Dustin Johnson highlights this week's field
The 3M Open is set for July 23-26 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 3M Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,500)
If ever there was a week to fade the chalk, it seems like this would be the one. DJ is coming off possibly his worst performance as a pro: an 80-80 MC at the Memorial that left him four shots out of dead freakin' last. Plus, he's a TPC Twin Cities rookie. But there are plenty of caveats that prompt us to toss DJ a mulligan this week. One, he's got a short memory; a few beers probably erased those two 80s out of DJ's mental inventory. Last year's 3M winner, Matthew Wolff, is a DJ-style bomber, so the course would seem to suit him. And Johnson is less than a month removed from his 21st career win, extending his streak to 13 straight seasons with a victory, so his A-game is still within reach.
Matthew Wolff ($9,700)
Last year, playing on a sponsor's exemption, Wolff became the third player to win an individual NCAA championship and a PGA Tour event in the same year, joining Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw, players who have combined for 101 PGA Tour wins and 16 majors. We're not predicting legend status for Wolff just yet, but the 21-year-old is off to a nice start. It's been a hit-or-miss sophomore season — mostly miss — but he did score a T2 at the Rocket Mortgage over Fourth of July weekend, and his performance at TPC Twin Cities last year was nothing short of spectacular: 69-67-62-65, for a one-shot win over Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa. He's one of the best drivers of the golf ball out there: 6th in driving distance and 12th in SG: Off-the-tee. Finished T22 at the Memorial.
Carlos Ortiz ($7,700)
Late in 2019, Ortiz found something, posting finishes of T4, T4 and T2 over a five-week span. Golf is fleeting, though, and he promptly lost it; a T16 at the WGC Mexico in February is his most recent top 25. Still, a return to the scene of yet another top 5 — TPC Twin Cities, where he finished T5 a year ago on the strength of a final-round 64 — is just the tonic for a return to form. He played three decent rounds at the Memorial before embracing the carnage and shooting a final-round 80.
Ryan Armour ($7,600)
Armour managed to be productive during the quarantine; after missing six cuts in a row leading into the lockdown, he posted back-to-back top-6 finishes at the Travelers and Rocket Mortgage coming out of it. You can't bank on him every week, but you can hope for lightning in a bottle.
Troy Merritt ($7,500)
We're giving a lot of guys a pass for butchering Muirfield Village this past weekend, and Merritt's another. His two previous showings — a T8 at the Rocket Mortgage and a T22 at the Workday Charity — were more indicative of the state of Merritt's game than the MC at the Memorial. His putting has been solid (25th in SG: Putting), and he's another course horse after a T7 at the 3M in 2019.
Tom Lehman ($6,000)
Having expended all our resources elsewhere, we're left scouring the bargain bin, and they don't come any cheaper this week than the 61-year-old Lehman, who last kissed a PGA Tour trophy in 2000. We're banking on local knowledge with this pick; Lehman was a co-designer of TPC Twin Cities and is playing on a sponsor's exemption. Last year's winner, Matthew Wolff, also won on a sponsor's exemption, so... Oh, never mind.