2020 3M Open Recap

Michael Thompson Wins Second Career PGA Tour Event

Blaine, MN – Michael Thompson beat a large pack of contenders to the finish line to earn his second career PGA Tour title at the 2020 3M Open.  Thompson started the day tied for the lead and kept his nerve down the stretch, shooting 67 to finish at -19.  Thompson rolled in a classy birdie putt to cement his two shot victory and mark seven years between wins. 

The tournament was a birdie fest in its inaugural edition last year and this year proved no different, with 12 number of players within four of the lead.  With the golf course playing soft and few strategic decisions to be made, the tournament was in stark contrast to last week’s Memorial Tournament where the cream rose to the top in extremely challenging conditions.  

Yet there was plenty of entertainment for golf fans as players jockeyed for position during the final round.  Adam Long (-17) was one of the big movers of the day, shooting 64 on the heels of his third round 63 to finish in solo second.  Robby Shelton (-16) also notched the best finish of his young PGA Tour career.  He caught fire, carding a final round 64 after being +1 through six holes.

Some other notable performances included Tony Finau (T3, -16), who failed to win again after being in contention, having started the final round two back of the leaders; Emiliano Grillo (also T3) a bit of a forgotten man who played very solid golf all week; Charles Howell III (also T3) who showed that he can still contend; and defending champion Matthew Wolff (T12, -14) who played well but fell just short of contending.

Next week, many of the world’s top ranked players will head to TPC Southwind in Memphis for the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational where Brooks Koepka will defend his title and attempt to get his game back on track against a field that includes Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.  The Barracuda Championship is the opposite field event.

Michael Thompson What’s In The Bag

Driver: Ping G400 LST 11° (Fujikura Ventus Black 6X)

3 Wood: Ping G400 15° (Fujikura Ventus Black 7X)

7 Wood: Ping G410 18° (Fujikura Ventus Black 8X)

Irons: Ping Blueprint 4-P (KBS $-Taper 130X)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 52°, 56°, 60° (KBS $-Taper 130 X)

Putter: Ping Anser 4 Proto

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Dylan Thaemert has been a contributor to Plugged In Golf since 2018. He is a clinical mental health therapist living in the Twin Cities area. He is passionate about travel, the arts, and is always searching for ways to increase his knowledge of the game of golf.

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