The PGA Tour will head to Minnesota this week for the 2020 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. It is just the second tournament since the return of golf that has remained in its original spot on the calendar. Much of the past excitement of the event came from young players that would participate, and this year will be no different.
The 2020 3M Open will be a lot different from last week’s Memorial Tournament, which was filled with heavyweights, as the golf stars will rest a week out from the WGC Invitational and two weeks out from the PGA Championship. The lack of star power will give the odds a very different look.
Matthew Wolff notched his first Tour victory less than a month after turning pro last year and will defend his title as the 3M Open begins. He will face several contenders to win again.
Dustin Johnson, currently ranked fourth in the world, is the favorite to win it all. Most sportsbooks established him as the one to beat at TPC Twin Cities since he has won the Travelers Championship and has been in good form since the return of golf.
Among the players joining Johnson and Wolff in the 2020 3M Open field are Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka. Finau was the first-round leader and held a three-stroke lead at the Memorial, but struggled over the weekend and finished in eighth. Koepa also made the cut at the Memorial, but finished T62 at 12-over for the tournament.
One of the most intriguing participants from this Tour is Tommy Fleetwood. He is also one of the main contenders in the Tour, who is playing for the first time since March. The English star shot 78 in Round 1 in the Players Championship in March before the event was canceled.
He took five top 11s in six events into the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Many golf experts expected him to come back later, but with the WGC and PGA Championship happening, he decided to join the Tour.
The course at TPC Twin Cities measures at 7,468 yards and will be played as par 71. Golfers will see 27 water hazards in play and there are three Par 5’s that are all above average in length, 600 yards. There are a lot of Par 4’s with three drivable courses.
The golf course might seem easier than others and players can underestimate it since Wolff won the tournament with -21 last year. However, the real challenge in Minnesota will be the weather.
SportsLine’s Prediction Model
SportsLine’s prediction model has made incredible predictions since the return of the PGA Tour in June. It made predictions like Bryson DeChambeau winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic and Webb Simpson finishing top five in the RBC Heritage, which he actually won.
According to the model, Brooks Koepka, a four-time champion and one of the top favorites in sportsbooks, falls short of winning it all as he struggled throughout this season. He finished top-10 only once and missed the cut at the Workday Charity Open. He also finished 62nd at the Memorial tournament.
A surprising prediction that the model made was that Doc Redman has a strong chance of winning it all. He has three top 25 finishes in his last four starts, finishing 11th in the Traveler’s Championship after the restart and 13th in the Houston Open before the hiatus.