Golf Picks for the Unpredictable 3M Open: Rodgers, Frittelli, English Offer Weekend Value
Stacy Revere/Getty Images. Pictured: Patrick Rodgers
Did you load up with pre-tournament outright bets on Richy Werenski and Michael Thompson? Fill up DFS lineups with Xinjun Zhang and Bo Van Pelt? Completely fade Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Other than the likes of Tony Finau and Matthew Wolff offering a flicker of hope, here’s to guessing most of your action on the 3M Open is already FUBAR entering the weekend.
This, my friends, is why we chase.
Golf’s equivalent of a Saturday afternoon college football massacre has reared its ugly head, which means many of us are about to go after weekend bets like they’re the late-night Hawaii game
The aforementioned Finau (+250) and Wolff (+800) are among the current favorites at the midway point, but with such an eclectic leaderboard, there’s an opportunity to go after a few players with longer odds who aren’t too far off the pace.
I’ve got three ’em of in mind.
Golf Picks For The 3M Open
Patrick Rodgers (+2000)
Rodgers was an all-everything at Stanford who hasn’t quite developed into the player most people believed he could be, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time.
Just 28 years old, he’s the type of player who should feel comfortable against a less-than-intimidating list of contenders this weekend. He’s currently just four shots off the lead and gaining 2.51 strokes tee-to-green on the field. Throw in the fact that he’s positive in strokes gained in every other major category, and it won’t take much more for him to be right in the mix Sunday afternoon.
Harris English (+2500)
English is one stroke further behind Rodgers, but has been one of the game’s most consistent players over the last two months — he owns five top-20 finishes in his past six starts — and is similarly striking the ball very well and shouldn’t be pressing to catch guys who aren’t exactly proven winners ahead of him.
It’s been seven years since English’s last PGA TOUR victory — he won twice that year — but that should give him an advantage as one of just five players inside the top-16 with multiple titles in his career.
Dylan Frittelli (+4000)
Like English, Frittelli is also in a share of 12th place, five strokes off the seemingly tenuous lead. His lone PGA TOUR victory came just over a year ago at the John Deere Classic, another Midwest event with an inferior entry list. In that event, he was T-11, five strokes off the lead entering the weekend — eerily similar to his placement right now.
Fritelli is another guy who has been flushing it so far this week, ranking behind only Finau in strokes gained tee-to-green.