2020 3M Open leaderboard, takeaways: Tony Finau near lead after Round 3 at TPC Twin Cities
The closing stretch at the 3M Open on Saturday provided plenty of intrigue with a drivable par-4, a tough par-3 that was playing to nearly the same scoring average as the par-4 and a par-5 closer where anything could — and did — happen. It’s a fabulous three-hole stretch and it shook up the leaderboard at the very end of the day in Round 3.
Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski retain the co-lead they held on Friday evening after both shot 68s on Saturday (roller-coaster 68s, but 68s nonetheless). Let’s take a look at the rest board and who has a chance come Sunday evening at TPC Twin Cities.
T1. Michael Thompson (-15) — It almost came apart for Thompson over the last few holes. After a lipped-out birdie at the 15th, he had to get up and down on No. 16, made bogey on No. 17 and hit it in the water off the tee at the 18th. Still, he somehow leads after getting up and down again from the bunker on No. 18. His swing looked really good for the first 15 or so holes, but it got a little dicey coming home. Thompson is a nice player, but that’s something to remember come the final round.
T1. Richy Werenski (-15) — Incredibly, as Werenski looked to be fading a bit on Saturday, he rebounded by making birdie at three of his last four holes and one-putted all four of them. I keep not believing in Werenski, and he keeps proving me wrong. A win on Sunday — the first of his career — would be a fabulous story in what has been a dream week thus far for him.
T3. Tony Finau, Charl Schwartzel (-13) — Finau did what he needed to do on Saturday: he kept the lead within striking distance and didn’t play his way out of it by trailing by four or five going into the final round. He’s still in control of the tournament despite driving it so poorly on Saturday. Closing time now for Finau, though. He’s had 33 (thirty-three!) top 10s in his last four years without a win. He needs to change that number at some point soon if he truly wants to be considered one of the 10-15 best players in the world.
5. Max Homa (-12) — After a bumpy Friday, Homa was lights out on Saturday with a stellar 64. He spoke after his round about how he’s felt good about the swing, but he hasn’t seen anything fall on key putts. That’s changed this week as he’s currently eighth in putting.
“I know where my game is typically all the time and I’ve known it’s been really good,” Homa said. “Like I said a couple days ago, the putts weren’t going in and it made me feel kind of anxious at all times that you just can’t really a mistake. Finally get to feel like I free up the swing and I’m hitting it even better than I was before, I guess. Then making some putts on top always helps.”
T6. Cameron Tringale, Denny McCarthy, Alex Noren, Harris English, Ryan Moore, Nick Watney, Cameron Davis (-11) — English was my pick for the week, and he very quietly just shot 65-67 on Friday and Saturday to rocket up the leaderboard after a poor first round. He’ll likely need something in the mid-60s again on Sunday to have a chance to win, but the best season of his career will likely move forward with a sixth top 10 in just 15 events.
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Horrible drive from Finau on the par-4 16th (which is drivable today). Almost hits it in the water.
Finau back to solo second after a fairly easy birdie on No. 12. Thompson is hanging tough at the top at -16 with no bogeys today. He also bogeyed the 12th.
Need to get Max involved on Sunday. Would love to see him up near the top of this group.
Cameron Tringale (63) and Denny McCarthy (64) are both on the first page of the leaderboard.
3 things you should know after Round 3 at the 3M Open
By: Nick Piastowski
Michael Thompson tees off on the 6th hole at TPC Twin Cities on Saturday.
The leaders after the third round are the same as after the second. The players behind them are mostly different. On moving day, some did, some didn’t. Here are three things you should know after Saturday’s third round of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minn.
Richy Werenski and Michael Thompson lead
Richy Werenski and Michael Thompson opened the day with a one-shot lead. They ended it with a two-shot advantage.
Thompson had held the lead alone until a rough final two holes. On the par-3 17th, he missed the green right, chipped on and two-putted for bogey. He hit his next shot in the water. On the par-5 18th, he went right off the tee, dropped, then hit a heroic shot over the water in front of the green before getting up and down for a par and a 3-under 68.
Werenski jumped back into a share of the lead after a strong final four holes. He birdied 15 and 16. On 18, he knocked his approach to about 8 feet and rolled in the birdie for his 3-under 68. Both he and Thompson are at 15-under.
“I did a good job of just kind of hanging in there, grinding along, giving myself looks,” Werenski said. “And then I made like, I don’t know, a 6-footer on 14 or 15 and then just kind of clicked again. Gave myself a chance going into tomorrow.”
Tony Finau is contending
Last week, Tony Finau held the lead midway through the third round of the Memorial, only to stumble, shooting 4-over over a six-hole stretch on the back nine. Lesson learned. Saturday, tied for third entering the day and playing in the final grouping with Werenski and Thompson, Finau started birdie, bogey, bogey. He was 3-under from there for a 2-under 69, and he and Charl Schwartzel are two shots out of the lead.
“I’m definitely proud of myself on just being mentally strong and emotionally strong,” Finau said. “It was a tough finish last week, but every week is a new week. Every week you have an opportunity to prove yourself. That’s what I love about the game. Doesn’t matter how well you played the last week or how terrible you played, you have a new week to prove yourself and I’ve gotten another opportunity to try to prove myself tomorrow.”
Schwartzel was among those who rose up the leaderboard. He shot a 5-under 66; Max Homa shot a 7-under 64 and is now fifth and three shots back, and among the seven players tied for sixth and four shots back are Cameron Tringale, who shot a 8-under 63, and Denny McCarthy, who fired a 7-under 64.
Defending champion Matthew Wolff was among those who fell down the leaderboard. Entering the day three shots out of the lead, he’s now five back after a 1-under 70.
Max Homa and Cameron Tringale go low
Homa, who started the day in 24th place and seven shots out of the lead, had eight birdies. None of his birdie putts were longer than 15 feet.
Tringale, who started the day tied for 38th, was 3-under through four holes, 6-under through nine and 9-under through 17 before bogeying his last hole.
“Golf’s a game of confidence,” he said. “I love where I’m at. I love where my game’s at. Sundays are a different day, so I’m excited about the opportunity. Yeah, my game feels good, so as long as I can keep swinging freely and I’m rolling it really nice and if I give myself chances, I like where I’m at.”