2018 British Open: Matt Kuchar Has the Links Game to Compete at Carnoustie

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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.

Matt Kuchar's British Open Odds

DFS Pricing: $7,700 DraftKings, $10,400 FanDuel

British Open History (2013-17): T-15, T-54, T-58, T-46, 2

Odds: +8000 to win, +600 top-10 finish, +260 top-20 finish

Best Odds Value: +260 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: N/A

Tee Times: 4:47 a.m. ET (Thursday), 9:48 a.m. ET (Friday)

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The Outlook

It might not feel like it a year after the fact, but Kuchar was only a few Jordan Spieth miracles away from claiming his first major at Royal Birkdale last year. That driving-range bogey and subsequent eagle notwithstanding, Kuchar has turned himself into a strong links-style player. His ability to maintain a low ball flight and keep it in the right direction works well on fast, firm tracks. There’s plenty of scar tissue from last year’s loss, but don’t be surprised to see Kuchar work his way into contention once again.

The Metrics

Here's how Kuchar 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-19th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-96th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 51st
  • Long-Term Greens in Regulation: 52nd
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 36th
  • Long-Term Putts Per Round: T-24th

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

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