The second edition of the 3M Open is held this week at TPC Twin Cities
Those who thought we’d see a stacked leaderboard this week at the 3M Open, including myself, are a bit mistaken.
There are still plenty of big names taking to TPC Twin Cities. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion, Matthew Wolff, are among them.
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But an event two weeks before a major usually has a little more beef to it. Only two of the top 10 and four of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings are in Minnesota.
Given the busy recent stretch of golf at famed venues like Colonial, Harbour Town and Muirfield Village, as well as next week’s World Golf Championship leading up to the PGA, it’s reasonable to sit this week out.
Those who are teeing it up at yet another fan-less event find themselves at a ball striker’s paradise.
TPC Twin Cities’ fairways have been narrowed since its days hosting a PGA Tour Champions event of the same name. They’re still fairly generous, and the 7,481-yard par-71 puts driver in play on most par-4s and -5s.
Grass in play is bentgrass, typical at other Midwestern PGA Tour stops.
The course’s best defense is its punishment of wayward shots. There are 27 water hazards and 72 sand traps.
Still, a birdie fest is expected. Wolff won in 2019 at 21-under-par and 52 players reached 10-under or better.
Early weather forecasts calls for temperatures in the 60s-80s Fahrenheit with winds exceeding 10 miles per hour. Rain is possible a couple days this week, though the course expects to play fairly soft either way.
Stats to watch this week include strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained approach, proximity from 200-225 yards and birdie or better rate.
It’s been all big names who have won since the PGA Tour returned to action in early June. This week could be the chance for an unproven player to leap up and win for the first time.
With thast said, I’m leaning mainly on past champions to comprise my top 10 this week.
Let’s dive in: