After making a rare stop in Michigan, we head to Minnesota for the first version of the 3M Open, an event that will be played at the TPC Twin Cities. Last week was forgettable with only one of our five golfers finishing inside the top-25. Two of the five golfers ended up missing the cut, which was rather surprising if we’re being honest. Hopefully this week is much more successful.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Hideki Matsuyama, +1100 - You can argue no player is hotter than Hideki Matsuyama, who has top-25 finishes in 11 of his last 14 events and is coming off a -15 showing last week in Detroit. Matsuyama hasn’t missed a cut since last years Open, and he’s now 22nd in greens in regulation percentage and 10th in birdie average. It’s only a matter of time before Matsuyama takes these performances and finishes them off with a victory. You can make a case he should be the favorite to win this week, making these odds worthwhile.
Patrick Reed, +2200 - Patrick Reed has been real up and down these last few months, but he was finally able to put things together last week with a -17 and a top-five finish in Detroit. It was Reed’s best performance in over a year and you know he’ll be eager to build on that as he hopes to get in top form with the Open right around the corner. The last time Reed finished in the top-10, he strung together three straight. I like the progress Reed is making.
Viktor Hovland, +3500 - Viktor Hovland has shown high level ball striking in his last several tournaments, but it was his short game last week that allowed him to finish -15 and produce a top-15 finish in Detroit. Hovland now has top-20 finishes in two of his last three events and will continue to push the leaderboard with the way he’s hitting the ball. Hovland won’t have these odds much longer in future tournaments if he continues this impressive stretch.
Tony Finau, +3300 - Tony Finau is riding three straight missed cuts since finishing runner-up at the Charles Schwab Challenge, so I can understand these somewhat steep odds. However, it’s likely only a matter of time before Finau snaps out of this funk and he’s gone from missing the cut to early winning before when he finished runner-up at last years Genesis Open. Finau also has family in Minnesota, so he’s familiar with the area and has practiced on this course multiple times as well. There’s a lot to like about this pick.
Keegan Bradley, +3500 - Keegan Bradley hasn’t made the cut back-to-back weeks since the Masters and New Orleans, so we have some things working against us. However, Bradley was highly impressive the last time we saw him, putting together a runner-up finish at the Travelers Championship. It was easily his best performance of the year and Bradley has a knack for either being really good or really poor. If Bradley gets off to a strong start, he can ride a wave of momentum to his first victory since last years BMW Championship.