Zach Johnson’s Putting Prowess Will Come in Handy at Shinnecock


Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports. Captioned: Zach Johnson

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: Zach Johnson

DFS Pricing: $7,100 DraftKings, $9,400 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): MC, T-40, T-72, T-8, T-27

Odds: +15,000 to win, +900 top-10 finish, +450 top-20 finish, -190 to make cut, +135 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +450 top-20 finish

Best Matchup Value: Brian Harman (+105) over Zach Johnson

Tee Times: 7:51 a.m. (Thursday); 1:36 p.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Johnson is a serviceable option for DFS purposes at his cost. Navigating the greens at Shinnecock could prove difficult, but luckily, he’s a great putter, averaging just 28.6 putts per round over the past 75 weeks, and he ranks fourth in proximity to the hole this PGA season. Johnson can also keep the ball in play, as he’s hit 65.3% of fairways within the same time frame. While he lacks the distance off the tee for this 7,445-yard course, if you’re wanting a cheap option to make the cut, Johnson should suffice.

The Metrics

Here’s how Johnson 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-23rd
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T-72nd
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 24th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: 98th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 15th

Want more U.S. Open coverage? Check out this page for tips on the 85 best golfers in the field.

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