The PGA Tour says goodbye to links golf for another season and the scrambling through weather, rough, and pot bunkers that make St. Andrews such a test. This week they say hello to the required long and accurate drives of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota.
This is the fourth installment of this event as a post-Open Championship return to the States, and in each of the previous three years, it has featured longer and more accurate drives than nearly every other PGA Tour event.
Newly crowned Open champion Cameron Smith won’t be here as he celebrates his first ever win. But you will get to see, and possibly wager on, Open participants Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, and Tony Finau.
Favorites to Win 3M Open
- Tony Finau (+1400)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+1600)
- Sungjae Im (+1600)
- Maverick McNealy (+2200)
- Adam Hadwin (+2500)
- Cam Davis (+2500)
- Davis Riley (+2500)
- Sahith Theegala (+2500)
- Cameron Tringale (+2800)
- Adam Long (+3300)
- Chez Reavie (+3300)
- J.T. Poston (+3300)
Not surprising that the three men at the top of the 3M Open favorites board just played in Scotland. Tony Finau is the favorite, and he’s been in the top-30 in five of his last six starts; and in his final round at St. Andrews, he shot six-under par.
Hideki Matsuyama shot a final round 67 at St. Andrews and is coming back to the States, where he last finished fourth at the U.S. Open. His trip to Scotland wasn’t terribly fruitful, but he has four top-10 finishes in the United States this season.
Sungjae Im finished the Open T81 after missing the cut at both the Scottish Open and the U.S. Open. But right before that, he was T10 at the Memorial, and let’s not forget he was T8 at the Masters.
Longer Shots to Consider at 3M Open
Chris Gotterup (+4000) hasn’t played a lot this season – only six events – but he’s only missed two cuts, and he has a pair of top-10 finishes – T7 at the Puerto Rico Open and T4 at the John Deere Classic in early July.
Cameron Champ (+5000) has missed five straight cuts, including the John Deere Classic a couple of weeks ago. But he was T6 at the Mexico Open, he had that incredible T10 at the Masters, and Champ is the defending champ here at the 3M Open.
Brice Garnett hasn’t won on tour in four years, and he’s missed eight of his ten cuts. But you want to consider him because he’s paying +10000, and he’s played well in the three previous 3M Opens, finishing 16th last year with a final round 68.
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