3M Open Sleepers, Dark Horse Picks, and Longshots (Hardy & Gotterup Can Give Bettors Huge Cash)

Chris Gotterup is one of the best drivers and iron players in the event, yet his unknown stature gives him long odds
Chris Gotterup is one of the best drivers and iron players in the event, yet his unknown stature gives him long odds / Warren Little/GettyImages

Who could forget the 2021 3M open, when our own Iain MacMillan brought home a glorious 100-1 winner with Cameron Champ?

I'm not sure that I'll be able to deliver that kind of return, but I'll certainly try my best to sift through the long shots to bring the kind of value that Iain did last year.

You can check out my tournament preview, best bets, and power rankings, but now it's time to put on my best Canadian accent and cash a huge odds outright here at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.

Using the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook, here are my favorite dark horse picks for the 2022 3M Open:

3M Open Sleepers, Dark Horse Picks, and Longshots

Nick Hardy (+4000)

As I wrote in my preview, Hardy at +4000 is exactly the kind of value we're looking for. He's made the cut in six consecutive events with three top-14 finishes and is T13 with Sungjae Im in Par 4 Efficiency from 450-500 yards. He's 22nd on Tour in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee and his best approach shots are from 175-200 yards, so he fits the profile I'm looking for.

Hardy is a bomber that outdrives most of his competition every week, and he's gained strokes on the field in six straight events. We know he can catch fire with his putter like when he gained 2.3 strokes putting at the U.S. Open, and his consistent upward trajectory makes me think a win is coming soon.

Chris Gotterup (+5000)

Gotterup is one of the best drivers competing, gaining at least 30 yards on the field in each of his last three events.

When you're one of the best at both distance and accuracy, you've got a recipe for success. He played poorly at the Barbasol Championship where he was the favorite, but at +5000 odds we're getting tremendous value on a player that's won at every level he's competed at.

In a weak field, Gotterup is more than capable of utilizing his tremendous ability to mow down the competition. The Green on the Greens crew also likes Gotterup to contend.

Wyndham Clark (+5000)

Clark could win this event or take last place. He's a boom-or-bust pick who finished T5 in 2019 and missed the cut altogether last year.

One of the longest drivers on tour, Clark ranks fifth in driving distance while simultaneously being one of the best putters in the field. He's gained strokes around-the-green in nine consecutive tournaments and represents the kind of dart throw I love to take with a dark horse bet.

Matthias Schwab (+7500)

I've had my eye on Schwab for quite a while, and his game is finally at the point I feel comfortable taking a shot on him. He's steadily improved his driver to gain yards on the field in four straight events and is an excellent putter and wedge player.

He ranks 18th on Tour in Par 4 Efficiency 450-500 yards which is the most common hole on the course and can rattle off birdies with the best of them. In this kind of a field, Schwab represents the type of golfer I want to back.

Plus, he can ride a unicycle, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

Follow all of Joe Summers' betting picks here.