The PGA Tour returns to the United States this week, which means golfers will once again face tree-lined fairways and water hazards at the 2022 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. Many of the PGA Tour’s top players are taking a break after the last major of the year on the ties at St. Andrews, but Hideki Matsuyama, Tony FInau and Sungjae Im will have to make the adjustment. They will be part of a 2022 3M Open field that also includes notable players who didn’t make the trip to Scotland like Maverick McNealy, Davis Riley and Adam Hadwin. Former tennis player Mardy Fish, who has won 20 times on the ATP Tour, is also in the 3M Open 2022 field on a sponsor exemption. Cameron Champ is the defending champion, winning last year at 15 under par.
Finau is the 12-1 favorite in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Open 2022 3M odds, with Matsuyama (16-1) and Im (16-1) not far behind. Other favorites for the 2022 3M Open include Hadwin (20-1), McNealy (22-1), Riley (25-1), Sahith Theegala (25-1) and Cam Davis (25-1). Should you go with a player who has won on the tour, like Matsuyama or Finau, to anchor your 3M Open Fantasy 2022 golf picks? Or can a player like McNealy or Riley challenge a first win and give you much better value? Before you lock in a fantasy golf ranking or place any bets on the 2022 3M Open, be sure to check out the fantasy golf projections from SportsLine fantasy expert Riley Gates.
Gates is a staff writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five years. He has been following golf closely for much longer and has an in-depth knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.
Gates has crushed his golf picks all season. He won last week’s Open Championship, with Cameron Smith among his outright winners despite many pundits writing off the Australian. “There’s some concern here after the way he played at the US Open,” Gates said ahead of the historic event in St. Andrews. “But Smith has been solid in the other two majors this year. … The value is definitely there.”
Of course, the 28-year-old bounced back from a third-round 73 to blitz the Old Course on Sunday. He shot a 4-under 68 to pass sentimental favorite Rory McIlroy to have his name engraved in the Claret Jug. It was just the last of Gates’ good weeks for picking PGA Tour events.
At the John Deere Classic, he identified 40-1 longshot JT Poston as the potential winner. In Travelers, it was all over Sahith Theegala, which was priced at just $7,300 at DraftKings and finished second to help many fantasy golf players cash in!
At Memorial, five of Gates’ nine picks finished in the top 15, including his biggest sleeper, Brendan Steele – just $6,600 at DraftKings – who finished in the top 10! At Wells Fargo, four of its top six players finished in the top five, including winner Max Homa, a 40-1 long shot. Anyone who followed Gates is upstairs.
Now Gates has ranked his top golfers for the 2022 3M Open, and you’ll really want to see what he has to say. You can only see his fantasy golf rankings and 3M Open picks on SportsLine.
2022 3M Open Fantasy Golf Experts’ Choice
For this week’s tournament, Gates is sticking with Sungjae Im, backing the South Korean despite a recent meltdown. The 24-year-old finished tied for 81st at The Open Championship after missing the cut at the Scottish Open and US Open. But the challenge of this TPC course will be much more familiar, and I finished no worse than 21st in his five events before Brookline. He has six top-10 finishes this season, including a win at the Shriners Children’s Open last October.
On the other hand, the expert stays away from Matsuyama, because the game of the Japanese star lacked regularity. He finished tied for 68th at the Open, and even that took a stellar 68 on the final day, and a long flight home won’t help matters. The 30-year-old missed the cut at the Scottish Open but finished fourth at the US Open last month. He finished outside the top 25 in half of his events (nine out of 18), so he was too restless for Gates to trust him.
How to Set Your 2022 3M Open Fantasy Golf Ranking
For the 3M Open of the Year, Gates is touting a fantasy roster player who will be overlooked and priced at around $7,500 on DraftKings. This golfer’s putter can keep him near the top of the leaderboard any week. It could be a surprise in this weaker area and offer you excellent value for your 2022 3M Open lineup. You can find out who it is and see the rest of Gates’ 3M Open fantasy golf picks on SportsLine.
Who wins the 3M Open 2022 and who are the best players to target for your Fantasy picks? Which underdog players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates’ fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 3M Open, all from the fantasy expert who’s been on fire with his picks, and find out.