Bet on Steve Stricker’s Steadiness at Shinnecock?
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The Info: Steve Stricker
DFS Pricing: $6,900 DraftKings, $9,300 FanDuel
U.S. Open History (2013-2017): T-8, T-21, N/A, N/A, T-16
Odds: +11,000 to win, +900 top-10 finish, +450 top-20 finish, -275 to make cut, +200 to miss cut
Best Odds Value: +450 top-20 finish
Best Matchup Value: N/A
Tee Times: 1:36 p.m. (Thursday); 7:51 a.m. (Friday)
It would be a cliche to insist that this 51-year-old is getting better with age, so let’s instead put it this way: He certainly isn’t getting any worse. Stricker’s familiar game of fairways and greens and tons of made putts has left him competitive against the proverbial flat-bellies longer than most others at this point in their careers. And perhaps just as impressively, he appears hungrier than most others after 50, as evidenced by a second consecutive year of him slogging through the 36-hole sectional qualifier to reach this week’s field. Last year, that paid off with a T-16 result.
Here’s how Stricker 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-33rd
- Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-36th
- Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 21st
- Long-Term Driving Distance: T-102nd
- Strokes Gained: Approach: 25th
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