2018 British Open: Rickie Fowler’s Short Game Should Help Him Contend


Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Rickie Fowler

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.

Rickie Fowler’s British Open Odds

DFS Pricing: $9,700 DraftKings, $11,400 FanDuel

British Open History (2013-17): MC, T-2, T-30, T-46, T-22

Odds: +1600 to win, +135 top-10 finish, -140 top-20 finish, -700 to make cut, +400 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +135 top-10 finish

Best Matchup Value: Fowler (-105) over Rory McIlroy

Tee Times: 5:09 a.m. ET (Thursday); 10:10 a.m. ET (Friday)

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The Outlook

Always the bridesmaid, Rickie certainly has the game to capture his first career major championship. He’s a great fit for Carnoustie, as he’s accurate and has one of the best short games in the world. Scrambling proved to be quite important back in 2007, when Carnoustie last hosted the British, and Fowler can certainly gain strokes around the green. He boasts the third-best Long-Term Adjusted Round Score in the field, ahead of guys like Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day, so it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he gets that elusive title. It could be this week.

The Metrics

Here’s how Fowler 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-3rd
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: 19th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 24th
  • Long-Term Greens in Regulation: 41st
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 32nd
  • Long-Term Putts Per Round: T-16th

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

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