You need to go low to get high on the leaderboard at 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities; Dustin Johnson did not and missed cut

The TPC Twin Cities speedway is running like the Indy 500 as players maximize the RPMs in search of red numbers.

You need to go low to get high on the leaderboard at 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities; Dustin Johnson did not and missed cut

BLAINE, Minn. – Par is not always your friend.

Not at the 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities speedway, which is running like the Indy 500 as players maximize the RPMs in search of red numbers to keep up. With scoring conditions on the optimal side – mostly manageable wind through two rounds, course a touch on the soft side, generous fairways, getable pins and plenty of wedges in hand for approach shots – idling through a long stretch of pars tests the patience and does little to boost the scorecard.

Shoot a round in the 70s here and you’re getting lapped. Case in point: Rickie Fowler, who is looking for his first win in more than two years, held a share of the overnight lead after a 64 but shot 73 and fell into a tie for 26th.

“You only have one option. You know you’re going to have to shoot a good round or else you’re going to get left behind,” said Bo Hoag, who followed up his opening-round 67 with a 66 on Friday. “There’s no real guessing game. Just got to be pretty aggressive with the scoring clubs in your hands.

“Played a good round yesterday and it’s nice to get back out and put another one with it. Sometimes it’s easy to kind of back off and just maybe play a little more conservatively when you get off to a good start, but I kind of kept the pedal down today.”

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Even when winds picked up in the afternoon, Adam Hadwin had no trouble going low and grabbing a share of the 36-hole lead. With what he called a stress free, bogey-free, 6-under-par 65, Hadwin moved in front of the traffic jam at the top of the top of the leaderboard at 10 under and was joined there by Ryan Armour, who birdied his last to shoot 65. Hadwin knows how to go low; he shot a 59 in the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge in the southern California desert.

“It is a different mindset, but I wasn’t thinking score at all,” said Hadwin, who finished fourth in the inaugural 3M Open in 2019. “Wasn’t in any trouble, hit a lot of good quality iron shots. Fat sides of the hole, I gave myself opportunities.

“I’m trying to take the outcome out of it at all costs. It’s hard to not do it at times; you’re looking at your name on the first page of the leaderboard and climbing up, but again, I just did a really good job of going through the process with my caddie, picking a target, picking and end point and just trying to hit a golf shot.

“My goal is to do that for the next 36 holes, win or lose.”

Armour isn’t going to change his approach despite knowing he needs to go low.

“I can’t change much; I am who I am,” he said. “I’m going to try and hit fairways; I’m going to try and hit it on the green and give myself as many opportunities as I can. I can’t overpower anything out here the way some of the young kids do, so I’ve just got to go about my way, not their way.”

World No. 2 Dustin Johnson was at a loss all week. After tying for eighth in last week’s British Open, Johnson’s week began by needing a new caddie – his brother, Austin, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and drove back to Florida to begin quarantine. TaylorMade VP of Tour Operations Keith Sbarbaro, who has caddied for Johnson in the past, took over the duties.

But Johnson could only post rounds of 70-72 and missed his third cut of the year, which fell at 2 under as 73 players made it to the weekend. Last year, Johnson withdrew from the tournament with an injured back after shooting a 78 in the first round.

“The wind definitely picked up this afternoon, made it play a little difficult, but got off to a pretty good start,” Johnson said. “Just didn’t hit enough fairways on the back nine. Tried to hang in there.”

Hadwin and Armour have plenty of company on the first page of the leaderboard.

One shot back at 9 under were Hoag, Chez Reavie (67), Roger Sloan (69) and Jhonattan Vegas (69).

At 8 under were Brian Stuard (64) and Maverick McNealy (67).

Among the 10 players at 7 under were major champions Keegan Bradley (67), Gary Woodland (66), Jimmy Walker (67) and Charl Schwartzel (68).

Overnight storms are expected, which moved tournament officials to push back tee times for Saturday’s third round. Players will go off both tees in threesomes between 10 a.m. and noon CT. The storms will soften the course, which is always welcomed when trying to go low.

“It’s hard, it’s really hard, but at the end of the day, and especially coming off a good round, you’ve just got to try to piece another good round together,” Vegas said of needing to go low to keep up with the pace car. “Obviously, the conditions are not super easy, you still have to hit really good shots around this place.

“I played solidly. I can’t really complain too much.”

Sloan wasn’t complaining too much after making his only bogey of the week on the par-5 18th when his second shot wound up in the water. By his way of thinking, it could prove beneficial.

“Tough to end with a bogey, but at the same time it was nice to get that bogey out of the way. We don’t have to think about being bogey-free anymore, so it sets us up for a good week,” he said. “I didn’t really think about it until my caddie and I were walking off the green. He just said, ‘Well, we don’t have to worry about going bogey free anymore,’ and it kind of loosens you up a little bit.

“So, maybe donating a shot back there at the last could help us play a little bit more freely on the weekend.”

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3M Open tee times, TV info for Saturday's third round

Everything you need to know for the third round of the 2021 3M Open.

3M Open tee times, TV info for Saturday's third round

Adam Hadwin and Ryan Armour are in control through two rounds of the 3M Open after both have posted opening rounds of 67-65 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, to reach 10 under and share the second-round lead.

The pair have just a one-shot advantage over four players sitting at 9 under.

Overnight storms are expected, which moved tournament officials to push back tee times for Saturday’s third round. Players will go off both tees in threesomes between 10 a.m. and noon CT.

From tee times to TV and streaming info, here’s everything you need to know for the third round of the 2021 3M Open.

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Tee times

1st tee

Tee time Players
10:53 a.m. Denny McCarthy, Brandt Snedeker, Matthew Wolff
11:04 a.m. Mito Pereira, Ryan Brehm, Sam Ryder
11:15 a.m. Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Scott Brown
11:26 a.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Scott Stallings, Rickie Fowler
11:37 a.m. Chris Baker, Luke Donald, Nick Watney
11:48 a.m. Cameron Champ, Mark Hubbard, Adam Schenk
11:59 a.m. Sung Kang, Louis Oosthuizen, K.H. Lee
12:10 p.m. Jimmy Walker, David Lingmerth, Charl Schwartzel
12:21 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Troy Merritt, Gary Woodland
12:32 p.m. Brice Garnett, J.T. Poston, Cameron Tringale
12:43 p.m. Brian Stuard, Maverick McNealy, Jonathan Byrd
12:54 p.m. Chez Reavie, Jhonattan Vegas, Roger Sloan
1:05 p.m. Adam Hadwin, Ryan Armour, Bo Hoag

10th tee

Tee time Players
10:53 a.m. Michael Kim, Adam Long, Camilo Villegas
11:04 a.m. Bo Van Pelt, Hank Lebioda, Josh Teater
11:15 a.m. Chesson Hadley, Michael Thompson, Keith Mitchell
11:26 a.m. Beau Hossler, Michael Gellerman, Luke List
11:37 a.m. Martin Trainer, Tony Finau, Patton Kizzire
11:48 a.m. Aaron Baddeley, Cameron Percy, Cam Davis
11:59 a.m. Patrick Reed, Chase Seiffert, Joseph Bramlett
12:10 p.m. Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Patrick Rodgers, Tom Lewis
12:21 p.m. Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Scott Piercy
12:32 p.m. Charles Howell III, Joel Dahmen, David Hearn
12:43 p.m. Erik Van Rooyen, Austin Eckroat
12:54 p.m. Michael Gligic, MJ Daffue

TV, streaming, radio information

Saturday, July 24

TV

Golf Channel (Watch for free on fuboTV): 1-3 p.m.
CBS: 
3-6 p.m.

STREAMING

PGA Tour Live: 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 1-6 p.m.

Sunday, July 25

TV

Golf Channel (Watch for free on fuboTV): 1-3 p.m.
CBS: 
3-6 p.m.

STREAMING

PGA Tour Live: 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 1-6 p.m.

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