The next stop on the PGA Tour is the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities, which is headed by former world number one Dustin Johnson.
The American lost his top spot to Jon Rahm at The Open Championship last week. However, he’s more focused on winning his first tournament since the Masters in November.
Looking to beat DJ are the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed, who have been well-backed in online betting markets.
It’s only the third edition of the 3M Open, so one player will add his name alongside Matthew Wolff and Michael Thompson.
3M Open Top Pick – Dustin Johnson
Eight months without wins is a long time between drinks for Dustin Johnson. We’re used to seeing him win more often, but he could break the drought this week.
The 37-year-old is a 24-time winner on the PGA Tour and he comes off a top 10 finish at The Open. He played well throughout the week, but he never had a realistic chance of winning his third major.
A major problem for Johnson has been his driving accuracy. He has always been one of the longest hitters on Tour, but finding the fairways is important.
“For me, I feel like most of it’s going to be driving. If I can drive it well, then I feel like I’m going to have a really good week,” Johnson told Business World Online.
“I’ve always been a long hitter, but I’m not trying to hit it any further, I’m trying to hit it straighter.”
Dustin Johnson is starting to sizzle 🔥
DJ is currently +1200 to win #TheOpen
— GolfBet (@GolfBet) July 16, 2021
He ranks 17th on the PGA Tour for strokes-gained off-the-tee and 16th in tee-to-green. However, there are areas where Johnson would love to improve.
He is 131st in driving accuracy and 73rd in strokes-gained putting. Driving accuracy is a key reason why Johnson hasn’t added to his winning record lately, but despite his woes off the tee, he’s second in scoring average at 69.5.
Golf betting markets have Johnson at +700 to win the 3M Open – the only player quoted at single-figure odds. He is the best player in the field and we think he’s due a win.
Pick: Dustin Johnson +700
3M Open Next Best – Tony Finau
Tony Finau is a supremely talented golfer, but he’s becoming an enigma. He hasn’t won since 2016 when he topped the Puerto Rico Open.
Even his lone PGA Tour win came when the best players in the world weren’t in the field, so the Salt Lake City native has a point to prove.
Finau played well at Royal St. George’s, finishing T15 and shooting three under in the final round. He is getting close to scoring the elusive win, but there is a lot of pressure to perform.
“I went through seven years of playing mini-tour golf, I know what it tastes like when you don’t even have a place to play and aren’t making any money,” Finau told The New York Times. “Taking second on the PGA Tour is tough, but not when you compare it to what life is really like outside of the PGA Tour.
“People are making a big deal about me not winning. People want me to win and expect me to win, and that’s great. It’s life and it has just made me tougher. I want to win, too. But to do that, I have to keep putting my name near the top, shut out the noise and play as well as I can every time I’m there.”
We’re keeping the faith with Finau and we’re happy with the +1400 odds. He is a risky bet because he doesn’t pay off bettors with consistent wins, but he always gives a good sight and that’s all we could ask for.
He should also be included in top 10 betting markets where bettors get handsome odds.
Pick: Tony Finau +1400
3M Open Best Value – Cameron Tringale
We have been patiently waiting for Cameron Tringale to win his first solo PGA Tour tournament and now could be the time to jump on board.
The 33-year-old, and former roommate of Rickie Fowler, won the Franklin Templeton Shootout with Jason Day in 2014, but he has yet to win a tournament by himself.
His recent form has been encouraging, including a T26 at The Open and a T14 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. His best finish this season came at the Valspar Championship when running third behind Sam Burns and Keegan Bradley, so the talent is there.
Cameron Tringale being priced at shorter odds than Matthew Wolff to win the 3M Open is an actual crime against humanity.
— PGA Tout (@PGATout) July 19, 2021
Tringale is on the sixth line of betting at +2500, which is unheard of. We’re not the only ones thinking he could win this week, so include him in selections.