get to the fescue. Further, Day’s putting and scrambling have been the primary reasons he has done well of late, averaging just 27.1 putts per round and saving par on 72.9% of holes over the past six weeks. If either of those aspects of his game are off at Shinnecock, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him struggle.

The Metrics

Here’s how Day 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-8th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: 2nd
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 33rd
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: T-17th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 81st

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