The 3M Open is the first of four remaining PGA Tour events before the beginning of the FedEx Cup playoffs, but with two of those tournaments coming on the same weekend, it leaves at most three opportunities for those players outside the top 125 in the standings to make it into the playoff field. It will take place at 7,431 yards, par 71 Arnold Palmer designed TPC Twin Rivers, just north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Tony Finau hasn’t won since 2017 but comes into the week with odds of +1600 to win.
A Look at the Field
Many of the players that competed in last week’s Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, won by young American phenom Collin Morikawa, will be on hand for the 3M Open as well defending champion Michael Thompson, who has missed five cuts in his last seven starts. Louis Oosthuizen tied for third in the Open Championship after taking a one-shot lead into the final round and he is joined by Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Brian Harman, Sergio Garcia, Robert McIntyre, Rickie Fowler, and others.
Two prominent players who didn’t make it to Royal St. George’s due to Covid-19 protocols, Bubba Watson and 2019 3M Open champion Matthew Wolff will be on hand to resume their seasons. Watson is coming off a strong sixth-place showing at the John Deere Classic, his fifth top-ten finish of the season while Wolff is looking to rebound heading into the playoffs after taking a couple of months off prior to the U.S. Open.
Dustin Johnson fell back to number two in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) behind Jon Rahm and is the favorite at +750 after a top ten finish in the Open Championship, but he hasn’t recorded a victory since winning the 2020 Masters Tournament in November. Oosthuizen, the 2020 Open Championship winner, will be trying to put aside the disappointment from his performance last week and continue the solid play that has him inside the top ten in the OWGR with odds of +1500.
Tony Finau hasn’t won since 2017 despite a lot of great chances to pick up his second Tour victory and has odds of +1600 with Patrick Reed next on the wagering list at +1900 as he attempts to bounce back from a missed cut last week. Wolff is at +3000 at the site of his lone win on the PGA Tour as a rookie, followed by Cameron Tringale and Sergio Garcia at +3100.
Other notables include Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre at +3500, who made the cut on the number at Royal St. George’s and then went on shoot eight-under 132 on the weekend to get into contention. Rickie Fowler is still working his way out of a prolonged slump and is just inside the playoff cut line at 124th in the FedEx Cup standings with odds of +5000.
Dylan Frittelli is at +6000 and finished fifth in the Open Championship, moving up from 135th to 106th in the FedEx Cup standings. At +6600 is Ryan Moore, who finished second in the John Deere Classic behind Lucas Glover turned down an invitation to the Open Championship to take a long-planned family vacation and needs a good week to move up from 137th in the FedEx Cup.