Following an exciting week with the return of Tiger Woods and the ascent of Jon Rahm to No. 1 in the OWGR, things will cool considerably when the PGA Tour makes its originally scheduled stop in Minnesota for the second playing of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. There is a dip in the talent pool with several high-profile golfers taking a week off in advance of more prestigious events. Nonetheless we will see a strong field of players led by Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and defending champ Matthew Wolff. There is also an influx of European Tour regulars led by Tommy Fleetwood and Erik Van Rooyen, which will make for some interesting matchup pairings. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of tournament matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
3M Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Kristoffer Ventura +135 vs. Charles Howell III -170
Jhonattan Vegas -126 vs. Rafa Cabrera-Bello -104
Brian Harman -222 vs. Peter Uihlein +174
Chris Kirk -116 vs. Ryan Armour -114
Sam Ryder +104 vs. Max Homa -134
Henrik Norlander +100 vs. Erik Van Rooyen -130
Richy Werenski -131 vs. Wyndham Clark +101
Emiliano Grillo -130 vs. Tom Lewis +100
Lucas Glover -115 vs. Harris English -115
Adam Schenk -106 vs. Matthias Schwab -124
Alex Noren -123 vs. Scott Stallings -107
Matthew Wolff +117 vs. Paul Casey -147
Tony Finau -113 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -117
Brooks Koepka -112 vs. Tony Finau -118
Dustin Johnson -122 vs. Brooks Koepka -108
Sepp Straka +111 vs. Luke List -141
Bubba Watson +137 vs. Paul Casey -173
Dustin Johnson -120 vs. Tony Finau -110
Troy Merritt -122 vs. Charley Hoffman -108
Si-Woo Kim +139 vs. Ryan Moore -175
Dustin Johnson -117 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -113
Russell Henley -138 vs. Doc Redman +108
Matthew Wolff -134 vs. Bubba Watson +104
Will Gordon +135 vs. Patrick Rodgers -170
Brooks Koepka -110 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -120
Need to Know
I hit just one matchup at the Memorial continuing my slump since the restart. Like Jon Rahm, however, I’m poised to break out this week. A long time stop on the Champions Tour, TPC Twin Cities was renovated prior to the PGA Tour’s arrival last year. The track stretches to 7,431 yards at par 71. There isn’t a lot of data to work with since the 2019 edition was the inaugural event. The Arnold Palmer design features 27 water hazards and a number of bunkers sprinkled throughout. The obstacles shouldn’t impede too much and low scores are expected. Matthew Wolff tied the single round and set the tournament scoring record winning last year’s event by one shot with a 263 total. Staying out of the water is the first step to having success at this layout. Ultimately, though, it’s going to come down to who putts the best.
3M Open Matchup Picks
Jhonattan Vegas -126 vs. Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Considering the length of the course big hitters can gain strokes. And since the Kraken is taking the week off, Vegas slips into that slot. Vegas averages nearly 310 yards with his driver and he hasn’t lost strokes off the tee since October. His game fits the layout and with improved putting he is a contender to win outright. That might be a stretch and I wouldn’t be too giddy on that proposition, but in this matchup he’s got a good chance. He finished in the top-25 twice since the restart with the game looking sharp.
Harris English -115 vs. Lucas Glover
The watered-down field opens things up for just about everybody, and I like English because of his consistent play before and after the COVID shutdown. He went into the hiatus with three straight top-20s and went T17 at the RBC Heritage followed by a T13 at the Memorial. He averages over 300 yards off the tee, which will help, and he’s been consistent with every club in the bag.
Matthew Wolff +117 vs. Paul Casey
Wolff set the 72-hole course record to claim last year’s title in just his third Tour start and he’s competing in a similar field. Recent form has been spotty missing the cut in half his starts since the reboot. He is one of a handful of players to tee it up in every post-hiatus start so there might be some concern about fatigue. He wouldn’t miss the chance to defend his title, though, and he appears to be gaining confidence with a runner-up at the RMC and T22 at the Memorial.
Doc Redman +108 vs. Russell Henley
Redman was on a nice little run of form until Muirfield Village got a hold of him. A number of quality players missed the cut at the Memorial so there’s nothing to be ashamed of. An easier track and a field more to his liking should create a positive environment. Redman grabbed a T11 at the Travelers sandwiched by T21s at the RBC Heritage and Rocket Mortgage Classic. He’s another plus-odds player in a matchup that I like him to win.
Tommy Fleetwood -120 vs. Brooks Koepka
Perhaps the most interesting matchup on the board pits two of the highest ranked players in the field, and we don’t know what to expect from either of them. Koepka admittedly is still bothered by his knee injury and he’s let me down on a number of occasions. Fleetwood is making his first start since the restart so we don’t know what we’re going to get. The Brit is healthy and over the last year he has seven top-5s, including a win, worldwide.
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