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A T8 finish last week at 30/1 for our tip Patrick Cantlay and a top 20 finish for Dean Burmester tipped at 8/1, meant that we had a very profitable week.

All 6 tips made the cut at the Open Championship and none of them finished worst than tied for 30th place so it was a really positive week all in all.

Eventual winner of the claret jug was Australian Cameron Smith who began the week at 28/1. Rory McIlroy went into the last round tied with Viktor Hovland at the top with a gap of 3 shots to the rest of the field. With Viktor faltering from the get go it looked to be all in Rory’s hands to get his 2nd Open win. However, Smith’s putter was on fire and with 5 birdies in a row around the turn they helped Smith post a bogey free -8 round and to grab the win by 1 stroke.

3M Open Betting Odds

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Now that the majors for 2022 have finished we get back to the run up to the end of the PGA Tour season and the build up to the FedEx cup playoff events.

This week we move onto the 3M Open, which will be competed at TPC Twin Cities in the area of Blaine in Minnesota.

This will be the 4th edition of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities, succeeding the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour which ran between 2001-2018.

About TPC Twin Cities

  • Par 71, 7430 yards approx.
  • Arnold Palmer design (Tom Lehman and Tim Herron re-design in 2018)
  • Bentgrass greens
  • 4 x Par 3s – 177-230 yards
  • 11 x Par 4s – 379-503 yards
  • 3 x Par 5s – 593-596 yards
  • Short rough off the easily hit fairways
  • Large greens
  • Water hazards in play on 15 holes

First look at Twin Cities, it seems very easy on the eye and very scorable for all players and looking at the winning scores on the Champions Tour and that of the last 3 years, Twin Cities can be seen as a birdie fest, its biggest defence is the amount of water on the course. Coming into play on roughly 15 holes, whether in play for players Off the Tee or beside the greens on their approach shots, the water is always dangerous and can be quite a magnet for golf balls, especially when I play the game! So, avoiding these hazards at all costs will be the play of the week for the guys.

Past Winners

2021 winner - Cameron Champ -15

  • 39th OTT
  • 27th T2G
  • 22nd GIR
  • 19th APP
  • 6th SCR
  • 1st PA

2020 winner – Michael Thompson -19

  • 51st OTT
  • 17th T2G
  • 3rd GIR
  • 4th APP
  • 2nd SCR
  • 20th PA

2019 winner – Matthew Wolff -21

  • 21st OTT
  • 1st T2G
  • 6th GIR
  • 2nd APP
  • 62nd SCR
  • 6th PA

Average stats – Score -18

  • 33rd OTT
  • 15th T2G
  • 10th GIR
  • 8th APP
  • 23rd SCR
  • 9th PA

TPC Twin Cities sits at slight altitude so driving distances will be boosted this year and 2/3 of the past winners of this tournament on the PGA Tour are renowned for their SG: Off the Tee prowess, so I will be looking at that as a starting point for sure this week.

Proximity to the hole and SG: Approach will be highlighted again this week, similarly to the last 2 weeks. Just like at the Renaissance Club and at St. Andrews we are presented with large greens again so getting the ball closest to the hole regularly to optimize birdie opportunities will be the play of the week if players want to contend for the title come Sunday.

Putting performances on these wide Bentgrass greens I think will be a factor I look at for this week, there is a knack for playing birdie fests well and a guy who can constantly role their rock on these large greens will have a great chance this week.

Long Par 3 performances/scoring average I will take a look at this week, all 4 of them are above 175 yards long with the longest at 230 yards, this is one of the longest we see on tour. Players who constantly strike their irons well of the tee will be needed here.

Stats to look for this week

  • SG: Off the Tee
  • SG: Approach/Proximity to the hole
  • Putting experience on large Bentgrass greens
  • Par 3 scoring

3M Open Tips

Due to limited time this week due to work commitments and the level of players on show this week, I haven’t broken down the odds on offer this week. However, with only 4 of the top 30 in the OWGR here and some prices on the more in form guys being really short, I am going hunting for the value this week with mostly outsiders!

5 selections again for you guys, all with 8 places. Good luck and lets have another profitable week!

Brendan Steele 33/1
Ryan Palmer 60/1
Troy Merritt 60/1
Matthias Schwab 70/1
Brice Garnett 125/1