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Cameron Tringale shoots 66 to lead 3M Open

BLAINE, Minn. — Cameron Tringale made a short par putt on the treacherous par-5 18th hole at the 3M Open for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Saturday over Gary Woodland and Maverick McNealy. RELATED: Leaderboard | A virus threat took Marc Leishman’s Olympic dream once, but not this time Tringale, who tied for third last year at the TPC Twin Cities, eagled the par-5 12th and had three birdies in a bogey-free round. Winless on the PGA TOUR, the 33-year-old topped the crowded leaderboard at 12-under 201. Woodland overcame a double bogey on No. 1 with birdies on five of his next six holes in a 67. McNealy had a bogey-free 68. Pat Perez shot a 66 to join an eight-way tie for fourth, two shots off the lead. Four players were three strokes back. Louis Oosthuizen, the highest-ranked player remaining at No. 9 in the world and in the FedExCup standings, was in a six-way tie for 16th place at only four shots behind. During yet another unseasonable day of 90-plus-degree heat, the scores crept up throughout the afternoon with the thermometer as drier and breezier air affected the play. Keith Mitchell had a record-tying seven straight birdies to start his round on his way to a 29 on the back nine. The front nine? He posted a 37 for a 66 that left him four strokes behind Tringale. Rickie Fowler birdied six of his first 10 holes, before a triple bogey on the 18th left him with a 70 and a tie for 29th in a six-stroke deficit. The mini-lake in front of the 18th hole swallowed up a lot of balls. It's currently ranked as the hardest par 5 on the PGA TOUR. There were nine bogeys and 12 scores worse than that Saturday. Mitchell matched Juan Sebastián Muñoz (2020), Brandt Snedeker (2007) and Joe Durant (2005) with seven birdies in a row to begin the round. The 29-year-old Mitchell, whose only career PGA TOUR victory came in the Honda Classic in 2019, had his streak stopped when a putt lipped out on the 17th green. Then the hot air grew drier and breezier, forcing a more conservative approach. The momentum shift, he said, was palpable. His tee shot on box No. 1 after the turn landed into the native grass area. “I was like, ‘If I keep swinging like this and executing like this, we’re going to have a chance, and then the wind picked up and I clearly didn’t,’” said Mitchell, who described his day as “two completely different rounds.” The first half of his card was clearly a keeper. “I actually felt some nerves a little bit, but they were good nerves. It was a good kind of nervous, not like the ‘Hope I don’t miss the cup’ nerves or ‘Where do we stand on the FedExCup’ nerves. It’s more of like, ‘Hey, I’m in contention again, and I want to play well’ nerves, and those are the good kind. Those are the fun kind.” With only three tournaments remaining after this prior to the FedExCup Playoffs, Mitchell is one of several golfers near the 125-man cut who could use a strong performance on Sunday to create a bigger cushion. Mitchell entered the week ranked 114th. Perez was 115th. Chez Reavie, who was two strokes behind Tringale, was 119th. Fowler was 124th.

 

24 Jul 2021


Closing stretch at TPC Twin Cities sets up exciting Sunday

Eighteen holes remain in the topsy-turvy 3M Open outside Minneapolis, and there is so much on the line over such a tiny window of time. A trophy, a huge seven-figure winner’s check, coveted points for FedExCup Playoffs positioning … it all is in the offing as the tournament screeches around the corner toward a final day. RELATED: Leaderboard | Chase for top 125 in the FedExCup heats up at 3M Open | TPC Twin Cities’ par-5 finishing hole anything but a snoozer Cameron Tringale posted a mistake-free, 5-under 66 on Saturday – it included a 4-foot eagle putt at the par-5 12th, set up by a beautiful 3-wood from 262 yards – to wrestle away the 54-hole lead. He has plenty of company nearby as he looks to land his first PGA TOUR victory on Sunday. There are 10 players within two or fewer shots of his lead, and four more lurking only three shots behind. The best part, at least for those without clubs in their hands? There is a great deal of drama awaiting at the finish line. Really, if the first three days have taught us a lesson, it is that anything – anything! – can happen on that dastardly, water-guarded par-5 18th hole at TPC Twin Cities. It plays just a smidge under 600 yards, is reachable in two for most with two well-struck shots, and has a penchant of proving memorable for nearly all. There aren’t many par-5 holes on the PGA TOUR that so openly sneer back at the game’s top players. On Saturday, No. 18 played a half-stroke over par (5.486) and ranked as the toughest hole on the entire course. It even featured a Jean-van-de-Veldian moment as the last group finished, with Bo Hoag, the second-year TOUR member who had performed so well for much of the day, rolling up his pants and wading into the water behind the 18th green to attempt to extricate his fourth shot. Hoag, who played his last four holes in 4 over to shoot 72 (the finish included a double-bogey at the par-3 17th), would chop his ball out of water on his way to a scrambling, closing bogey-6. It still was half a dozen shots better than Sung Kang, who rinsed four balls in the water and made 12, and bettered the efforts of Rickie Fowler and J.T. Poston, who made 8s. “Is this a par 6?” analyst Mark Immelman asked on the CBS broadcast late Saturday afternoon. Hey, it was a legit question. There aren’t many par-5 holes on the PGA TOUR that play over par. The overall recipe for the 3M finish – lots of interesting names in contention, from major winners to those seeking their first PGA TOUR victory, alongside the potential for lots of two-way traffic on Sunday with water lurking on 15 holes – sets up Sunday as one of the most stirring, edge-of-your-seat final rounds we may witness on the PGA TOUR this season. Gary Woodland (67) and Maverick McNealy (68) each missed birdie chances from 8 feet at the 18th, and they’ll each start the final round a shot out of the lead. Woodland, who will be alongside Tringale in the final pairing, is a seasoned player who won the 2019 U.S. Open; McNealy, 25, is looking for his first TOUR triumph. Tringale, 33, stands at 12-under 201. The group of players two shots back at 10-under 203 includes major champions (Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker), long bombers (Jhonnattan Vegas, Cameron Champ), and veteran players thirsty to win again (Chez Reavie, Ryan Armour, Pat Perez). Also in the group chasing is Canadian Roger Sloan (70), who held the lead on his own for part of Saturday and is trying to win for the first time, not to mention improve his FedExCup standing. He currently sits at No. 147 in season points. Keith Mitchell showed everyone early on that there were birdies to be made at TPC Twin Cities. Heading off on No. 10, he birdied his first seven holes, lipping out for his eighth straight at the 17th. (Mitchell shot 66.) By day’s end, winds were picking up (in the 15 mph range) and the finish got tricky. Tringale did well to avoid disaster, or at the very least, steer clear of bogeys down the stretch. Many of his peers could not. “I'm happy with kind of everything, honestly.” Tringale said. The 3M marks his 307th PGA TOUR start; since 2009, no player has played in that many events without winning. “What I want to do better tomorrow is hit my spots on the greens a little better, my approaches. But, I mean, I'm putting … I don't know where I'm at statistically, but I've liked just about every putt I've hit. Hopefully, I'll continue to do that tomorrow. “Just try not to overthink it. That's the key, isn't it?” Tringale is hoping to pull some momentum out of his closing round at TPC Twin Cities a year ago, when he shot 66 and climbed into a tie for third at 3M. “I birdied 18 last year, I remember that,” said Tringale, who needed only 25 putts on Saturday. “I'm just going to have fun. I remember last year's round really well, and I'm excited. I feel like I'm doing everything well in my game for the most part, so just keep my head on straight and try and have some fun and not overthink it.” So many players stuck their mugs into contention on Saturday. Inclement weather was expected to arrive in the Minneapolis area Saturday afternoon, which led to tournament officials moving up third-round tee times. Players teed off both nines in threesomes. But it turned out to be a Chamber of Commerce-type day, with lots of sunshine and calm – at least before players stepped to that tee at the formidable 18th hole. Sung Kang reached the 18th hole 1 under par and shot 77, making a 12. Fowler, seeking his first TOUR victory since 2019, made a nice early run up the leaderboard, playing his first 12 holes in 6 under before slipping with back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14. He still was very much in the tournament picture. Then he came up short on his third shot at 18, his ball splashing down into water, hit his next shot long, and made 8. Hoag, the man on the FedExCup bubble at No. 125, took his bogey at the finish in stride on Saturday. He’ll hope to do better in the final round, and knows he needs a good showing to help out his FedExCup standing with the Playoffs only three weeks away. He is doing his best. “I’ve played under pressure my whole life,” Hoag said, smiling, after walking off 18. “It’s just what I do.” At the 3M, he is not alone.

 

24 Jul 2021


A virus threat took Marc Leishman’s Olympic dream once, but not this time

It was the easiest difficult decision of Marc Leishman’s life. He had a huge desire to represent Australia in the Olympics five years ago. Doing so would put his wife’s health at risk, however. Audrey Leishman was still recovering from a bout of sepsis in 2015 that, according to doctors, gave her just a 5% chance of survival. Her immune system was still compromised over the next year-and-a-half. She was getting sick almost every other week. So, with the Zika virus wreaking havoc in the lead up to Rio de Janeiro, Marc Leishman knew he couldn’t board a plane to Brazil in good conscience. He couldn’t risk bringing Zika -- or any foreign disease, for that matter -- home to his wife. Plus, Audrey desperately wanted to add a third child to join sons Harvey and Ollie once she was fit enough to do so. “At that point I was sick all the time. I can’t even remember the amount of antibiotics I had to be on in that first year in particularly,” Audrey says. “It was hard because in that time I was still compromised and all I wanted was to try for another baby. “But the doctors all said I needed to recover and had to stop being sick every other week. Then, the Olympics come up and it is the opportunity of a lifetime for Marc and you don’t ever want to take that away from your partner. “So we talked it all through with each other and my doctors and unfortunately Marc pulling out became a decision that we just had to make.” Leishman called it a “no-brainer” once all the medical advice was presented to him. “It was an easy decision but still a tough one to make because you don’t want to give up any chance to represent your country,” Leishman said. “But at the end of the day there was just no way I was going to put Audrey at any further risk. Plus, we wanted another child one day and Zika was also a threat to that at the time.” The six-time PGA TOUR winner could only shake his head when it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic would postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games. What were the odds a virus could end his Olympic dream twice? But while the Games are a year behind – and will be done under health protocols and without spectators – the boy from Warrnambool will in fact become an Olympian, joining good friend Cameron Smith on the Australian team. The two paired to win this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans and finished second in the 2018 World Cup of Golf. Leishman had the same childhood dream as many growing up in Australia – to don the green and gold and represent his country. Whether it was in cricket, karate, tiddlywinks or triathlons, didn’t matter. Leishman was 9 years old when he watched Kieran Perkins become a national hero by winning gold in the 1,500-meter freestyle in the 1992 Barcelona Games. But as golf became the most obvious avenue for Leishman’s athletic talents, Leishman’s dreams of Olympic gold faded. Representing his country was always top of mind, however. So, when golf returned to the Olympics, Leishman was excited at the prospect of becoming an Olympian. Now he will be one. “I’m not getting any younger and while I’d like to think I can make the team again in 2024, and maybe even 2028, you never know how often this chance can come around,” Leishman, 37, says. “I’m excited about it. I’m pumped for the chance to play for my country. “It would be huge to win a medal. I’ve grown up wanting to win the majors – I didn’t think of the Olympics past a very young age because I wasn’t good enough at anything else – but to be able to have the chance now is awesome. “Golf in the Olympics is still new but it is already a very big deal. You could see how proud Justin Rose was and is of his gold medal and I’d feel the same way if I won one.” Audrey and the Leishmans’ three kids – daughter Eva was born in July 2017 -- are really revved up to watch dad’s gold medal quest. They’ve ordered special Australian shirts and flags for the viewing parties they’ll have together. Harvey, already an accomplished junior golfer, is 9 years old. Unlike his father, however, he won’t have his eye on the 1500-meter freestyle. He will be watching what happens at Kasumigaseki Country Club, where his father will pursue the prize he dreamed about at the same age.

 

24 Jul 2021


How to watch the 3M Open, Round 3: Featured Groups, live scores, tee times, TV times

Round 3 of the 3M Open takes place Saturday from TPC Twin Cities. Adam Hadwin and Ryan Armour share the lead after both shooting second-round 65s, with a cluster of players just a shot back. Here's everything you need to know to follow the action, including Featured Groups for PGA TOUR LIVE. Leaderboard Full tee times HOW TO FOLLOW (All times ET) TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday, 10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes). Sunday, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes). RADIO: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com). TOURCast: Get shot-by-shot info in real time with shot tracks and video with TOURCast. TOUR Pulse: Get the PGA TOUR app to utilize TOUR Pulse, which provides users the ability to experience a mix of content, such as video highlights, written hole summaries and stat graphics on every player after every hole they complete. FEATURED GROUPS Matthew Wolff, Brandt Snedeker, Denny McCarthy (tee times) Rickie Fowler, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Scott Stallings (tee times) MUST READS Adam Hadwin, Ryan Armour shoot 65s to share 3M Open lead Chase for top 125 in the FedExCup heats up at 3M Open TPC Twin Cities’ par-5 finishing hole anything but a snoozer CALL OF THE DAY

 

24 Jul 2021


Medical extensions: 2020-21 PGA TOUR Priority Ranking

Medicals extensions in order of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Priority Ranking ^ - Qualified for conditional status if he fails to meet the terms on his medical. • Tim Wilkinson … In the only start on his Minor Medical Extension, he finished in an eight-way T36 at the Safeway Open. He fell 76.897 FedExCup points shy of earning a promotion, so he will play out of no worse than Category No. 26 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Branden Grace … In the last start on his Minor Medical Extension, he missed the cut at the 2020 U.S. Open. He fell 114.684 FedExCup points shy of earning a promotion, so he will play out of no worse than Category No. 26 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Hudson Swafford … In the second-to-last start on his Major Medical Extension, he won the 2020 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. As a result, he will play out of no worse than Category No. 9 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Vincent Whaley … In the last start on his Minor Medical Extension, he finished in a five-way T28 at the 2020 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. He fell 107.634 FedExCup points shy of earnings a promotion, so he will play out of no worse than Category No. 26 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Nick Watney … In the last start on his Minor Medical Extension, he missed the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He fell 14.101 FedExCup points shy of earning a promotion, so he will play out of no worse than Category No. 26 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Greg Chalmers … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he finished in an eight-way T50 at the Vivint Houston Open. He fell 234.244 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms and 122.922 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, the Past Champion has been demoted to Category 34 in the Priority Ranking. • Chris Kirk … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he fulfilled its terms with a two-way T2 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. As a result, he will play out of no worse than Category No. 22 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • James Hahn … In the eighth-to-last start on his Major Medical Extension, he fulfilled its terms with a five-way T32 at The American Express. As a result, he will play out of no worse than Category No. 22 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Rafael Campos … In the last start on his medical extension in the graduate reshuffle category, he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. He fell 209.871 FedExCup points shy of earning a promotion, so he will play out of no worse than Category No. 26 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Grayson Murray … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he finished in an eight-way T42 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He fell 298.815 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms. Because he's fully exempt as a 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Finals graduate, he will play out of no worse than Category 26 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Ryan Blaum … In the last start on his Non-exempt Medical Extension, he finished in a five-way T53 at the Puerto Rico Open. He fell 265.527 FedExCup points shy of earning a promotion, so he will play out of no worse than Category 32 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • Camilo Villegas … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he finished in a five-way T8 at The Honda Classic. He fell 60.233 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms, but he cleared the threshold for conditional status by 51.089 FedExCup points, so he will play out of no worse than Category No. 32 in the Priority Ranking for the remainder of the season. • D.A. Points … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship. He fell 350.003 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms and 262.456 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, the Past Champion has been demoted to Category 34 in the Priority Ranking. • Padraig Harrington … In the last start on his Minor Medical Extension, he finished in a four-way T4 at the PGA Championship. He fell 108.369 FedExCup points shy of earning a promotion and 20.822 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, the Past Champion has been demoted to Category 34 in the Priority Ranking. • Jamie Lovemark … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He fell 279.964 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms and 192.417 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, he no longer has status on the PGA TOUR. • John Huh … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he missed the cut at the 2021 U.S. Open. He fell 88.362 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms and 0.815 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, the Past Champion has been demoted to Category 34 in the Priority Ranking. • Sean O'Hair … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he finished in a six-way T32 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He fell 175.769 FedExCup points shy of fulfilling its terms and 88.222 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, the Past Champion has been demoted to Category 34 in the Priority Ranking. • Harrison Frazar … In the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he missed the cut at the John Deere Classic. He fell 320.207 FedExCup points or $510,686 shy of fulfilling its terms and 229.660 FedExCup points short of securing conditional status. As a result, the Past Champion no longer has fully exempt status. * - Because the FedExCup points structure was modified for the 2016-17 season, when golfers on medicals granted to time missed before the conversion earn FedExCup points in a tournament in 2019-20, they will be credited with the values distributed through the 2015-16 season. Thus, both "FedExCup points earned" and "FedExCup points remaining" for these golfers reflect the distribution through 2015-16 and not actual points earned that apply to their FedExCup ranking in the 2019-20 season.

 

24 Jul 2021


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