2022 3M Open Recap

Tony Finau Wins the 2022 3M Open

Blaine, MN – Tony Finau (-17) came from behind to win the 2022 3M Open.  It is his third win on the PGA Tour.  Finau started the day five strokes back of 54 hole leader Scott Piercy.  But as Piercy faltered, Finau kept up his strong play and finally got some of his many birdie opportunities to drop.  He shot 67 to follow up his third round 65 and finished three clear of Sungjae Im and Emiliano Grillo.

Piercy looked in control all week long and began the final round with a four stroke lead.  He has always been known as a top class ball striker but rarely has been able to get the putter on the same level.  That’s exactly what happened this weekend in Minnesota but he couldn’t keep it going Sunday.  The tournament was his to lose and that’s exactly what he did, carding a five over 76 to finish T4 at -13.

Right now the PGA Tour is under more of a microscope than ever before and is suddenly facing competition from an upstart league that is happy to burn incredible sums of money to get its product off the ground.  In that context, Finau is arguably an ideal winner from an excitement and public image perspective.  The dramatic comeback didn’t hurt either.

Some other players who had notable weeks included James Hahn and Tom Hoge, who finished T4 alongside Piercy; Englishmen Danny Willett and Callum Tarren finished T7 at -10 alongside Greyson Sigg and improved their standing heading toward the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Two of the higher ranked players in the field, Davis Riley and Sahith Theegala, missed the cut.  Hideki Matsuyama DQ’d after a first round 77 amid rumors that he will be one of the next big stars to bolt for greener pastures.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.  While many of the top players will continue to rest ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the field features some strong players and many looking to secure their status for next season.  Some of the top players in the field include Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Max Homa, Cameron Young, and Will Zalatoris.

Tony Finau What’s In The Bag

Driver: Ping G425 LST 9° (Mitsubishi Diamana D Limited 70 TX)

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue ST 14° (Mitsubishi Diamana D Limited 80 TX)

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3, Ping Blueprint 4-P (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 TX)

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50-12, 56-12, WedgeWorks Proto 60-T (Nippon N.S. Pro Wedge)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2 prototype (Garsen Golf Quad Pro grip)

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Dylan Thaemert

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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