With the fourth and final major in the rearview, the PGA Tour returns to the state of Minnesota for the 2023 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis.

This year marks year five of the tournament on the PGA, which took over for the 3M Championship, formerly a PGA Tour Champions event. Tournament play begins on Thursday, July 27th, and concludes on Sunday, July 30th.

Tony Finau returns to TPC Twin Cities to defend his 2022 title. Finau’s win last season was the first of back-to-back victories for the 33-year-old in consecutive weeks. The six-time PGA Tour winner defeated Emiliano Grillo and Sungjae Im by three shots, tallying a score of 267 (17-under par).

This year, the 3M Open is the second-to-last event on the PGA Tour schedule before the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and for the first time, only 70 players will advance to this year’s Playoffs. Players who do not finish inside the top 70 will compete in the Tour’s FedEx Cup Fall for their TOUR cards the following year.

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Scoring Plentiful at TPC Twin Cities

The course opened in 2000 with the original layout done by Arnold Palmer’s design team. TPC Twin Cities is a par-71 and can stretch to over 7,400 yards in length from the back tees.

The course went through a renovation in 2018, with narrowed fairways and added bunkers installed throughout the property. Course features include 27 bodies of water, mature trees, and Bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens.

Scoring is there for players, with the average winning score to par over the previous four tournaments at 18-under.

3M Open will Provide Plenty of Drama

With only two tournaments remaining until the FedEx Cup postseason, there will be a lot on the line this week for players sitting in between 65th and 80th in the current standings.

The biggest name on the list is two-time major winner and 2017 FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, who comes to Minnesota sitting at 75th.

Players sitting around 70th in the standings that are in the field this week include K.H. Lee (70th), Sam Ryder (69th), Ben Griffin (68th) as well as David Lingmerth (71st), David Thompson (72nd), Lee Hodges (74th), Justin Suh (76th), and Cam Davis (77th).

A finish on the first page of the leaderboard for any of these players would vault them up the standings and into a comfortable position heading into next week’s season-finale event at the Wyndham Championship. A missed cut or bad finish on the weekend could put a lot of pressure on the individual heading into the final tournament.

3M Open Betting Favorites

Cameron Young, priced at +1400 over at BetOnline, headlines the list of pre-tournament betting favorites heading into Thursday’s first-round action. Young makes the trip back from the Open after playing in Sunday’s final round, settling for a T8 finish.

Last year’s champion, Finau, and runner-up, Im, are right behind Young at +1600. Finau missed the cut at the Open, while Im settled for a respectable T20.

International players Hideki Matsuyama and Ludvig Aberg (+1800) round out the top five favorites. Matsuyama wrapped up a solid week in Hoylake with a T13 finish. Aberg, a PGA Tour rookie, has taken the Tour by storm since wrapping up his collegiate career at Texas Tech, finishing inside the top 25 in three of his first five events since turning pro.

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