2020 3M Open: Field Preview

By Ryan Watson

 

The 3M Open takes place July 23-26 as the PGA Tour rides into Minnesota. It is the 2nd edition of the tournament, as the Arnold Palmer designed TPC Twin Cities course looks to flex its muscle on the national stage. It’s a strong field that comes to the Twin Cities looking to get a piece of the $6.6 million purse. 

 

2019 Champion: Matthew Wolff


Matthew Wolff’s rise was nothing short of meteoric. In May 2019, Wolff won the NCAA Individual Championship, then turned professional in June, and won his first PGA Tour event July 7 at the inaugural 3M Open. And he did it with nerves of steel. It came down to Wolff, fellow phenom Collin Morikawa, and the eccentric Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau, playing one group ahead of Wolff and Morikawa, hit an eagle putt on the final green for a 1 stroke lead. Wolff would have to match DeChambeau for the outright win, and an approach shot that landed 26 feet from the hole seemed to end that dream. Instead, Wolff sank the putt for eagle that would hand him the his first PGA Tour win. With the victory, Wolff became the third player to win the NCAA title and a PGA Tour event in the same year. Only Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw have matched Wolff’s feat. 

 

Field Preview

Wolff returns to defend his title against a strong field. Many fans will watch Brooks Koepka, playing with brother Chase, as he looks for his first win of the year. Dustin Johnson tees off for the first time at the TPC Twin Cities and brings star power to the field. English Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood comes to America for his first event on the PGA Tour since the restart. Local favorite and seasoned Minnesota pro Tom Lehman steps down from the Champions Tour to play the event on a sponsor exemption. Lehman may have a bit of an advantage over the field despite his age––he actually helped design the course with Palmer back in 2000. 

 

Media Coverage

Television coverage is provided by Golf Channel and CBS for each round of the event. Coverage on Thursday and Friday is on Golf Channel from 2:30-6:30pm ET. Saturday and Sunday coverage begins on Golf Channel from 1-3pm ET and finishes up on CBS from 3-6pm ET. Featured groups and holes will also be streamed live on PGA Tour Live. Radio coverage is provided PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and online at PGATour.com/liveaudio

 

 


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About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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