3M Open Picks & Odds: Bet Taylor Pendrith, Garrick Higgo & Sungjae Im at TPC Twin Cities

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Via Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images. Pictured: Taylor Pendrith of Canada lines up a putt second hole during the first round of the Mexico Open at Vidanta on April 27, 2023 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

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Cameron Young+1500
Sungjae Im+1500
Tony Finau+1700
Hideki Matsuyama+1700
Emiliano Grillo+2400
Sepp Straka+2400
Justin Thomas+2700
Ludvig Aberg+3000
Cameron Davis+3200
Gary Woodland+3500
Adam Hadwin+3800
Aaron Rai+3800
Lucas Glover+3800

Sahith Theegala+4500
Stephan Jaeger+4500
J.T. Poston+4500
J.J. Spaun+5000
Nicolai Hojgaard+5000
Vincent Norrman+5500
Beau Hossler+5500
Patrick Rodgers+5500
Keith Mitchell+5500
Eric Cole+5500
Austin Eckroat+5500
Mark Hubbard+6000
Ryan Fox+6000
Justin Suh+6000
Taylor Pendrith+6500
Garrick Higgo+6500
Alex Noren+7500
Cameron Champ+7500
Greyson Sigg+8000
Tom Hoge+8500
Doug Ghim+8500
Matt Kuchar+9000
Adam Svensson+9000
Brandon Wu+9000
Lee Hodges+9000
Kevin Yu+9000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+10000
Taylor Montgomery+10000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+10000
Chez Reavie+10000
Sam Stevens+11000
Ryan Palmer+11000
Peter Kuest+11000
Davis Thompson+11000
Nick Hardy+12000
Billy Horschel+12000
Ben Griffin+12000
Will Gordon+12000
Matthew Nesmith+12000

Nate Lashley+14000
Sam Bennett+14000
Mackenzie Hughes+14000
Joel Dahmen+14000
Michael Kim+14000
S.H. Kim+14000
Dylan Wu+14000
Callum Tarren+14000
Chesson Hadley+14000
Matt Wallace+16000
Harry Hall+16000
C.T. Pan+16000
Carson Young+16000
Adam Long+16000
Kevin Streelman+17500
Ben Martin+17500
David Lipsky+17500
MJ Daffue+18500
Patton Kizzire+18500
Stewart Cink+18500
Andrew Novak+20000
Sam Ryder+20000
Chad Ramey+20000
James Hahn+20000
Ryan Gerard+20000
Erik van Rooyen+20000
Justin Lower+22500
Carl Yuan+22500
Troy Merritt+22500
Charley Hoffman+25000
Trey Mullinax+30000
Scott Piercy+30000
Tyler Duncan+30000
Robby Shelton+30000
Zac Blair+30000

Lanto Griffin+32500
Ryan Moore+32500
Austin Smotherman+32500
Peter Malnati+32500
Doc Redman+35000
Zecheng Dou+35000
Frankie Capan III+35000
Kevin Tway+35000
Aaron Baddeley+35000
Harry Higgs+35000
Martin Laird+35000
Jimmy Walker+35000
Ryan Armour+35000
Trevor Cone+35000
Augusto Nunez+40000
Russell Knox+40000
Brice Garnett+40000
Henrik Norlander+44000
Kramer Hickok+45000
Matti Schmid+45000
Tano Goya+45000
Cameron Percy+45000
Brent Grant+45000
Kevin Roy+45000
Nicolas Echavarria+60000
Harrison Endycott+60000
Satoshi Kodaira+60000
Ben Taylor+60000
Richy Werenski+60000
Brandt Snedeker+60000
Sean O'Hair+60000
Jonathan Byrd+60000
Kelly Kraft+60000
Jason Dufner+60000
Cody Gribble+60000
Robert Streb+60000
Preston Summerhays+60000

Hank Lebioda+75000
Jim Herman+75000
Andrew Landry+75000
Austin Cook+75000
Caleb VanArragon+100000
Paul Haley II+100000
Scott Harrington+100000
Kyle Westmoreland+100000
Michael Gligic+100000
Derek Hitchner+100000
Tyson Alexander+100000
Matthias Schwab+100000
Dylan Frittelli+100000
Ryan Brehm+100000
Martin Trainer+100000
Max McGreevy+125000
Brandon Matthews+125000
Brian Gay+125000
Trevor Werbylo+125000
Brian Stuard+125000
Nick Watney+200000
David Hearn+250000
Eric Rolland+300000
Thomas Lehman+300000
Chad Collins+300000

We’re on to Minnesota for the 2023 3M Open.

As major championship season closes, the PGA Tour descends into what can only be called a controlled lull for a few weeks, with tournaments that are less about star-power and more about playoff pushes.

There’s not a whole lot we learned at Royal Liverpool that should leave us prepped and ready for TPC Twin Cities, but there’s plenty we’ve gleaned in the past four editions of this tournament to point us in the right direction.

Really, we only need to look at the winners’ list, which includes Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ and Tony Finau – an unsubtle hint that banging driver long and straight is even more advantageous here than most other venues, despite playing just over 7,200 yards. That said, driving distance is just a bit less important here than at the average PGA Tour stop, but Strokes Gained: Off the Tee receives a fairly large bump in relevance.

I’ll be targeting those who are best with the big stick in their hands, starting with a few guys at bigger opening odds, essentially allowing us to build a bigger card and take a few more outright chances than usual.

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Outright Winner (Short odds)

One player to win the tournament

Taylor Pendrith (+6000)

As will be pointed out more than once this week, my outright selection with short odds doesn’t have odds that are very short, and my outright selection with long odds doesn’t have odds that are very long. Maybe it’s that Brian Harman recency bias having an impact, but I believe this is a nice week to look further down the board for a player with a juicier number.

That doesn’t mean one of the bigger names can’t win – Cameron Young (+1400) and Sungjae Im (+2200) are both players I considered for this spot – but I ultimately landed on Taylor Pendrith at 3-4 times the price and (in my opinion) inside of one-quarter to one-third of their win probability.

The Canadian tends to heat up during the summer months. Last year, he returned in July after missing four months due to injury and promptly finished inside the top 15 in each of his next four starts.

After a poor start to this year, he now owns a pair of top-15 results in his last three starts, again hitting that summer trend.

Sure, maybe there’s something to the fact that this time of year also tends to coincide with some inferior fields, but that’s the case again this week on a course which should fit his game nicely.

Outright Winner (Long odds)

One player to win the tournament

Garrick Higgo (+8000)

Over the past few months, Garrick Higgo has started doing the Si Woo Kim thing. What I mean is that he’s transformed from a high-upside, high-volatility type of player to a more consistent one, though he doesn’t yet own as consistently high of a baseline as Kim.

Higgo has gained strokes off the tee in 11 of his last 12 starts and not coincidentally owns five results of 33rd or better during that time. The real issue with picking him for an outright is that he hasn’t seriously challenged for a title since the second event on the PGA Tour’s season-long schedule back in early October, but the South African has shown an ability to climb a leaderboard in a hurry when he’s playing his best golf.

At this number, I like taking a chance on this being one of those weeks. Perhaps more importantly, though, is that starting the card with a couple of players who own longer odds should open up the options to a few more outrights than usual, which means I’ll also include some combination of Eric Cole (+5500), Adam Svensson (+7000), Austin Eckroat (+8000), Sam Stevens (+10000), Kevin Yu (+10000), Callum Tarren (+11000) and Erik Van Rooyen (+30000).

Other OADers

Potential selections for one-and-done pools

Sepp Straka (+3500)

When odds were first released on Monday morning, this was the number that stuck out as one that all the early birds would hammer, instantly rendering a shorter price. I mean, Sepp Straka is coming off a victory at the John Deere Classic and a share of second place at The Open in his last two starts, so the form is certainly there.

While I love his game, I’m not so sure I can see him winning again so quickly, though his form should keep him in the mix, making him one of the less volatile options if you’re either staying away from the top of this board or have already used up the big names for OADs.

Cam Davis (+4000)

If you asked people to name which player had the worst week at Royal Liverpool, the popular answer would be either Justin Thomas or Dustin Johnson.

In truth, though, it might be Cam Davis, who despite being ranked 55th in the world and finishing T4 at the PGA Championship two months ago, didn’t even get a chance to tee it up, hanging out all week as first alternate while nobody else withdrew from the field.

Maybe that should serve as motivation for this week, or maybe he’s just a strong course fit, considering he won at Detroit GC two years ago on what qualifies as a comparable track.

Eric Cole (+5500)

I love the immediacy in Eric Cole’s game. Even if you didn’t know he was a 34-year-old rookie who’s spent much of the past decade-and-a-half on the mini tours, you could watch him play and guess it, as he competes like a guy who doesn’t have much time to waste.

He got into contention at the Honda Classic earlier this year and lost in a playoff, but I can’t wait to see him get into contention again because I think he’s got a lot of Brian Harman in him, with the ability to play mad and pull off the shots when they mean the most.

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Top Five

One player to finish in the top five

Sungjae Im (+375 for top-five finish)

As I’ve written previously, something a little weird happened to Sungjae Im after he decided to make what seemed like a weird decision to play in his native South Korea prior to the PGA Championship, though I’m sure it was a combination of pleasing a sponsor and pleasing the home country supporters.

He’d finished 16th or better in each of his five starts before that trip, then won in Korea, but upon his return there were rumors of an injury – or at least some physical discomfort. He missed the cut at Oak Hill then proceeded to finish outside of the top 20 in each of his next six starts.

Finally, last week he looked a bit closer to his usual self, finishing exactly T20 at Royal Liverpool. Returning to a place where he was T2 a year ago should give him some good vibes once again, and I can see another title contention.

Top 10

One player to finish in the top 10

Kevin Yu (+750 for top-10 finish)

Despite missing four months due to injury, Kevin Yu continues to be a statistical phenomenon, ranking third on the PGA Tour in SG: Off the Tee and 11th in SG: Tee to Green.

He’s not going to putt well every week, but when he does, he’s going to contend, as he did at the John Deere Classic a few weeks ago. He gained 1.81 strokes putting per round there in a T6 finish when his tee to green numbers weren’t even their usual baseline.

Right now, the 24-year-old is still a bit of an unknown to the masses, but he’s going to be very good for a very long time. This feels like a smart week to make a play on that ball-striking prowess.

Top 20

One player to finish in the top 20

Keith Mitchell (+210 for top-20 finish)

Lost amongst my own personal blind faith in Keith Mitchell’s abilities and impending leap into the next echelon of high-level players is the fact that, well, he just hasn’t played very well. It’s honestly been pretty ugly, as he’s finished outside the top 30 in 11 of his last 12 starts.

Perhaps the oddsmakers like him as much as I do – or maybe they’re just preying on the fact that I’ll usually have a little outright nibble – but it says something about Mitchell that he’s fared this poorly, and yet he’s still 35/1 this week.

What it says, exactly, I’m not completely sure, but it definitely says something.

If there’s a bit of reason for optimism, it’s that his iron play has been much improved in his last few measured starts, while his poor play around the greens should be mitigated by larger putting surfaces at TPC Twin Cities.

Top 30

One player to finish in the top 30

Erik Van Rooyen (+320 for top-30 finish)

Let’s just say I’m very, very interested in Erik Van Rooyen from every perspective this week. A South African with Minnesota ties, he’s been ranked as high as 40th in the world, but his game has struggled over the past two years.

That said, a furious back-nine finish at last week’s Barracuda Championship left him in a share of sixth place and should give him good vibes at what is essentially a homecoming party this week.

I’m listing him for the conservative play here, but an outright ticket at 300/1 on a guy who knows how to win at this level will certainly be part of my card.

Top 40

One player to finish top-40

Caleb VanArragon (+800 for top-40 finish)

Look, I don't profess to know a huge amount about Caleb VanArregon, and I certainly can't break down the best and worst parts of his game.

But here's what I do know: He's a local kid who won the Minnesota Open by nine strokes, then he won the Minnesota State Amateur by 12. I don't know how any of that will translate against a field of PGA Tour regulars, but he obviously has plenty of game.

I'm looking forward to watching it on this stage.

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Cameron Young

Before the odds were released, I thought Cameron Young at something around 20/1 might be my favorite outright play, but 14/1 is simply too short for a player who still has some questions to answer.

That said, a pair of top-10s in his last two starts should have us forgetting that mid-April to late-June swoon where he finished outside the top 30 in seven straight starts.

Young appears to be back playing his usual brand of no-nonsense golf, and while I don’t want to pay up for an outright on a player who’s yet to win at this level, this should be another very strong week for a guy who probably feels like he’s got some catching up to do.

DFS Mid-Tier

A medium-priced option for DFS lineups

Adam Svensson

A six-event drought of nothing better than 40th place ended with Adam Svensson finishing T21 at the John Deere Classic a few weeks ago, and while he doesn’t have a great track record after taking a week off, getting to take two of them off in a row after a lengthy run of play should leave him more rested than many of his fellow competitors.

DFS ‘Dog

A lower-priced option for DFS lineups

Callum Tarren

The truth is, I like Callum Tarren more this week than simply “burying” him under the DFS ‘Dog category – especially because he tends to be a high-ceiling/low-floor type of player.

If it’s good, it can be very good, as we saw in last year’s edition of this event, when he finished in a share of seventh place. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle him throughout the card for some more aggressive plays, as well.

First-Round Leader

One player to post the low round Thursday

Sam Stevens (+8000 for FRL)

Entering the season, the knock I’d heard on Sam Stevens – if you could even call it a knock on a rookie who’d yet to play on the PGA Tour – is that he was a strong starter and potentially weak finisher, though I’ll chalk up his final-round scoring average rank of 184th to just being part of the learning process.

He does rank more than 100 spots higher in the opening frame, and while he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven Thursday rounds, he does have a 65, a 66 and a few 67s to his name.

If you don’t want to play this much of a longshot here, then Emiliano Grillo, who ranks 39th in first-round scoring average, makes some sense, as well.

Matchup Man

One player who should beat comparable players

Austin Eckroat (+8000)

I easily could’ve listed Austin Eckroat for one of my fave outright plays this week – and if this event was taking place a month earlier, I probably would have. Starting with the AT&T Byron Nelson, the Oklahoma State product finished 2nd-16th-30th-10th-24th in five straight starts.

He’s cooled off a little, perhaps fatigued in a missed cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and not quite experienced enough on the links in a T65 at the Scottish Open.

That shouldn’t hide the fact that his best golf took place very recently, and he should still be running hot, despite those two latest results. I’ll play him for an outright before this number moves (and I think it will), and he certainly makes for a nice matchup target against some similarly priced players.

Also Receiving Votes

Other players who should provide value

Ludvig Aberg (+3500), Sahith Theegala (+3500), Gary Woodand (+3500), Nicolai Hojgaard (+5000), Carson Young (+18000), Carl Yuan (+20000), Trevor Cone (+25000), Brent Grant (+40000)

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