PGA DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: 3M Open (2022)
Cam Smith pulled off an epic comeback to win his first career Major at St. Andrews during the 150th Open Championship last weekend. The Aussie set a record-low 20-under-par during his four rounds at the Old Course in Fife, Scotland, sinking a few clutch putts on the final three holes to outpace betting favorite and crowd favorite Rory McIlroy.
My DFS picks fared exceptionally well last weekend at The Open Championship. Five of six players made the cut, with three finishing inside of the top ten, including Patrick Cantlay (T8/-12), Tommy Fleetwood (T4/-14), and Rory McIlroy (3rd/-18.) Investing in Louis Oosthuizen was the only wrong decision, as the South African played limited events in 2022, which showed during his early exit at St. Andrews. Joaquin Niemann made the cut but struggled in the middle rounds, winding up T53 with a strong closing round at -4-under-par.
After a chaotic week of rumors surrounding Smith’s decision to join LIV Golf allegedly, the PGA Tour returns stateside to Minnesota for the fourth edition of the 3M Open. The field of 156 has a lot less star power than last weekend, but that means there is tons of value to find when constructing DFS lineups ahead of Thursday’s opening round. I’ve narrowed the 3M prospects down to six high-value players to target on DraftKings and FanDuel that will launch your lineups into the green by Sunday afternoon.
- 2021 – Cameron Champ (-15)
- 2020 – Michael Thompson (-19)
- 2019 – Matthew Wolff (-21)
Relevant Betting Stats
- Strokes Gained: Putting
- Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee
- Greens in Regulation
- Sand save percentage
- Driving Accuracy
The track at TPC Twin Cities is notably different from the barren, undulated landscape that comprised the layout at St. Andrews and the Renaissance Club during the last two weekends. It’s a relatively new event that was added to the PGA Tour in 2019 and has seen all of its winners reach at least -15 on their final scorecard.
TPC Twin Cities has four par 3s and three par 5s to create a lot more variance in terms of scoring. The par 71 course stretches to 7,431 yards and will require robust and accurate tee shots to navigate numerous dogleg fairways and bodies of water. Trees also return, creating more scenic views and additional hazards for players to avoid. Bentgrass greens are manicured and the traditional putting surface most players are accustomed to competing on, measuring 12.5 feet on the Stimpmeter. Unfortunately, the greens are also much smaller than the mammoth greens in Scotland, measuring just 6,500 square feet on average. As a result, errant tee and fairway shots could wind up in the numerous sand bunkers or, even worse, the four-inch rough flanking the fairways and greens.
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Tony Finau ($10,500)
Tony Finau is the safest high-floor prospect to target in DFS lineups this weekend. He also offers a high-ceiling, yielding previous finishes of T23, T3, and T28 at TPC Twin Cities. The 32-year-old American did miss the cut at the U.S. Open, but this was his only recent misfire, as Finau has a pair of runner-up finishes since May. Finau struggles with his putter, but he’s fundamentally sound in all other areas, converting 69.3 percent of his greens in regulation and averaging just under four birdies per round. Finau’s past success at this course and recent momentum on the PGA Tour make him a no-brainer to plug into DraftKings lineups.
Sungjae Im ($10,000)
After a terrible trip overseas to Scotland, resulting in a missed cut and a T81 finish at The Open Championship, Sungjae Im is ready to dominate at the 3M Open. The 24-year-old South Korean has only competed at TPC Twin Cities once, earning a T15 (-14) finish during its inaugural event in 2019. Im is ranked 12th or higher in four strokes gained categories and is hyper-efficient, hitting greens in regulation, boasting a 69.6 percent conversion rate. Take a chance and invest in Im’s talent with his irons and past success at TPC Twin Cities.
Chez Reavie ($8,700)
Chez Reavie has been playing great in the last three months on the PGA Tour, carding finishes of T13, T15, MC, T27, T8, MC, and 1 entering Thursday’s opening round at TPC Twin Cities. The 40-year-old American won at the Barracuda Championship last weekend and will transfer that momentum into high-caliber play again at the 3M Open. Reavie went T11 during his debut at TPC Twin Cities last year and had the fourth-most accurate driver on the PGA Tour. This will come in handy during the doglegged fairways this weekend, so invest in a high-floor salary-saving prospect like Reavie to boost your lineups into the green.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $60,000
Sahith Theegala ($11,200)
Rookie Sahith Theegala has undoubtedly made a name for himself this season. The 24-year-old American has five top ten finishes, including two inside of the top three, utilizing good irons and a strong driver to counter his shaky putter. Theegala has not missed a cut at a solo event since March while rattling off finishes of T5, T53, T2, T16, and T34 entering Thursday’s opening round at TPC Twin Cities. He did compete at the 3M Open as an amateur in 2019, missing the cut at +2. However, expect Theegala to look much better in his return three years later, carrying confidence and leading the PGA Tour with 363 birdies.
Cameron Davis ($10,900)
Cam Davis is another up-and-comer from Australia who has played excellent golf in his previous two events. Davis finished sixth at the Barracuda Championship last weekend and T8 (-15) at the John Deere Classic. The 27-year-old Aussie is a bit volatile, but he has a good putter, ranking 34th in one-putt percentage (41.5%), which is encouraging at a course where the greens run fast. Davis missed the cut at TPC Twin Cities in 2019 but has since yielded T12 and T28 finishes, so he’s comfortable playing this course. Lock him into lineups despite the relatively high salary.
Joohyung Kim ($10,400)
20-year-old South Korean phenom, Joohyung Kim, has been impressive with his recent form. Kim has competed in six PGA events this season, missing the cut at the PGA Championship while collecting three T25 finishes. While many younger players faltered and missed the cut overseas in Scotland during both events, Kim managed a third-place finish at Genesis Scottish Open and a T47 at The Open Championship. His irons are crisp and accurate, while a strong driver allows Kim to position himself for putts inside ten feet frequently. He may not be a household name yet, but he will undoubtedly be an asset in FanDuel lineups during his debut at the 3M Open.
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