Is Xander Schauffele a Good Bet to Repeat Last Year’s U.S. Open T-5?

Is Xander Schauffele a Good Bet to Repeat Last Year’s U.S. Open T-5? article feature image

Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Xander Schauffele

For analysis of the top 85 golfers in the 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.

The Info: Xander Schauffele

DFS Pricing: $7,500 DraftKings, $9,200 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, T-5

Odds: +10,000 to win, +800 top-10 finish, +400 top-20 finish, -250 to make cut

Best Odds Value: +400 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: Xander Schauffele (+140) over Adam Scott

Tee Times: 1:14 p.m. (Thursday); 7:29 a.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

The 24-year-old finished T-5 in last year’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he has the distance off the tee (303.3-yard Long-Term Driving Distance) to compete with the long hitters on tour. That said, he’s in horrid recent form, coming off two missed cuts in which he hit less than 56% of Greens in Regulation (GIR). While Schauffele ranks 24th in Driving Distance Gained, he may struggle on this long par-70 course if he can’t hit GIR, considering he ranks 58th in par-4s gained over his past 10 rounds and 101st in par-4s gained between 400 and 450 yards.

The Metrics

Here’s how Schauffele 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-47th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-57th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 45th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: T-28th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 50th

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