Russell Knox Doesn’t Have Much Room for Error at Shinnecock

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Mar 15, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Russell Knox hits his tee shot on the third hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge . Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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The Info: Russell Knox

DFS Pricing: $6,800 DraftKings, $8,400 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): T-45, N/A, N/A, T-23, MC

Odds: +17,500 to win, +1400 top-10 finish, +700 top-20 finish, -175 to make cut

Best Odds Value: +700 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: N/A

Tee Times: 8:35 a.m. (Thursday); 2:20 p.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Knox has been striking the ball extremely well over the past couple of months: His 77.1% Greens in Regulation (GIR) mark and 75% Driving Accuracy over the past four events are among the best marks in the entire field. His distance off the tee hasn’t been great, however, which means he’s typically staying alive for pars instead of in place for birdies. That doesn’t leave him with a lot of room for error considering the top-end talent he’s competing against, unfortunately. He’s a fine golfer but just doesn’t have the distance to really get my attention.

The Metrics

Here’s how Knox 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-69th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-48th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 36th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: T-96th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 36th

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