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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the 3M Open

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, Matthew Wolff produced one of the stories of the year by winning on just his third professional start, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at the 3M Open.

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Matthew Wolff buried a long eagle attempt on Sunday evening to claim the 3M Open, but it was the 20-year-old’s brilliance with his irons which paved his way to victory. Wolff gained 9.5 strokes over the field for strokes gained: approaching the green, which was the second-best total in the field in this area. Check out the clubs Matthew Wolff used to win the 3M Open in our WITB piece here.

Runner-up Collin Morikawa was the only man in the field who struck his irons better than Wolff all week. Morikawa gained a massive 10.5 strokes over the field for his approaches in Minnesota, and the 22-year-old has now gained strokes in this department in all four of his appearances this year.

Bryson DeChambeau produced his best display of the year at the 3M Open, and his putter remains red-hot as we head towards the year’s final major. DeChambeau gained 5.2 strokes on the greens last week, his best total of the year, and he has now gained strokes on the greens in his previous four events.

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Brooks Koepka produced another mediocre performance in a regular tour event at last week’s 3M Open finishing 65th. The 29-year-old struggled with his entire game in Minnesota and lost strokes tee to green for the first time since the Tournament of Champions back in January.

Jason Day was another big name who failed to fire last week, and it was the Australian’s poor display on the greens that led him to a T66 finish. Day lost almost four strokes with the flat-stick in Minnesota – his worst showing with the putter since 2013.

Phil Mickelson endured another wretched week on Tour at the 3M Open, missing his third cut in his last four events. Mickelson lost 6.4 strokes tee to green for the two days he was in town – his worst performance of the year in this area. Worryingly for Lefty is that he has now failed to gain strokes tee to green at an event since March.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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The Challenge: Japan Skins – All the details that you need to know

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Just three days remain before Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day take part in “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, and here are all the essential details that you need to know before the event takes place.

What is the Skins format?

  • The lowest score for each hole wins that hole and the money that hole is worth.
  • In the result of a tied hole, the “skin” carries over to the next hole and continues to do so until won by one of the four players.
  • In the result of a tied 18th hole, a playoff will take place to see who wins the final skin.
  • The value of the 18th hole will not multiply if a playoff takes place.

The value of each skin.

  • Holes 1-6: $10,000 per skin
  • Holes 7-12: $15,000 per skin
  • Holes 13-17: $20,000 per skin
  • Hole 18: $100,000 super skin

What we know about the extra challenges.

  • Money won from the extra challenges will go towards the event’s charity partners.
  • Extra challenge details are not yet known, but expect something similar to the side action we saw in “The Match Woods-Mickelson.”

How can you watch?

  • Event takes place October 21st, 1 PM local time in Japan, 12 AM ET in the U.S.
  • U.S. viewers can watch the simulcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Viewers outside the U.S. can tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV.
  • Those in the UK & Ireland will need to pay a small subscription fee for Discovery’s GOLFTV.

Who is the betting favorite?

  • Rory McIlroy is a warm favorite for the event at +200.

Full odds courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Rory McIlroy +200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +250
  • Jason Day +300
  • Tiger Woods +325
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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.17.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Epic “Trick or Treat?” creation from Bettinardi.

Lefty putters now available at Swag.

Before and after shots of this satin black NP mid-slant from Embrace Putters.

Cool shot of Trump Golf Links Ferry Point courtesy of NCR.

New additions from Dormie.

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Golf towel on the way from Uther.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.16.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Sharp looking Kyoei KK prototype wedges.

Twisty DD201 WB 303SS with a satin marine finish from Lajosi Putters.

New designs from Bettinardi.

Dormie Sugar Skull covers.

New addition from Swag.

Great photos of Baltusrol Upper Course courtesy of Cameron More.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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