Top Golf DFS Picks for the 2021 3M Open
The PGA Tour show rolls on, moving from South East England to Blaine, MN, for the third edition of the 3M Open. Site of Matthew Wolff’s maiden victory in thrilling fashion over Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau, TPC Twin Cities is a lush par-71 track designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom Lehman.
With warm temperatures and little wind anticipated throughout the week, 20-under-par could be the threshold to have a chance to win on Sunday.
Peering ahead at the action in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, here’s a look at my top 3M Open DFS picks.
Emiliano Grillo – $9,300
He’s missed three of his last four cuts and could be a bit jet-lagged coming back from across the pond, but we have to spend our salary somewhere. Rather than reach for DJ or Louis at the top of the price sheet, anchoring your lineup around Emiliano Grillo leads to differentiation.
Grillo clocks in 12th on the PGA Tour in SG: Approach and ranked 12th last week putts per GIR at Royal St George’s (T12). For good measure, Emiliano carded 24 birdies at TPC Twin Cities in 2020 en route to tying for 3rd.
Patton Kizzire – $8,600
Making his third trip to this event, Patton’s registered seven red numbers in eight tries at this venue and is a cumulative 20-under-par (-12 in 2019, -8 in 2020). He went bogey-free in his most recent round in Blaine and quietly sites 47th in the latest FedEx Cup standings.
Kizzire posted back-to-back 3rd-place finishes in Texas in May (AT&T Byron Nelson, Charles Schwab Challenge) and arrives in Twin Cities, coming off a 25th and 11th in his last two starts (Rocket Mortgage Classic, John Deere Classic).
Maverick McNealy – $8,400
Cruising into Minnesota playing his most consistent golf of the year, I’m locked in on Maverick McNealy as one of the top DFS picks for the 3M Open.
Not only has the Stanford alum connected on four consecutive cuts – he’s finished 30th or better in four straight starts.
Forgive him for not playing last week, and forget about him being a debutant at this tournament. Maverick is swinging well, his putter is working, and his confidence is riding high. All signs are pointing toward another fruitful performance.
Charl Schwartzel – $8,200
There was a time earlier in the season when Charl Schwartzel – brimmed hat and all – struggled mightily on the PGA Tour. That time is not now.
Just one missed cut on his resume since March, Charl has finished 26th or better seven times during that stretch. Still striping it off the tee and into the greens, Schwartzel gained 0.825 strokes with his flat stick last week at Keen Trace. While that might not seem like a lot, it’s a step in the right direction.
Worth noting – Charl gained 3.963 strokes putting at this event in 2020 and made 22 birdies and two eagles (T3).
Hank Lebioda – $7,900
Is there anyone on the PGA Tour hotter than Hank Lebioda? The 27-year-old lefty out of Florida State is a whopping 62-under-par over his last five events – here’s a peek at his last six Sunday performances.
|Hank Lebioda – Last 6 Final Rounds|
|Date||Tournament||Final Round Score|
|7/11/21||John Deere Classic||65|
|7/4/21||Rocket Mortgage Classic||68|
|6/13/21||Palmetto Championship at Congaree||67|
|5/9/21||AT&T Byron Nelson||68|
|5/16/21||Wells Fargo Championship||67|
Strapped with a trio of top-10s in succession and seven straight-made cuts, $7,900 is simply too cheap to not include Hank as one of my favorite 3M Open DFS picks.
Regarding this week’s field, Lebioda ranks first in SG: Putting over the last 12 rounds and first in total number of DraftKings points scored, per Hans Geevers.
Patrick Rodgers – $7,600
I’ll admit I may have overtouted Patrick Rodgers in the past, but now’s the perfect time to get back on the horse. Tied with Tiger Woods and another one of my top DFS picks for the 3M Open (Maverick McNealy) for the most wins in Stanford history (11), Rodgers is coming off his first top-5 of the year at the Barbasol Championship.
Lurking at +6600 to hoist the trophy at week’s end, you may want to head to the best golf betting sites and buy a few shares.
My 2021 Open Championship DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Emiliano Grillo $9,300
- Patton Kizzire $8,600
- Maverick McNealy $8,400
- Charl Schwartzel $8,200
- Hank Lebioda $7,900
- Patrick Rodgers $7,600
If you’re looking for a cheap play to help you squeeze in somebody like DJ or Finau, J.J. Spaun ($6,400) could make some sense. The SDSU product has played the weekend in four straight starts and finished 5th in SG: Tee-to-Green at the Barbasol Championship.
Three others a little more pricey potentially worth consideration are Bo Hoag ($7,100), Brian Stuard ($7,200), and Brandon Hagy ($7,200).
Mix and match some of these names with your core to give yourself maximum exposure to the top-heavy prize pools.