After two straight weeks at Muirfield Village, the PGA Tour is heading north.
Minnesota plays host to the 3M Open for the second straight year, boasting a field that features four top-20 players. But while many of the stars will watch from home, with a WGC and major next on the schedule, there's an opportunity for some lesser-known young guns and veterans to shine in the Twin Cities.
The inaugural 3M Open was one of the most thrilling events on Tour last year, with Matthew Wolff winning with a dramatic eagle on the 72nd hole for his first career title. Wolff's winning total was 21 under, and low scores are again expected on the par-71 layout. Here are some players to consider when crafting your lineups this week:
Lucas Glover ($9,400 on DraftKings): Last year at this event, Glover closed with a 62 in the final round to snag a share of seventh place. It was one of several strong results that helped the former U.S. Open champ get back to the Tour Championship for the first time in a decade. He's been similarly solid since the Tour returned to action last month, making the cut in each of his five starts including four top-25 finishes. He's seventh on Tour in birdie average during that span, and he ranks 27th in strokes gained: approach for the entire season. Glover's issue has always been on the greens, but he seemed to have the TPC Twin Cities surfaces figured out the last time he saw them.
Russell Henley ($9,200): Henley has made his mark as a streaky putter, but recently it's been his tee-to-green play that has warranted attention while his putting has slowed. Henley has three top-20 finishes in his last five starts, dating back to February and including a T-7 finish at the Workday Charity Open two weeks ago. The veteran is 10th on Tour this season in SG: approach and 25th in SG: tee-to-green. Should the putter cooperate like it did in his last start at Muirfield Village, where he closed with a 67, Henley could contend for a fourth Tour title this weekend.
Harris English ($9,000): While he hasn't received much attention this season, English is in the midst of a resurgent campaign that has included a whopping nine top-20 finishes. He added to that haul last week at the Memorial, where he finished T-13 in his first start since testing positive for COVID-19. English hasn't won on Tour since 2013 but is playing some of the best golf of his career this year, ranking 10th on Tour in total strokes gained and 13th in SG: tee-to-green. He's among the Tour leaders in GIR percentage and can expect to have plenty of birdie looks this week.
Erik van Rooyen ($8,800): The South African has played more in the U.S. in recent months, and now gets a shot at the closest thing he has to a home game on this side of the Atlantic. Van Rooyen attended the nearby University of Minnesota from 2009-13 and likely brings more course knowledge with him this week than almost anyone in the field. A T-22 finish last week at the Memorial means he is inching closer to full PGA Tour status for 2021, offering plenty of incentive for another big week. Van Rooyen has had close calls before, notably a top-10 finish at last year's PGA and a T-3 result at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March.
Bernd Wiesberger ($7,200): Wiesberger may not have a ton of name recognition in the U.S., but it's still surprising to see the 29th-ranked player in the world slotted in this salary range. The Austrian won three times last year on the European Tour while resurrecting his game and clearly has the pedigree to contend on the PGA Tour, especially against a lesser field like the one assembled this week in Minnesota. He has played sparingly this year, with one top-10 among five worldwide starts, and missed the cut last week at the Memorial. Despite the lack of recent form, his potential is too good to pass up at this dollar level.
Derek Ernst ($6,300): Ernst remains one of the most surprising winners of the last decade, having come from anonymity to win the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. While the results have been fleeting ever since, he appears to have turned a bit of a corner - albeit on the lesser Korn Ferry Tour. Ernst has played each of the last four weeks on the developmental circuit, racking up three straight top-20 finishes. That includes last week in San Antonio, where he held the 54-hole lead and ultimately tied for fifth. At this salary a made cut would be considered a job well done, but don't be surprised if Ernst exceeds expectations in his first PGA Tour start since March.