2018 British Open: Xander Schauffele Remains an Underrated Bet


Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Xander Schauffele

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.

Xander Schauffele’s British Open Odds

DFS Pricing: $7,400 DraftKings, $9,300 FanDuel

British Open History (2013-17): N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, T-20

Odds: +15,000 to win, +800 top-10 finish, +350 top-20 finish

Best Odds Value: +15,000 to win

Best Matchup Value: Schauffele (-110) over Brandt Snedeker

Tee Times: 5:31 a.m. ET (Thursday), 10:32 a.m. ET (Friday)

The Outlook

Listing the game’s most underrated golfers is an exercise in futility, because as soon as we place a player high on that list, by definition we’ve now rated him to an extent that makes our point moot. That mouthful said, X-man would certainly garner votes in any competition to herald the unheralded.

He won last year’s Tour Championship, was top six in each of the last two U.S. Opens, and even pulled a top 20 in his Open Championship debut last year. If Schauffele is going to make a serious run at qualifying for this year’s Ryder Cup team — and I still think he will — he needs a few big results soon, and this would be a great week for it to happen.

The Metrics

Here’s how Schauffele 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-29th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-29th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 46th
  • Long-Term Greens in Regulation: T-44th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 48th
  • Long-Term Putts Per Round: T-41st

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

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