3M Open betting tips & predictions – this week marks the first staging of the 3M Open. The tournament will be hosted by TPC Twin Cities and marks Minnesota’s first regular PGA Tour event for almost fifty years.
TPC Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis and opened for play in 2000. The layout was designed by Arnold Palmer with Minnesota native, Tom Lehman, acting as player consultant.
The course is a member of the Tournament Players Club (TPC) network which is operated by the PGA Tour. From 2001, TPC Twin Cities hosted the 3M Championship on the PGA Champions Tour. However last year it was announced that the Champions Tour event would be replaced by the 3M Open on the PGA Tour in a seven year deal.
The TPC Twin Cities setup for the Champions Tour event annually produced low scoring. Its wide fairways, low rough, accessible pin placements and manageable bunkers all contributed to the 3M Championship birdie-fest. In an effort to challenge the world’s best golfers, Tom Lehman was retained to oversee a remodeling of the course for the inaugural 3M Open.
The upgraded TPC Twin Cities will play as a 7,468 yards Par 71 this week. The general layout for the course hasn’t change but hole number 3, which is normally a Par 5, will play as a Par 4 for this week’s tournament. Length was added on a number of holes through the construction of several new tee boxes. In all almost 500 yards in length was added to the course.
“I’d make it a tough driving course, the easiest way to do that is to firm it up, narrow it up and grow some rough”
As part of the the remodeling, fairways will be much narrower and higher rough will put more pressure on the driver. Course management will be important in order to put the ball in the right position to attack the pins. In addition some of the bunkering was expanded.
Greens for this week’s tournament were unchanged and he stock Par 3s will largely be left alone, except for a new tee box on No. 17. There are also likely to be some driveable Par 4’s which will suit the big-hitters.
As this is the inaugural playing of the 3M Open, there is no past data to analyse and evaluate. Like last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, the ‘unfamiliarity-factor’ will test all aspects of a player’s game and players hitting full shots while being in tune with distance will prosper.
Again this week, expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting.
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