Michael Thompson wins 3M Open by two strokes

BLAINE, Minn. — Michael Thompson birdied two of the final three holes Sunday for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory within the 3M Open, ending off his second PGA Tour win seven years after his first.

Adam Lengthy took second after a 64. Richy Werenski, who shared the lead with Thompson after each Friday and Saturday, had a 70 for his worst spherical of the match and settled for a nine-way tie for third — three strokes again.

Thompson completed at 19-under 265 at TPC Twin Cities. Tony Finau completed within the third-place group, too, after a 68. He was the one one among the many 5 world top-30 gamers within the area to achieve the weekend, far outperforming fellow high-profile friends Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

No person all through the windy and muggy week in Minnesota was steadier than Thompson, who entered the week 151st within the FedEx Cup standings and rocketed as much as 39th on the best way to Tennessee for the World Golf Championships occasion. He deftly steered across the water hazard on the 18th, touchdown his method on the again of the inexperienced inside 15 ft.

With Lengthy within the clubhouse, having performed 5 teams forward, Thompson had two putts to win. He wanted just one, bending backward and thrusting each of his arms straight up within the air after the ball dropped within the cup in a celebration subdued a bit by the absence of spectators as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Thompson’s finest earlier end on this stopped-and-restarted 2020 season was a tie for eighth on the Vacationers Championship in Connecticut, and he missed the minimize in his final begin on the Workday Charity Open in Ohio two weeks in the past. For this win, he not solely secured a spot within the U.S. Open however a prize of $1,188,000, practically 12% of his profession earnings on the tour.

Finau was the one one in competition this weekend who’d already secured his U.S. Open spot, due to his seventh-place end within the FedEx Cup standings final 12 months and No. 16 world rating on March 15 when the coronavirus unfold prompted the three-month pause. The USGA rolled out particular guidelines for participation within the rescheduled Sept. 17-20 main at Winged Foot in New York, after the pandemic worn out the common qualifiers.

In stroke play during the last 4 seasons, Finau has completed 35 rounds inside the highest three, by far essentially the most with out a win on tour over that stretch. Tommy Fleetwood (20) has the second most.

Lengthy, who wanted to birdie his second-to-last gap within the second spherical on Friday simply to achieve the weekend, missed the minimize on three of his final 5 begins out of the pause. He shot a 63 on Saturday, the low rating for the match that was matched 5 different instances over the 4 rounds, and posted eight birdies on Sunday. His bogey on the par-3 17th stood out, leaving his first putt quick, however he picked up the second accessible spot within the U.S. Open along with his second-place end.

Defending champion Matthew Wolff was in putting distance after his birdie on the 14th, however he adopted three straight pars with a six-stroke bogey on the 18th. His tee shot was effectively broad of the golf green, and his fourth attempt from the tough didn’t attain the inexperienced. Wolff completed at 14 underneath.

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