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With the Open Championship now done and dusted, we wave goodbye to the majors for another season, though top-level golf is far from finished. There are still several tournaments on the PGA Tour for players to contest. This week, we have the 3M Open, which since 2019, has been yearly PGA Tour event.
Where is the 3M open played?
The 3M Open is one of the newer events on the PGA Tour having first been played in 2019. It has always been played at TPC Twin Cities, which can be found in Minnesota.
The course is situated in the Minneapolis region of the North Star State. It opened for business back in 2000 after being designed by legendary player turned course designer Arnold Palmer. Tom Lehman, born and raised in Minnesota and who won 35 times as a professional golfer, was also involved in the design of this course.
As this is a relatively new event, there are only four previous 3M Open winners. The 2019 edition was won by Matthew Wolff, before Michael Thompson claimed victory in 2020. 2021 saw Cameron Champ win the 3M Open, finishing at -15 for the tournament, while Ton Finau secured his third PGA Tour success in this competition last year, sparking what turned out to be a run of fin form, culminating in three wins in five months.
TPC Twin Cities course info
TPC Twin Cities, as the name suggests, is a course that features as part of the TPC collective, which stands for Tournament Players Club. This course used to feature on the Champions Tour, though in 2018, the decision was made to feature TPC Twin Cities on the PGA Tour for at least the next seven years, thus the 3M Open was born.
The Minneapolis course was originally set up with all-out-attacking golf in mind, but things have since changed a little. Ahead of TPC Twin Cities’ arrival on the PGA Tour schedule, the course was upgraded. The over yardage was extended to 7,431 yards, while one of the Par 5’s became a Par 4 to further challenge the best players in the world.
Part of the re-modelling on TPC Twin Cities involved the narrowing of fairways, while the intensity of some of the rough was raised, plus a few extra bunkers were added too.
The narrowing of the fairways and the addition of extra hazards has increased the importance of accurate driving. To thrive at TPC Twin Cities, you must drive the ball well, so look for those players who consistently enjoy themselves in that respect.
What does it take to win at TPC Twin Cities?
Solid driving is a must, but perhaps more importantly, players need to do the business on approach. Those losing, or even not gaining strokes on the field on approach will struggle to win this tournament. In each of the four renewals of the 3M Open, strokes gained: approach has been the key metric, with the winner finishing no lower than an average of seventh at the end of the week in terms of SG: Approach.
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