Ball-Striking Struggles Make Kisner a Stay-Away at U.S. Open

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Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports. Captioned: Kevin Kisner

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The Info: Kevin Kisner

DFS Pricing: $7,300 DraftKings, $8,300 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): N/A, MC, T12, T49, T58

Odds: +12,500 to win, +1000 top-10 finish, +500 top-20 finish, -175 to make cut, +125 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +500 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: N/A

Tee Times: 1:58 p.m. (Thursday); 8:13 a.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Kisner is a no-go for me. He doesn’t have the length I’d look for so that will put a lot of pressure on his iron game. Normally that is his strong suit, but since letting the PGA Championship slip away, he’s lost strokes with his approach in 13 of 18 events that had the shot-tracking data. He would need an A+ week with the irons to contend here, and he’s been nothing close to that recently.

The Metrics

Here’s how Kisner 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: T25th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T75th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 80th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: 95th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 79th

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