Now that you're primed for low scoring in the Midwest, settle in for another seat for what promises to be a display of fireworks at the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota.
Beginning on Independence Day, the inaugural event at TPC Twin Cities is new only to the PGA TOUR. From 2001-2018, the course hosted the PGA TOUR Champions. Despite contesting customarily over 54 holes, five winners reached 20-under or lower, including the last two.
That is exactly the kind of experience that tournament organizers want to renew this week. With as many as, count 'em, three drivable par 4s in the rotation, red numbers are promised all weekend. Scroll past the projected contenders for more on TPC Twin Cities and the tournament.
Rocket Mortgage Classic champion Nate Lashley, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau and Pat Perez will be among the notables covered in Tuesday's Fantasy Insider.
Because a 156-man field of PGA TOUR talent would have torched the test that the 50-and-older crowd aced, five-time PGA TOUR winner and Minnesota's native son, Tom Lehman, was commissioned to beef up TPC Twin Cities in anticipation of the 3M Open.
Essentially, only the bentgrass greens were left alone as most of the rest of the property was modified in some way. Trees were planted, fairways were narrowed (the primary rough will be allowed to grow to three-and-a-half inches), bunkers were modernized and new tees were constructed. In all, the yardage on 12 holes is different than when the PGA TOUR Champions was last in town 11 months ago.
The net rise to this week's 7,468-yard layout is 354 yards, and that reflects a reduction of 45 yards on the third hole. While now only 501 yards, it'll play as a par 4 instead of the par 5 with which the seniors were familiar. Overall par for the 3M Open is 71.
Holes 7, 10 and 16 each figure to be played as a drivable par 4 at least once during the tournament. With respective yardages of 381, 379 and 411, the risk-reward element will be alive and commonplace. For the record, only No. 10 wasn't extended in Lehman's renovation.
The finale will be worth the wait as well since the lake guarding the par-5, 596-yard 18th hole was expanded and brought closer to the fairway on the golfer's right.
Summertime conditions are in store, and that means that rain and boomers cannot be ruled out throughout the tournament. The threat wanes over time, but it doesn't disappear. Light winds will assist in low scores. Daytimes highs start in the low 80s for the holiday and dip into the upper 70s by Sunday.
ROB BOLTON’S SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton recaps and previews every tournament from numerous angles. Look for his following contributions as scheduled.
TUESDAY*: Sleepers, Fantasy Insider
WEDNESDAY: One & Done, Champions One & Done
* - Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which also publishes on Tuesdays.