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2019 marked the first staging of the 3M Open. The tournament is hosted by TPC Twin Cities and is Minnesota’s first regular PGA Tour event for almost fifty years.

TPC Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis and opened for play in 2000. The layout was designed by Arnold Palmer with Minnesota native, Tom Lehman, acting as player consultant.

Course Overview

The course is a member of the Tournament Players Club (TPC) network which is operated by the PGA Tour. From 2001, TPC Twin Cities hosted the 3M Championship on the PGA Champions Tour. However, in 2018, it was announced that the Champions Tour event would be replaced by the 3M Open on the PGA Tour in a seven year deal.

The setup for the Champions Tour event annually produced low scoring. Its wide fairways, low rough, accessible pin placements and manageable bunkers all contributed to the 3M Championship birdie-fest.

In an effort to challenge the world’s best golfers, Tom Lehman was retained to oversee a remodeling of the course for the 3M Open.

The upgraded TPC Twin Cities plays as a 7,431 yards Par 71 for the 3M Open. The general layout for the course hasn’t change but hole number 3, which is normally a Par 5, plays as a Par 4 for the tournament. Length was added on a number of holes through the construction of several new tee boxes. In all almost 500 yards in length was added to the course.

“I’d make it a tough driving course, the easiest way to do that is to firm it up, narrow it up and grow some rough”

Tom Lehman

As part of the the remodeling, fairways were narrowed and rough higher putting more pressure on the driver. Course management is important in order to put the ball in the right position to attack the pins. In addition some of the bunkering was expanded.

2020 3M Open | Michael Thompson

Winning Score -19 (265)

Last year, Michael Thompson birdied his final hole for a two shot victory over Adam Long. Nine players finished in a tie for third. It was the 35 year old’s second PGA Tour victory to add to his 2013 Honda Classic title.

“This win validates the first win, it solidifies my presence on the PGA Tour and proves to my peers that I’m a threat every week and that’s what I want to be.”

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT -0.449 88
SGAPR 7.427 4
SGARG -1.038 T104
SGP 7.275 6
SGT2G 5.940 24

Thompson’s iron-play on approach set the foundation for his victory. He finished 4th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which translated to a gain of 7.427 strokes on the field average. His putter was hot also. He finished the week 6th in Strokes Gained Putting which contributed a gain of 7.275 strokes. Other stats for the week include T33 for Driving Accuracy, 97th for Driving Distance, T4 for GIR and T33 Putts per GIR.

2019 3M Open | Matthew Wolff

Winning Score -21 (263)

A 20 year old Matthew Wolff captured the inaugural 3M Open title in only his third start on Tour. He won in dramatic style making a lengthy eagle putt from the fringe on the final hole to edge out Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau by one stroke.

“I’m really not an emotional guy, but tears came to my eyes”

Matthew Wolff

Matthew Wolff
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 2.204 21
SGAPR 9.450 2
SGARG 1.662 18
SGP 0.675 39
SGT2G 13.315 1

Wolff excelled tee-to-green finishing 1st in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This translated to a gain of 13.315 strokes on the field average or just over 95% of his overall gain for the week. In particular his approach play was dialled-in. His Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green resulted in a gain of 9.450 strokes or two third of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include T31 for Driving Accuracy, 36th for Driving Distance, T6 for GIR and 6th in Putts per GIR.

Again this week, expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting.

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Please check back on Tuesday 19th July for the PGAgolfbets’ 3M Open picks & predictions 2022 from TPC Twin Cities, in Minnesota.

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Author: Timmothy Castro