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Horses for Courses: 3M Open

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Horses For Courses

    Written by Mike Glasscott @MikeGlasscott

    All-time moments from the John Deere Classic

    The "3" in 3M has never been more prevalent as the 3M Open is the first of three final regular season events before the FedExCup Playoffs and the top 125 are set.

    Those on the outside looking in will have the pressure squarely on their shoulders at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. The first goal is remaining or entering the top 125 to secure playing privileges for next year. Those hovering around the No. 70 mark know that being inside of that number means at trip to the BMW Championship in playoff event No. 2. The Holy Grail is being in the top 30 after the BMW Championship as the folks who head to East Lake for The TOUR Championship are exempt for everything and are eligible for the biggest FedExCup bonuses.

    Every week, every point matters to somebody.

    The third edition, won last year by big hitting Cameron Champ, continued a trend as the winner's score has decreased each season since the inaugural edition.

    Fairways that were reduced in size after the 2018 renovation were firm and fast last year and balls were rolling into four inches of Bluegrass/Fescue. Combine playing from gnarly lies and having water in play on 15 of the 18 holes and a new challenge was presented. Blaine has received just over an inch of rain this month so I would expect similar conditions for this edition.

    The 6,500 square foot greens give ample recovery space but nobody likes standing over 80 footers all day either. Or navigating how ball are going to jump out of the rough and cross those multiple water penalty areas.

    Finding the fairways leads to better scoring chances and so does attacking the Par-4 holes. No winner has been in the top 10 of Par-5 scoring.

    Matthew Wolff (not entered) holds the tournament record on 23-under 261 and is the only first time winner. The inaugural event in 2019 saw four players post the course record, 62, including Scott Piercy and Lucas Glover. In 2020, 63 was the lowest round while 64 was the best in 2021.

    A full field of 156 will be chasing a prize pool of $7.1 million with the winner taking home $1.278 million plus 500 FedExCup points.

    Let's find some horses for courses!

    Horses for Courses

    Recent Winners
    Entered this week (cuts made/events entered)
    Top 10Top 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    Cameron Champ (1/2)11+5000; +500
    Michael Thompson (3/3)11+6600; +650
    Noise Makers
    Entered this week (cuts made/events entered)
    Top 10Top 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    Adam Hadwin (2/2)22+2500; +225
    Ryan Armour (2/3)11+12500; +900
    Brian Stuard (1/1)11+25000; +1600
    Adam Long (2/3)12+3300; +300
    Cameron Tringale (3/3)12+2800; +275
    Tony Finau (3/3)12+1400; +140
    Richy Werenski (2/3)11+30000; +2500
    Emiliano Grillo (1/2)11+5000; +450
    Wyndham Clark (1/3)11+5000; +500
    Troy Merritt (2/3)11+8000; +550
    Lucas Glover (1/2)11+8000; +700
    Hideki Matsuyama (1/1)11+1600; +150
    Leaderboard Lurkers
    Entered this week
    Top 10Top 252022 BET MGM ODDS
    Win, Top 10, Top 20
    Brice Garnett (3/3)33+10000; +750
    Bo Hoag (2/2)22+15000; +1400
    Roger Sloan (2/3)22+30000; +2000
    Cam Davis (2/3)12+2500; +240
    Nick Watney (2/3)12+35000; +2500
    Chez Reavie (1/1)11+3300; +333
    Adam Svensson (1/1)11+4000; +400
    Sungjae Im (1/1)11+1600; +150
    Jason Dufner (3/3)02+30000; +2200
    Maverick Mcnealy (1/1)11+2200; +200
    Doug Ghim (1/2)11+8000; +600
    Sam Ryder (2/3)12+15000; +1100
    Aaron Baddeley (2/2)11+30000; +2500
    Hank Lebioda (2/2)02+12500; +900
    Patton Kizzire (3/3)02+8000; +750
    Henrik Norlander (1/1)11+20000; +1400

    Odds sourced on Tuesday, July 19th at 2 p.m. ET. For live odds visit betmgm.



    Cameron Champ (WIN) is known for his power but he led the field in Putting en route to his victory. ... Ryan Armour (T6) shared the 36 hole lead. ... Adam Hadwin (T6) matched Armour's 65 in Round 2 and played with him in the final group on Saturday. ... Brian Stuard (T6) debut here included T2 GIR and T4 Fairways plus a second round 64, co-low round of the week. ... Chez Reavie (T11) sat just two shots off the 54 hole lead. ... Cameron Tringale (T16) and Maverick McNealy (T16) played in the final group on Sunday and posted 74 and 73 respectfully. ... Roger Sloan (T16), Rickie Fowler (T34) and Troy Merritt (T39) shared the first round lead after posting 64. ... The top 15 players were 10-under or better. ... 29 bogey free rounds. ... Scoring average 70.436.


    Michael Thompson (WIN) led, co-led or was in one shot after every round as he won by two and for the second time on TOUR. ... Adam Long (2nd) backed up his T25 2019 as he closed 63-64 to miss by two shots. ... Tony Finau (T3) posted T23 in 2021 and T28 in 2019 and carries a 68.00 average here. ... Emiliano Grillo (T3) closed 64-65 before MC in 2021. ... Cameron Tringale (T3) closed 63-66 to storm up the board on the weekend. ... Richy Werenski (T3) played in the final group Sunday after opening the week with 63 on Thursday. ... Cam Davis (T12) closed with 64 last year for T28. ...... Top 40 players were 10-under or better. ... 25 bogey free rounds. ... Scoring average 69.948.


    Adam Hadwin (4th) has played this event twice and his worst finish is T6 in 2021. ... Wyndham Clark (T5) squared only four bogeys on debut but has left early the last two seasons. ... Lucas Glover (T7) became the last player to post 62 here as he closed with that score in Round 4. ... Emiliano Grillo (T3) closed 64-65 before MC in 2021. ... Hideki Matsuyama (T7) racked up a top 10 in his only event here as it preceded The Open by two weeks. ... Troy Merritt (T7) grew up in the area and has never missed in three visits... Scott Piercy (T15) set the course record in Round 1 with 62. ... Top 52 players were 10-under or better. ... 44 bogey free rounds. ... Scoring average 69.455.

    Recent Event Winners Stats

    WinnnerCameron ChampMichael ThompsonMatthew Wolff
    Pre Tournament Odds+12500+12500+12500
    Disantance - All Drives17545
    Driving AccuarcyT49T22T31
    Putting: Birdie or Better %5293
    SG: Off-the-Tee395121
    SG: Approach-the-Green1942
    SG: Around-the-Green505318
    SG: Putting1139
    SG: Tee-to-Green27171
    Bogey AvoidanceT1T1T25
    Par-3 ScoringT1T23T32
    Par-4 ScoringT2T1T1
    Par-5 ScoringT57T17T11
    BirdiesT2 (21) T7 (22) T1 (26)
    Eagles00T5 (1)

    Key stat leaders

    Top golfers in each statistic on the 2021-22 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week;

    Par 4 Scoring
    3Nate Lashley
    8Sungjae Im
    8Hideki Matsuyama
    15Ryan Armour
    15Adam Long
    15Matthias Scwab
    24Tony Finau
    24Mark Hubbard
    32Wyndham Clark
    32Tyler Duncan
    Strokes Gained: Putting
    3Brendon Todd
    6Beau Hossler
    14Adam Long
    16Kelly Kraft
    20Troy Merritt
    23Martin Trainer
    25Chesson Hadley
    26Wyndham Clark
    27Matthias Schwab
    33Maverick McNealy
    36Mark Hubbard
    Bogey Avoidance
    1Mark Hubbard
    3Sungjae Im
    5Jonathan Byrd
    14Hideki Matsuyama
    17Adam Long
    20Brendon Todd
    21Tony Finau
    23Ryan Armour
    24Greyson Sigg
    25Adam Hadwin