3M Open

The 3M Open, held at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, is usually a low-key event and makes just it’s third appearance this year. But the line-up has been bolstered by the post-Open appearance from the likes of Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed – who collectively head the market.

3M Open 2021: The Tournament

A relatively new event on the PGA Tour schedule, the 3M Open is the first tournament held in the state of Minnesota for 50 years. Given this fact, and where it currently falls in the schedule – on the back of “major season” – it isn’t the strongest of events that we would normally expect to see on the PGA Tour. That said, there is never a golf tournament which doesn’t generate player appeal and punter interest. So this week there’s a lot to play for.

3M Open 2021: The Course

Located in Blaine, Minnesota the TPC Twin Cities is a 7,468 yard course played as a par 71. It was recently upgraded ahead of being added to the PGA Tour (prior to this it was a regular pit-stop on the Champions Tour aka the Seniors Tour). The venue was first opened in 2000. It’s an Arnold Palmer design, with Tom Lehman on-hand as a consultant, and is a classic parkland course with tree-lined fairways. The course consistently ranked highly for birdie averages on the Champions Tour, so the expectation is for low-scoring this week.

72-Hole Record

263: Matthew Wolff (2019)

18-Hole Record

60: Paul Goydos (2017) & Kenny Perry (2018)

3M Open: Past Winners

2020: Michael Thompson
2019: Matthew Wolff

3M Open 2021: The Field

A regular PGA Tour field in Minnesota with 150+ players in attendance. Dustin Johnson is the $7.75 favourite with TopSport.

3M Open 2021: The Weather

The players will struggle to see any rain this week, with the daily precipitation forecast of 10%-20%-20%-0% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will peak in the high 80s on Friday, with light cloud cover. Wind speeds will be gentle all week, between 8-12mph for the four days.

3M Open 2021: Value Bets

These are two each-way outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

Jhonattan Vegas $48 with TopSport
Vegas has been on a good run of form recently, posting three Top 20s in his past five tournaments, including a runner-up in the Palmetto Championship. And this backs up the view that he’s more than capable of competing at this level, as three previous PGA Tour wins would confirm. Admittedly the Venezuelan, like Watson, hasn’t lifted any silverware in a while, but this week could be the perfect setting for him to regain the winning thread. Long off the tee, and regularly beating the field for Greens-In-Regulation, the key to success for Vegas will be if his putter warms up – but for that, he surely would have won recently in South Carolina. He makes appeal at these odds, in this event, given his fine current form. Vegas is a solid addition to the staking plan this week.

JT Poston $65 with TopSport
We’ve followed Poston a few times over the past year, and I almost thought that last week he was going to win when we weren’t on him! As it was, he lost out in a play-off, but at least it shows that he’s swinging the club well again after a few hot-and-cold performances this Summer. Like all the other bets this week, Poston is a PGA Tour winner (Wyndham Championship 2019), so we know he can get the job done. But he, unlike several of the others, is a demon on the greens – so the key to his success is a solid showing from tee-to-green. Poston ranked 1st for Greens-In-Regulation at the Barbasol, so this bodes well. For me the price about the North Carolinian has enough juice in it to make him a decent bet, more so on the back of last week’s effort in Kentucky.

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