STAR PREVIEW: 3M Open with BLUE HORSESHOE

I believe many of the players on the PGA Tour will be absolutely delighted to see Muirfield golf club in their rear vison mirror after last week’s carnage. This week we wind our way down the road to Minnesota for the 3M Open. The tournament is held at TPC Twin Cities and is a par 71, measuring 7,431 yards. Last year Matt Wolff won his maiden PGA title here with a thrilling eagle on the 18th hole, snatching the title from one, Bryson DeChambeau, who is not playing the event this year.

It’s a bit of a Disneyland sort of golf course with water and bunkers sprinkled all over the place like some theme park designers gone mad. This week driving distance off the tee comes into play at this longer, straighter, wider layout. The course will not punish a golfer too badly if he runs into the less penal rough than at Muirfield and getting it well out there will give the long hitters a good shot at picking up lots of shots on the more generous, slower greens than last week.

Using that logic the obvious shout here is Dustin Johnson, but I refuse to back him at 10/1. As you probably know about me by now, I like my selections with a little more spice than that. Hence last week’s place results for Matt Wallace and Jason Day who started at 150/1 and 60/1 respectively, was sweet indeed.

Blue Horseshoe Loves

Sam Burns currently at 40/1 with starsports.bet

I picked Burns in week one at Muirfield at 175/1. He played beautifully for the first three rounds and was in tie for third on the final day, only to be undone by a calamitous seven on the first hole on Sunday. That completely scuppered his chances, but I like him to be up there again this week. He’s super long and he’s proven at this venue, having tied for seventh here last year. The only danger with Burns is he can be a bit all over the shop with his driver, but his game has been trending very well this season and he’s a seriously classy young player. I think 40/1 is decent each way value for seven places.

Matthew Wolff currently at 25/1 with starsports.bet

Let’s be clear about one thing. I HATE this guys swing. But I’m going to put that aside this week for the fact that he is the defending champ at this tournament, and he hits it a country mile, which served him so well here last year. He’s also coming off a superb performance at the Rocket Mortgages classic, where he finished second, and a very solid display at a brutal Muirfield last week, where he finished tied for 22nd position.

Henrik Norlander currently at 55/1 with starsports.bet

I like the cut of this young mans jib. He played his college golf for Augusta and helped his team to win a NCAA Division Championship. He tied for fifth late last year at the RSM Classic and put up an outstanding display to tie for sixth last week at the Memorial. He’s currently placed thirteenth on tour for driving accuracy and his game looks like it’s in a great place. He could be well placed to pick up for where he left of last week and go well again at a nice price.

Seamus Power currently at 225/1 with starsports.bet

I was impressed with how Seamus Power played at the Rocket Mortgages Classic. He finished tied for 12th and was right in the mix for the lead in the final round, when a couple of sloppy mistakes cost him dearly. His game looked in good nick though and he’s in the top thirty on tour for driving distance, so that will help him here. I’m throwing Power in for place value at 225/1 as I’ve had good success with long priced place value picks coming in over the last couple of weeks.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK SAM BURNS 1.5 pt each way at 40/1 with starsports.bet
BACK MATTHEW WOLFF 1.5 pt each way at 25/1 with starsports.bet
BACK HENRIK NORLANDER 1.5 pt each way at 55/1 with starsports.bet
BACK SEAMUS POWER 1 pt each way at 225/1 with starsports.bet

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