2018 British Open: Jordan L. Smith’s Short Game Could Fail Him


Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jordan L. Smith

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.

Jordan L. Smith’s British Open Odds

DFS Pricing: $7,100 DraftKings, $7,500 FanDuel

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

Odds: +22,500 to win

Best Odds Value: +22,500 to win

Best Matchup Value: N/A

Tee Times: 10:54 a.m. ET (Thursday); 5:53 a.m. ET (Friday)

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The Outlook

The 25-year-old English golfer has shown some upside in his young career, notably sneaking into the top 10 in his first ever major last year at the PGA Championship. That said, I’m not sure Carnoustie is a great setup for Smith, who is accurate with his irons but really struggles with his short game. Scrambling was quite important the last time Carnoustie held the Open, and Smith is one of the worst scramblers and putters in the field. That will likely come back to bite him this week.

The Metrics

Here’s how Smith 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-104th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-81st
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: N/A
  • Long-Term Greens in Regulation: 13th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: N/A
  • Long-Term Putts Per Round: T-118th

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

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