The 2019 3M Open gets underway on Independence Day and there are plenty of intriguing groups set to tee off at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota. Bryson DeChambeau, who has four wins in the last two seasons, will be paired with Rocket Mortgage Classic runner-up Keegan Bradley and Charles Howell III, who earned his third PGA Tour victory earlier this season at the RSM Classic. Elsewhere in the 2019 3M Open field, Phil Mickelson, a five-time major champion and golf legend, will play alongside Tony Finau and Nate Lashley, who earned his first ever PGA Tour victory last week in Detroit. Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka, the favorite in the latest 2019 3M Open odds at 15-2, joins 2017 Masters champion Patrick Reed for the first two rounds. Before locking in any 2019 3M Open picks on these golfers or any others, or entering a PGA DFS contest on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, listen to the golf predictions from the proven golf model at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed the last two majors entering the weekend. It predicted Woodland’s first career major championship at the U.S. Open even though he wasn’t the favorite entering the weekend. The result: Woodland held off a late charge from Brooks Koepka and won by a resounding three strokes. The model also called Koepka’s historic victory at the 2019 PGA Championship, predicting he’d hold his lead in the home stretch. In all, this advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend, and anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now that the 2019 3M Open field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling: Jason Day, a 12-time PGA Tour winner and one of the top Vegas favorites, barely cracks the top five.
Day is coming off an impressive performance at the Travelers Championship where he finished eighth after a second-round 63 catapulted him atop the leaderboard. The 12-time PGA Tour winner has earned six top-10 finishes this season thanks in large part to his scoring average (69.755) and birdie average (4.29), which both rank in the top 12 on tour.
However, the 31-year-old has failed to finish in the top 20 in five of his last six starts on the PGA Tour. His recent troubles can be directly attributed to his inability to find the fairway off the tee. He enters the 3M Open 2019 ranked 94th in driving accuracy percentage (62.26), which could cause major trouble at TPC Twin Cities. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in this loaded 2019 3M Open field.
Another surprise: Kevin Streelman, a 40-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.
Streelman has had multiple impressive performances already this season, making the cut in seven of his last eight starts with three top-10 finishes during that span. His strength has been finding greens in regulation, which leaves the tour veteran with more makable birdie putts. In fact, Streelman enters the 3M Open 2019 ranked 23rd on the PGA Tour in greens in regulation percentage (69.00). That’s helped him shoot in the 60s in nine of his last 11 rounds on the PGA Tour.
Streelman also boasts a driving accuracy percentage of 68.22, the 25th-best mark on tour, and is 24th in total driving. Even though oddsmakers aren’t giving him much of a chance, he has all the tools needed to climb the 2019 3M Open leaderboard quickly this week.
Also, the model says five other golfers with odds of 28-1 or longer will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.
So who wins the 2019 3M Open? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine now to see the full 3M Open projected leaderboard from the model that’s nailed two straight golf majors, and find out.
Brooks Koepka 15-2
Jason Day 9-1
Hideki Matsuyama 10-1
Bryson DeChambeau 14-1
Tony Finau 28-1
Viktor Hovland 28-1
Patrick Reed 28-1
Charles Howell III 33-1
Joaquin Niemann 33-1
Keegan Bradley 40-1
Kevin Na 40-1
Kevin Streelman 40-1
Sungjae Im 40-1
Rory Sabbatini 45-1
Adam Hadwin 50-1
Phil Mickelson 50-1
Ryan Moore 50-1
Scott Piercy 50-1