From the Home of Golf to the Home of the Juicy Lucy, the PGA TOUR heads to the Twin Cities this week for the 3M Open.
The host layout is TPC Twin Cities and it's been used in each of the last three editions.
What we know from watching the past three years is that water is a serious problem from tee-to-green. Yet, power is rewarded. Targeting big hitters on a water-heavy course is the recipe for volatile results but it will also lead you to a likely winner.
Whether you're bombing it off the tee or plodding your way around carefully, low scores are required at TPC Twin Cities. The course has yielded birdie or better on roughly 23 percent of holes played. The best way to keep up in a birdiefest is to strike it steady but a hot putter is also useful. We will end by looking at historical putting stats.
Drive for Dough
When you look at past contenders at TPC Twin Cities you see names like Cameron Champ and Matthew Wolff as winners. You see names like Bryson DeChambeau, Keith Mitchell, and Jhonattan Vegas all having close calls.
Even with water lurking everywhere, this tells us that power can be used to pick up some strokes around this Arnold Palmer design.
Let's see who has the highest adjusted driving distance over the last three months of action:
Chris Gotterup ($20): This is a layup, plug-and-play given the salary assigned to Gotterup this week. The youngster has already proven he has top-10 upside on the PGA TOUR with a couple this season (7th at the Puerto Rico Open and 4th at the John Deere Classic).
The bentgrass greens at TPC Twin Cities have gotten rave reviews in recent editions.
"You can really make a lot of putts because the greens are in perfect shape." -Phil Mickelson
Let's look into the database to see who putts well when heading to courses with bentgrass surfaces.
Here are the top performers in strokes gained putting on courses with bentgrass greens, over the last two years:
Troy Merritt ($33): The Iowa native has top 10s in 22 of his 280 career starts on the PGA TOUR. That is a very strong ratio and one of those came at the inaugural 3M Open back in 2019. He is comfortable in the Midwest and could use a nice spark before the FedExCup Playoffs.
Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!