(CBS Minnesota) — TPC Twin Cities opened a little bit over twenty years in the past in Blaine, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It was there that famend golfers Arnold Palmer and Tom Lehman, the latter a Minnesota native, turned what was as soon as a sod farm right into a haven for championship golf. The par-71, 7,431-yard hyperlinks course, framed by grand oaks, spruce and pines, flows by the prairie and hilly terrain of the Minnesota countryside. Small lakes dot the structure.
The course had been a daily cease on the PGA Tour Champions since 2001, internet hosting the 3M Championship by 2018. With that occasion’s conclusion, TPC Twin Cities undertook renovations to organize itself for its debut on the PGA Tour as host of the 3M Open in 2019. It was the first time a course had made that transition.
The “aggressive enhancements” started simply days after the 2018 Champions. Lengthy, harsh Minnesota winters restricted the timetable for the work. The renovations lengthened the structure to its present distance and narrowed it to up the issue. What as soon as performed as one of many Senior Tour’s easier courses elevated in distance by over 400 yards.
Most of the adjustments affected TPC Twin Cities’ ending holes. On the par-4 sixteenth gap, tough was changed with bentgrass, and bunkers have been moved to slender the opening. The par-3 seventeenth gap acquired new tee containers. The lake on the par-5 18th gap doubled in dimension, fully altering how gamers need to method it. Additional room was inbuilt to accommodate grandstands and hospitality, house that can be wanted once more at this 12 months’s occasion.
TPC Twin Cities eases gamers in with a comparatively quick par-4 that gives loads of birdie possibilities. At 593 yards, the par-5 sixth gap is a double dogleg resulting in a large placing inexperienced. The seventh gap, nicknamed “Tom’s Thumb,” is a 372-yard par-4, that might see some eagles, regardless of the brand new pushed-back tee. The ninth gap is a protracted par-4 at 489 yards, however tends to not play as much as that distance due to the wind. The treacherous inexperienced slopes towards a lake on the proper. The par-4 14th gap, measuring 415 yards, doglegs left round Cavner’s Cove.
“We would like birdies and prepare wrecks,” as Hollis Cavner, the event’s govt director, stated earlier than the inaugural event. ”We really feel very comfy that this golf course goes to play arduous and quick. It’s going to play lengthy. If we get wind, it’s a game-changer.”
That typically wasn’t the case in opposition to its first PGA Tour discipline. Matthew Wolff shot 21-under for the occasion in simply his third PGA Tour occasion as an expert. The thrilling end included two eagles. Bryson DeChambeau’s was adopted by Wolff’s 26-foot eagle putt for the lead and the win. He bested DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa by only one stroke. The reduce line was 4-under. Twelve gamers completed the weekend higher than 15-under.
The event’s second discipline fared virtually as nicely. Final 12 months Michael Thompson birdied two of his final three holes to safe a two-stroke win. He shot 19-under for the occasion. Adam Lengthy, who barely made the reduce, completed second. 9 gamers completed one stroke behind Lengthy.
This 12 months’s 3M Open falls every week after the Open Championship and every week earlier than the Males’s golf competitors on the Olympics. Thompson returns to defend his title. Dustin Johnson, the world’s second-ranked participant, can also be within the discipline.
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