Cameron Smith Lacks the Power to Compete at PGA Championship

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Apr 26, 2018; Avondale, LA, USA; Cameron Smith lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament at TPC Louisiana. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

For betting odds and analysis of the top 80 golfers in the 2018 PGA Championship 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.

Cameron Smith PGA Championship Betting Odds

DFS Pricing: $7,100 DraftKings, $7,800 FanDuel

PGA Championship History (2013-2017): N/A, N/A, T-25, N/A, MC

Odds: +20,000 to win, +1400 top-10 finish, +700 top-20 finish, -175 to make cut, +125 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +700 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: Smith (+115) over Beau Hossler (-145)

Tee Times: 9:18 a.m. ET (Thursday); 2:43 p.m. ET (Friday)

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The Outlook

I like Smith’s game any time wedges from inside 100 yards become a determining factor of performance, but it doesn’t seem that will be the case this week. In fact, Smith seems like a guy who might’ve been born 20-25 years too late. In an era when Corey Pavin and Justin Leonard were stars, Smith would have excelled. Today’s game is obviously more power-driven.

The Metrics

Here’s how Smith ranks in the PGA Championship field in several key metrics. For many more, be sure to check out the FantasyLabs PGA Models.

  • Long-Term Adjusted Round Score: T-65th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-70th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 83rd
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: 86th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 87th

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