Pamela Maldonado gives her top picks for the 3M Open from TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota.
PAMELA MALDONADO: The PGA is starting to wind down, but not before the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota this week. It is a par 71, over 7,400 yards, and an Arnold Palmer design with some assist from Tom Lehman. The course, it was once a sod farm, but now it is an 18-hole course with a loads of hazards, lots of bunkers, lots of water, and bent grass greens.
Looking at the odds, Tony Finau does lead the field at 14 to 1 odds, followed by Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Maverick McNealy, and Adam Hadwin to close out the top five. Some of the stats that I'm utilizing for this week, since it is a weak field, on an easy course, that could make things difficult. However, I am sticking to the ball strikers who can work their way around the green and putt. I'm looking for players that can eagle and birdie.
The two players that I like to contend this week for the 3M Open, starting first with Nick Hardy. Plus 225 for a top 20, 45 to 1 for a win. In his last 24 rounds, Hardy is fifth in strokes gained off the tee, top 10 in strokes gained ball striking, is second in strokes gained putting, and second in strokes gained total. Plus Hardy has gained strokes around the green in back-to-back events.
With some of his solid play, Hardy did finish 14th at the US Open, and followed that up with a T8 at the Travelers. And just finished T13 last week at the Barracuda. Hardy has been a solid and consistent player since missing the cut at the Valero in early April. So I like my chances for him to finish in the top 20, and even better at 45 to 1 for a win.
Player two is Sahith Theegala. Plus 135 for a top 20, 22 to 1 for a win. Now his stats aren't anything that intriguing, but he is top 10 in strokes gained tee to green. He does have a T5 at the Memorial, and a T2 in the Travelers. What has me intrigued with Theegala is he has gained strokes off the tee and around the green in five straight events.
Even more, after losing putting in five straight events, Theegala has since turned things around and has either gained or been neutral in four of his last five. Now volatility is the name of the game for golf in the PGA. If you're looking for an outright, and Theegala definitely comes with that, which means he could also come with a high ceiling.
So there's the two players that I like to contend this week for the 3M Open. Looking first to Nick Hardy and Sahith Theegala. You can find odds for both players and more at the Yahoo Sportsbook. Bet $10 and win $200 in free bets by signing up at BetMGM.com/YahooVIP. New customers only, must be 21 or older, and terms do apply.