Americans Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka headline a 3M Open that otherwise will be short on the star power (notably, no Tiger Woods) of recent weeks since the PGA Tour’s season restart
It had to happen. After so much pent-up demand from the three-month suspension in play during the coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour’s top stars had turned out in force during the past six weeks since the season restart. This week, however, many of them have decided to take a break in the runup to the season's first major championship.
But don’t confuse the 3M Open, which begins Thursday at TPC Twin Cities at Blaine, Minn., with a mini-tour event. Not with Americans Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, ranked Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, in the world, as part of the field and the winner's share of $1.188 million from the $6.6 million purse at stake. Though the former major champions are the only two players among the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking committed to play this week, they will be among six of the top 30 entered. After some weeks in which the top five in the world were competing regularly, though, it seems as if much of the PGA Tour will be catching its collective breath this week. Next week, TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., will play host to the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational before the season’s first major event, the PGA Championship, is held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Johnson, who won the Travelers Championship on June 28, will seek to reclaim his winning form after having missed the cut at last week’s Memorial with rounds of 80-80.
No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood of England will make his first post-COVID-19 start. No. 19 Tony Finau of the U.S., No. 25 Paul Casey of England and No. 29 Bernd Wiesberger of Austria round out the top 30 who are committed.
American Matthew Wolff, 21, will be back to defend his lone PGA Tour title, which he claimed with an eagle on the 72nd hole in only his third start since turning professional.
Tiger Woods, who made his first start last week at the Memorial Tournament since the season restart, will not play the 3M Open. Woods, 44, rarely plays two tournaments in a row, which means his next start likely will be the PGA on Aug. 6-9.
Tee times are expected to be released Tuesday.
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