Original article published 17 October 2022
After Cameron Smith's fantastic victory in The Open at St Andrews last week, the PGA Tour heads back Stateside for the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota.
Cameron Champ will be defending the title he won with a two-shot success last year and is among a field of 156 hopefuls hoping to take the crown, the highest ranked of which is former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama.
TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota, USA
12:50, Thursday 21st July 2022
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|Odds:||Hideki Matsuyama 16/1, Tony Finau 16/1, Sungjae Im 18/1, Davis Riley 22/1, Adam Hadwin 22/1|
Following a gruelling outing at the home of golf last week, it is no surprise that many of the biggest names in the game will be giving this tournament a swerve, but that provides a chance for others to gain valuable FedEx Cup points and priceless qualification exemptions.
Matsuyama, who is officially the 14th best player in the world, is the highest-ranked entrant and he will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 68th in the final Major of the season.
But he will have his supporters at 16/1, especially as he was fourth the last time he played in the States at the US Open and he was tied for seventh in his only previous appearance in this tournament in 2019.
Tony Finau, who performed decently last week without genuinely challenging for the Claret Jug, is available at 16/1 and he found Twin Cities to his liking when he finished in a tie for third in 2020.
Champ will head into his defence of the title, which was his third PGA Tour triumph, having missed the cut in his last five tournaments and he is 60/1 to be galvanised to glory by these familiar surroundings.
This will be the fourth year that the 3M Open is held at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, which is a 7,431-yard long par 71, which features three par fives and four par threes.
It was designed by the great Arnold Palmer and opened in 2000, with mature oaks and spruces lining the fairways.
Water comes into play on most of the holes while the greens are bentgrass, large and tend to undulate.
Bryson DeChambeau, Scott Piercy, 2019 champion Matthew Wolff, who is not playing this week, and Lucas Glover have all carded rounds of 62 on the track and it should not represent a difficult task for players of this quality, so long as their putter behaves itself.
David Riley gained two victories on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020 and it looks only a matter of time before he claims a first success at this higher level.
Riley, who is 22/1 to win this week, has had an excellent rookie season in which the closest he has come to a win was losing a playoff to Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship.
Other commendable performances have been fifth at the Mexico Open, ninth at the Byron Nelson, 13th at the US PGA Championship, fourth at Colonial and 13th at the Memorial.
A three-week break could have done him the world of good and, on a course that he can attack, the world number 78 can flourish among what is not the strongest of fields.
Australian Cam Davis is 25/1 for glory this week and is another player who has been knocking at the door.
He hit a 64 in the final round of this tournament last year and was 12th in 2020, so this is a track upon which he has proved he can perform well.
That position two years ago came after four straight missed cuts and his current form contrasts greatly.
Davis has finished in the top ten in four of his last eight starts, including a sixth spot at last week’s Barracuda Championship, while third at the Heritage, seventh at Colonial and eighth at the John Deere are also impressive recent results.
Rickie Fowler has been out of sorts for a while and rumours abound that he could soon be heading to the LIV Tour, but he could represent some decent value this week at 60/1.
The six-time PGA Tour winner needs a good result to ensure his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs and there have been signs of life lately with top-25 finishes at the Wells Fargo and the US PGA.
He also hit 64 in his opening round at Twin Cities last year, so the former Players champion could be about to roll back the years.