3M Open report: Michael Thompson holds nerve in Minnesota to secure second PGA Tour title

Michael Thompson: US golfer celebrates victory at the 3M Open in Minnesota

A review of the action at the 3M Open in Minnesota, as Michael Thompson secured a second PGA Tour win.


Leaderboard

-19 M Thompson

-17 Lon

-16 Shelton, Howell III, Grillo, Noren, Finau, Homa, Tringale, Werenski, Schwartzel

-14 Wolff, Hoag, Zhang, C Davis, R Moore, Watney


Final round report

Michael Thompson: US golfer celebrates victory at the 3M Open in Minnesota

American Michael Thompson held off a late challenge from Adam Long to record a two-stroke win at the 3M Open in Minnesota.

Thompson had held a share of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round with Richy Werenski, two shots clear of South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and Tony Finau.

It was Long, though, who continued his momentum from an eight-under-par third round to challenge at the top of the leaderboard as he signed for a 64 which put him at 17-under – and could have been lower but for a bogey at the second last.

Thompson, however, kept his nerve to land a superb bunker shot to within three feet of the 16th pin and rolled in a key birdie.

The American then picked up another shot at the last from 14 feet to card a 67 and finish at 19-under for the tournament, securing only his second PGA Tour win of his career and first since 2013.

An emotional Thompson choked back tears as he reflected on his second PGA Tour win, seven years after his first.

“I don’t know what to say – this is so exciting,” the 35-year-old told CBS.

“I just played such good golf today and stayed within myself, believed in myself. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Former Masters champion Schwartzel and Werenski – who had dropped three shots on the front nine – finished in a group of nine players at 16-under-par following their respective rounds of 68 and 70.

Finau, the world number 17, birdied the 18th hole in his round of 68 to join Schwartzel and Werenski amid a nine-way tie for third.

Sweden’s Alex Noren, Charles Howell III and Argentinian Emiliano Grillo were also at 16 under, alongside Robby Shelton, who carded a 64 to climb up the leaderboard, Max Holma and Cameron Tringale.

England’s Tom Lewis, the only Briton to make the cut, shot a final round of 68 to finish at 10 under in a tie for 32nd place.

Round three report

Richy Werenski salvaged a good round from an up-and-down Saturday

Richy Werenski birdied three of the closing four holes on Saturday to move back into a share of the lead in the 3M Open.

One of our pre-tournament selections at odds of 90/1, the American had given away a fine start to the third round by playing a run of seven holes from the fifth in two-over, as birdies were again flying in around him.

But from the moment he birdied the 15th and Michael Thompson's similar putt lipped out, Werenski began eating into the lead the latter had established, and they walked off the 18th green level again at the top.

Tony Finau recovered from two early mistakes to move into a share of third with Charl Schwartzel, who made an eagle at the sixth in a round of 66 which confirmed his fondness for the course.

Max Homa shot 64 to move into fifth, but the round of the day came from Cameron Tringale, who shot 63 despite a bogey at his final hole to climb 32 places into a tie for sixth, five off the lead.

Round two report

Tommy Fleetwood missed the cut at the 3M Open in Minnesota on his return to competitive golf.

Fleetwood could only manage a second-round 72 on another day of low scoring at TPC Twin Cities and fell three strokes short of making the weekend.

The 29-year-old chose to miss the first six events of the PGA Tour to stay with his family in England.

Fleetwood went out in level-par 35 after bogeying the second and picking up a birdie on the par-three eighth.

A bogey at the 11th was followed by a birdie at the 12th and he needed an eagle at the par-five 18th to play the final two rounds.

But a six ended his hopes and Fleetwood joined the list of big-name casualties who dropped out at the halfway stage.

Fellow Englishmen Luke Donald and Paul Casey were a shot further back on two over after shooting 70 and 72 respectively.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka missed the cut by one shot after a 71 and was joined on one under by Bubba Watson, who carded a disappointing 74.

World number four Dustin Johnson, the highest ranked player in Minnesota, withdrew on Thursday after shooting 78 and citing a back problem.

England’s Ben Taylor hit a second-round 66 to miss the cut by one stroke.

American pair Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski led at the halfway stage on 12-under par.

Thompson carded six birdies against just one bogey, including draining a 19-foot putt for a two on the short 17th, in his five-under 65, while Werenski followed his opening-day 63 with 67.

Tony Finau and Talor Gooch are one shot behind, with last year’s champion Matthew Wolff two shots further back.

England’s Tom Lewis was the only Briton to make the cut, an even-par 71 leaving him nine shots off the pace at three-under.


Round one report

American Richy Werenski, backed by our golf tipster Ben Coley each-way at 90/1, calmly sank a short birdie on the par-five 18th to take an opening round lead at the 3M Open in Minnesota, while 150/1 tip Xinjun Zhang is just two shots off the lead.

28-year-old Werensk made the most of some friendly greens as he shot an eight-under 63 at TPC Twin Cities on Thursday, with his round including nine birdies and a single bogey.

A consistent performance throughout the day puts him one shot in front of Michael Thompson, who was keeping pace with Werenski until the latter’s final birdie.

Defending champion Matthew Wolff and Tony Finau are part of a six man gang sitting two shots back at six-under.

Finau, who led at the Memorial Tournament last week before shooting 73-78 over the weekend, responded from that collapse by posting 65, as he set the equal lowest score of the morning groups.

Finau made close-range birdies at the 12th and 16th before starting his second nine with four birdies in a six-hole stretch from the first.

One man who will not be competing for the title is Dustin Johnson, who withdrew after an opening-round 78 due to a back injury.

Elsewhere, Ireland’s Seamus Power and England’s Tom Lewis led the way for the British contingent thanks to their shared score of three-under 68.

They are both currently tied for 27th, well ahead of the next-closest Briton Tommy Fleetwood.

In what was his first tournament since the resumption of the PGA Tour, Fleetwood was left to rue a double bogey on the 18th which saw him finish with an even 71.

Heading into the tournament, the 12th-ranked Fleetwood said his focus was just on playing well, without having a particular score in mind.

He told a pre-tournament press conference: “I’m definitely not going to use time off as any kind of excuse if I don’t play well because I feel like I’ve had a lot of good practice and playing time. So hopefully I can just pick it up and come out here and put in a strong performance.

“We’ll see. And if not, then I’m definitely going to learn from this week moving into the weeks ahead where there are some pretty big weeks coming up.”

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