Pat Mayo and Geoff Fienberg preview the course and run through the odds while making their 2022 3M Open Picks. The guys give their fantasy golf picks and provide their one-and-done strategy for the event from TPC Twin Cities. Plus, the guys recap the 2022 Open Championship.
2022 3M Open: Field
Field: 156 Players
Cut Line: Top 65 and Ties
First Tee: Thursday, July 21
Defending Champion: Cameron Champ
The combination of falling a week after the year’s final major and the presence of LIV Golf has left the 2022 3M Open with a less-than-star-studded field. Never one to have the strongest field anyway, but 3M Open regulars like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen and Matthew Wolff are not allowed to play. That leaves Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im and Tony Finau as the troika of top-tier talent remaining.
Following them is a quality tier of Adam Hadwin, Cameron Tringale, Ryan Palmer, JT Poston, Davis Riley, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Brendon Todd, Sahith Theegala, CT Pan, Troy Merritt, Tom Hoge, Brendan Steele, Erik Van Rooyen, Danny Willett, Doug Ghim, Emiliano Grillo, Stewart Cink, Jason Day, Cam Davis, Chris Gotterup, Garrick Higgo and last year’s winner, Cameron Champ.
Like with Matsuyama, rumors have been swirling about Rickie Fowler joining LIV Golf. However, it appears, as of now, neither are defecting based on their travel to Blaine, Minnesota.
In an order to create some sort of buzz, former tennis player Mardy Fish is in the field this week.
2022 3M Open: Key Stats
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Strokes Gained: Off The Tee
- Eagles Gained
- Par 4s 450-500 Yards Gained
Mayo’s Key Stats powered by FantasyNational.com
2022 3M Open: Course
- Course: TPC Twin Cities
- Par: 71
- Yardage: 7,431
- Greens: Bentgrass
2022 3M Open: Past Winners
- 2021: Cameron Champ -15
- 2020: Michael Thompson -19
- 2019: Matthew Wolff -21
2022 3M Open: Picks
Brendan Steele ($8,300)
After a brutal start to 2022, Steele has become a beacon of consistency over the past four months. Over the past 24 rounds, he leads all players in the field in driving, he’s second in approach, 10th in Par 5 scoring and 11th in Par 4 scoring. It just comes down to his putter. While it was a disaster last time out at the Travelers, it had been getting better. From January through THE PLAYERS he was losing an average of -2.7 SG: PUTT per start, but since that point, he’s only losing -1.6 in each event and comes in with three straight Top 25 finishes. Just wrangle the putter for a week, and he can pick up career win No. 4.
Chris Gotterup ($7,900)
Maybe going off as the betting favorite last time out in Kentucky wasn’t the best thing for the reigning Haskins and Jack Nicklaus Award winner. Live and learn. He’s back at a far more manageable price this week and has still shown flashes of the upside we want from a projected superstar talent. He’ll be inconsistent, certainly, but stick to the plan and hope to reap the rewards.
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