With golf’s main championship ‘season’ full for 2021, the main target is now on qualifying for the top of season FedEx Cup Play-Offs.
Just 4 tournaments stay for golfers to make sure of their Tour standing for subsequent season, or safe a excessive sufficient FedEx rating that may give them a combating likelihood of reaching the Tour Championship in early September.
First up is the 3M Open in Minnesota, one of many latest occasions on the PGA Tour calendar.
It was first staged in 2019, and survived the Covid-reshuffle 12 months in the past.
For the third straight yr, the event shall be hosted by TPC Twin Cities which is laid out round 900 ft above sea degree.
Opened in 2000, the course was designed by Arnold Palmer in session with Tom Lehman.
TPC Twin Cities is essentially the most northerly American venue on this season’s PGA Tour schedule.
Situated roughly 15 miles north of Downtown Minneapolis, the course was a part of the Champions Tour for 18 years from 2001.
It then switched its allegiance to the PGA Tour, though the course needed to be toughened up earlier than the arrival of golf’s world elite.
This activity belonged to Lehman and Steve Wenzloff whose adjustments included narrowing fairways, including new tees and bunkers, in addition to rising areas of tough.
There is a plentiful provide of sizeable water hazards which come into play on 12 holes, whereas sand can also be a relentless menace.
Fairways change course many instances on this parkland course the place the undulating greens type a big a part of its defence.
On the tee
Various main professionals have made a direct return from Kent to tee-up in Minneapolis, together with world No 2 Dustin Johnson.
Johnson’s tie-for-eighth in England was his highest end since February and, after opting out of subsequent week’s Olympic golf event in Japan, has determined to chase FedEx Cup factors as an alternative.
Four of the world’s prime 20 are among the many entries, though the winner might emerge from decrease down the record, relying on how badly some gamers are affected by jet-lag.
One member of this quartet is world No 19 Tony Finau who could possibly discover some inspiration from his tie-for-third at Twin Cities final yr.
Perhaps one participant who will profit from resting-up final week is Bubba Watson who was denied the possibility to compete in Kent due to Covid.
The 42-year-old was on account of fly to England however found he’d been involved with somebody who had examined optimistic and, regardless of being vaccinated, needed to withdraw.
Watson ought to be motivated to place that frustration to good use this week, after ending tied-sixth on his most up-to-date outing in Detroit.
Among these in respectable type proper now’s Luke List, a former world No 45 who’s presently 142.
The big-hitting 36-year-old has loved back-to-back T5s – albeit in low status occasions – and stays hungry for a maiden PGA Tour title.
Four instances he has stood on the rostrum, most lately at Harbour Town three years in the past.
Finally, the previous couple of months has witnessed some higher type from Jhonattan Vegas.
The 36-year-old Venezuelan tied-second final month in South Carolina, and was simply exterior the top-10 on his final outing on the John Deere Classic. Vegas is a three-time winner on Tour, though hasn’t tasted glory since 2017.
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MC* – Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List Contains Leading Reserves