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Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2021 3M Open

The tournament will be hosted by TPC Twin Cities and is Minnesota’s first regular PGA Tour event for almost fifty years.

2019 marked the first staging of the 3M Open. 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.

Course Overview

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, in 2018, 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 3M Open.

The upgraded TPC Twin Cities plays as a 7,431 yards Par 71 for the 3M Open. The general layout for the course hasn’t change but hole number 3, which is normally a Par 5, plays as a Par 4 for the 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”

Tom Lehman

As part of the the remodeling, fairways were narrowed and rough higher putting more pressure on the driver. Course management is important in order to put the ball in the right position to attack the pins. In addition some of the bunkering was expanded.

2019 3M Open | Matthew Wolff

Winning Score -21 (263)

A 20 year old Matthew Wolff captured the inaugural 3M Open title in only his third start on Tour. He won in dramatic style making a lengthy eagle putt from the fringe on the final hole to edge out Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau by one stroke.

“I’m really not an emotional guy, but tears came to my eyes”

Matthew Wolff
Matthew Wolff
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.20421
SGAPR9.4502
SGARG1.66218
SGP0.67539
SGT2G13.3151

Wolff excelled tee-to-green finishing 1st in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This translated to a gain of 13.315 strokes on the field average or just over 95% of his overall gain for the week. In particular his approach play was dialled-in. His Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green resulted in a gain of 9.450 strokes or two third of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include T31 for Driving Accuracy, 36th for Driving Distance, T6 for GIR and 6th in Putts per GIR.

2020 3M Open | Michael Thompson

Winning Score -19 (265)

Last year, Michael Thompson birdied his final hole for a two shot victory over Adam Long. Nine players finished in a tie for third. It was the 35 year old’s second PGA Tour victory to add to his 2013 Honda Classic title.

“This win validates the first win, it solidifies my presence on the PGA Tour and proves to my peers that I’m a threat every week and that’s what I want to be.”

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT-0.44988
SGAPR7.4274
SGARG-1.038T104
SGP7.2756
SGT2G5.94024

Thompson’s iron-play on approach set the foundation for his victory. He finished 4th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which translated to a gain of 7.427 strokes on the field average. His putter was hot also. He finished the week 6th in Strokes Gained Putting which contributed a gain of 7.275 strokes. Other stats for the week include T33 for Driving Accuracy, 97th for Driving Distance, T4 for GIR and T33 Putts per GIR.

Again this week, expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting.

3M Classic Betting Tips

Louis Oosthuizen golf betting tipsLouis Oosthuizen 14/1 (E/W) – sticking with the South African maestro again this week. This will be the 38 year old’s first look at TPC Twin Cities. His form is red-hot at the moment with runner-up finishes in both the US Open and PGA Championship and a T3 in last week’s Open Championship. Tops the pile in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 3rd on Tour for Scoring Average. This is only the third playing of the 3M Open which negates (to a certain degree) the importance of Event Form. Will there be scar-tissue after last week’s near miss? Yes, but he is a seasoned professional. Form is too hot to ignore.

Emiliano Grillo golf betting tipsEmiliano Grillo 33/1 (E/W) – made his debut appearance in last year’s edition of the 3M Open finishing T3. Ended a run of three consecutive MC’s with a T12 in last week’s Open Championship which suggests he has found something in his game. Statistically sound, the 28 year old Argentinian places 6th in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 5th on Tour for GIR and T1 for Proximity to Hole. If he brings his Open Championship form to TPC Twin Cities then he will have as good a chance as any this week. Good each way value.

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