3M Open at TPC Twin Cities DraftKings Preview
Next up on the PGA Tour schedule will be the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota at TPC Twin Cities golf club. The 3M Open is an inaugural event that has attracted some of the big names in the golfing world like Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson. The course has been “tweaked” a little for this event. The total distance measures out to 7,468 yards and is now a par 71 course (previously a par 72 and 7,164 yards). TPC Twin Cities was designed by the great Arnold Palmer, with some help from Minnesota Golden Gopher legend Tom Lehman (who will actually be playing in the event). According to Yahoo! Sports…they fully expect plenty of birdies and bogeys for this weekend.
My strategy for this week will be relatively simple. As always…you want golfers who make the cut on a regular basis, and getting players who birdie at a high rate are super-important for this event. Hearing the chatter from experts…they fully expect putting to be crucial. The weather may affect playing conditions as well, as storms may roll in towards the Friday/Saturday window of rounds. Temperatures look to be hovering around the high 70’s to upper 80’s. I failed to get an article out prior to the Rocket Mortgage Classic…but I did get some green there, so let’s keep it rolling!
Rory Sabbatini ($9,500):
Coming off a strong P3 finish at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic…the Slovakian golfer has been on a burner of late. As of March, he has had one finish outside of the top 40 (P43 at US Open) and has racked up 4 top 10’s in that timespan. According to CBS Sports…Rory is 45/1 to win the event, and I feel he will be relatively low-owned among the $9K and up golfers.
Viktor Hovland ($9,100):
The 2018 US Amateur winner is playing some great golf since turning professional at the 2019 Masters. He has made 5 straight cuts and Viktor’s confidence has to be at an all-time high. Most experts are swooning over Hovland and he is at 28/1 to win the event. His last round of golf was a great one…as he shot a 64 to end his weekend in Detroit last week.
Sungjae Im ($9,000):
This is my personal favorite to win the event. The South Korean product has placed P21 in back-to-back events and is great in nearly every statistical category imaginable. He has scored more rounds in the 60’s than any golfer on the PGA Tour this season…33rd in birdie or better percentage and is 33rd in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Consistency is what I am looking for in my lineup and I think Im is as good as it gets.
Collin Morikawa ($7,900):
My guy Collin has still failed to miss a cut this year. I have picked him since his first event at the RBC Canadian Open and I plan to stick with the Cal product. Like his counterpart Viktor Hovaland…Morikawa is a prodigy who is making a name for himself on the professional tour. His price did go up a little bit, but I believe it is because people are starting to recognize he is legit.
Doc Redman ($7,200):
This will be my first time picking Doc Redman for a DK event. The 21-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina turned some heads last week getting a P2 finish in Detroit. He also is a former 2017 US Amateur winner and in his 2 professional events this year…he has racked up two top-20’s. At this price…it would be crazy for me not to choose him (even though he will be chalky). The guys in Minnesota expect to have plenty of birdies for this Open tournament…and Redman will surely do that here.
Wyndham Clark ($7,100):
Last but not least is Oregon alumnus Wyndham Clark. He has been in great form lately…racking up consecutive top-20 finishes. Clark’s excellent putting skills turned my interest towards him for the 3M Open. He ranks 7th in terms of driving distance at 311.3 yds. and is 16th in birdie average at 4.28 per round. According to PGATour.com…Clark is 9th in strokes gained: putting…and is 3rd in birdie or better percentage. These impressive stats alone make Clark a great sleeper choice at 125/1 to win.
References: DraftKings, PGATour.com, Yahoo! Sports, SI Golf, golf.com.