Power Rankings: 3M Open



The 36-year-old establishes a theme here. He’s among many with success at TPC Twin Cities and proven to sustain sparkling form. He snapped out of his rut with a 4-for-5 with a T6 at the Barracuda Championship. Also proven to deliver under pressure.


Missed cut at the Genesis Scottish Open while his pal, Vincent Norrman, broke through in Kentucky at the Barbasol Championship. Reunited inside the ropes this week at TPC Twin Cities, where powerful tee-to-green game plays way up. A T4 at the John Deere Classic among three top 25s since turning pro.


The debutant has been a top-25 machine all year, so it looks like a misprint that he’s never had a top 10 on the PGA TOUR. Leans on length off the tee and strong putting to score, so the good-sized targets at TPC Twin Cities will be inviting.


Although he was beaten in a playoff at the Barracuda, he still climbed out of his mini slump in a massive way. It’s been part of his profile throughout his career, and it’s often paved a path to another strong performance. Third appearance.


It’s been a curious couple of months. Since the jaunt to take a title in his native South Korea in mid-May (at the Woori Financial Group Championship on the Korean Tour), he hadn’t had a top 20 until a T20 at The Open. He’s 2-for-2 at TPC Twin Cities, with a T2 last year and a scoring average of 67.50.


Hasn’t been lighting up leaderboards but he’s not far behind the crowd, so his cachet stands a little taller this week. Finished T13 in two of his last three starts and numerous others like it before that. Posted a T7 in the first 3M Open in 2019.


These are his people! Well, it’s close enough to be a home game for the North Dakotan. He’s scuffled a bit of late, just like last summer before a T4 at TPC Twin Cities. But he was lurking after three rounds of the Scottish before finishing T19.


After connecting T6s at the John Deere and the Scottish, he finished T41 at The Open, so the form is fine, and that’s not insignificant for a veteran who rides a groove. He’s 2-for-2 at TPC Twin Cities with a T11 (2022) and scoring average of 69.13.


The PGA TOUR sophomore bounces in off a T6 at the John Deere and a T8 at The Open, so expectations are buzzing. Already among the elite from tee to green, but it’ll be a crash course on learning the nuances of the greens in his debut.


Surging at a lucrative time. Paid off his decision to skip the Scottish with a T10 at the Barracuda. That piggybacked a T6 at the John Deere, so he has four top 10s in his last seven starts. In his only prior trip to the 3M, he placed T16 in 2021.


Rested since missing the cut at the Deere, inexplicably, too, after having just played his way into a playoff in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, but Minnesota faithful will feel like home. The Canadian has rewarded them with a solo fourth (2019) and a T6 (2021).


With his torrid pace of a T4 (Rocket Mortgage), a T6 (John Deere) and a solo fifth (Barbasol), it doesn’t matter if he’s played anywhere before because his putter is reliable again, but it never hurts. Fourth trip; T7 in the inaugural edition of 2019.


While he still needs to execute, this is what his current trajectory needs. In his last six starts, he’s without a top 30 and missed three cuts, but the defending champion is perfect in all four editions of the 3M with a scoring average of 67.69.


At 23rd in the FedExCup, it’d be understandable if the recent winner at the Charles Schwab Challenge opted for rest in advance of the Playoffs, but he’s fresh off a T6 at Royal Liverpool, and he’s risen for a pair of podium finishes at TPC Twin Cities. Game on!


His periodic punches of brilliance amid stretches of silence speak to confidence over concern, but he’s gone on a heater before, too. After connecting for victory in the Quad Cities, he was among the four T2s at The Open. T18 here in 2020.

As the 2022-23 PGA TOUR season comes to a close, golf enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the next two tournaments, the 3M Open and the Wyndham Championship. These events will finalize the field of 70 for the FedExCup Playoffs. The 3M Open, set to take place at TPC Twin Cities, is a traditional stroke-play competition that promises excitement and drama as players vie for victory.

Leading the pack in our Power Rankings is Sepp Straka from Austria. Straka's occasional bursts of brilliance interspersed with moments of silence reflect his unwavering confidence. Having previously secured victory in the Quad Cities and finishing among the four T2s at The Open, he poses a significant threat to the competition. Not far behind is Emiliano Grillo from Argentina, who recently claimed victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Grillo's impressive performance at TPC Twin Cities, with a pair of podium finishes, sets the stage for a thrilling battle on the greens.

Defending champion Tony Finau is ranked third in our Power Rankings. While his recent form might not have been flawless, he boasts a perfect record in all four editions of the 3M Open, with a scoring average of 67.69. This course familiarity and his determination to retain the title make him a formidable contender.

Lucas Glover follows closely in fourth place, having displayed consistent and impressive results in recent tournaments, including a T4 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, a T6 at the John Deere, and a solo fifth at the Barbasol Championship. Glover's revived putting game adds to his potency on the course.

Adam Hadwin, the talented Canadian golfer, secures the fifth position. Although he had a disappointing outing at the Deere, his past performances at TPC Twin Cities have been commendable, with a solo fourth and a T6 in previous editions of the tournament.

The field is full of skilled players with diverse playing styles, such as Cameron Young, Mark Hubbard, and Hideki Matsuyama, each bringing their unique strengths to the competition. Young, a PGA TOUR sophomore, recently impressed with a T6 at the John Deere Classic and a T8 at The Open, indicating great potential in his debut at TPC Twin Cities.

Hubbard, on the other hand, has been on a streak of top 10 finishes, culminating in a T10 at the Barracuda Championship, proving his consistent form leading up to the 3M Open. Matsuyama, a well-known Japanese golfer, may not have been topping leaderboards, but his steady performance keeps him firmly in contention.

The 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities is expected to be an exhilarating event, with players ready to embrace the challenge of the well-prepared course. Sweltering conditions will test their endurance and strategic skills, but rain predictions over the weekend might bring some relief. Regardless, the players' focus on aggressive pin attacks will be a key strategy for success.

The course itself presents formidable challenges, with bentgrass greens and high roughs of up to 4 inches. The par-5 18th hole, in particular, proved to be the toughest last year, demanding a risk-reward approach off the tee and into the green over water.

As the tournament unfolds, fans will be treated to spectacular displays of skill and resilience from the world's best golfers. The stakes are high as the field of 156 competes for the coveted title and a spot in the prestigious FedExCup Playoffs. Brace yourselves for an action-packed and unforgettable 3M Open.