Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Matt Kuchar
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The Info: Matt Kuchar
DFS Pricing: $7,600 DraftKings, $10,800 FanDuel
U.S. Open History (2013-2017): T-28, T-12, T-12, T-46, T-16
Odds: +6600 to win, +450 top-10 finish, +225 top-20 finish, -350 to make cut, +250 to miss cut
Best Odds Value: +250 to miss cut
Best Matchup Value: Bubba Watson (+110) over Matt Kuchar
Tee Times: 8:13 a.m. (Thursday); 1:58 p.m. (Friday)
Outside of being short off the tee, Kuchar has the balanced game that always makes for safe DFS investment. Kuchar boasts an excellent 68.8 Long-Term Adjusted Round Score, and he’s missed just 8% of cuts over the past 75 weeks — the fifth-best mark in the field. Further, Kuchar should be able to avoid trouble for the most part since he’s accurate off the tee (65.3% Long-Term Driving Accuracy). The greens at Shinnecock will be challenging, but it should help that Kuchar ranks 12th in proximity to the hole and ranks 18th in Strokes Gained: Putting this season. It also doesn’t hurt that Kuchar isn’t a stranger to harsh conditions since he hasn’t missed a cut at a U.S. Open since 2009.
Here’s how Kuchar 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-16th
- Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-33rd
- Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 49th
- Long-Term Driving Distance: 104th
- Strokes Gained: Approach: 33rd
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