Blaine, Min. — The third round of the 3M Open was full of shots in the rough and water around the 18th green and sometimes both.
Cameron Tringle stayed out of trouble not so many people came on Saturday – and took the lead in the final round.
Tringle made a short par put for 5-under 66 on the treacherous par-5 18th hole and took a one-stroke advantage over Gary Woodland and Maverick McNeely.
“I drove it really well and gave myself some looks that I capitalized on,” said Tringle, who won the PGA Tour.
Tringle, who finished third at TPC Twin Cities last year, took a par-5 12th lead and made three birdies in the bogie-free round. 33 years old – Tops the crowded leaderboard At 12-under 201. Later in an interview with reporters, he quickly recalled that he birdied 18th in the final round of the 2020 edition of the 3M Open, without fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woodland hit a double bogey at No. 1 with birdies on five of his next six holes in 67. McNally had a bogey-free 68.
“Tomorrow is going to be a birdie. You still have to go down. You just have to play a good round in the air,” Woodland said.
Pat Perez took two shots to join an eight-way tie for fourth to lead 66. Four players were three strokes behind. Louis Osthuizen, ranked No. 9 in the world and the highest-ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings, was only four shots behind in a six-way tie for 16th place.
During another unseasonal day of more than 90-degree heat, scores went up throughout the afternoon with thermometers as drier and cooler air affected the play.
Keith Mitchell set a record with seven consecutive birdies and began his round back on 29 off nine. front nine? He scored 37 for 66, four strokes behind Tringle. Ricky Fowler birdied six of his first 10 holes, before a triple bogey on the unconcerned 18th left him with 70 and finished 29th in a six-stroke deficit.
The mini-lake in front of the 18th hole certainly swallowed a lot of balls. It is currently ranked as Toughest Par 5 on the PGA Tour. There were nine bogeys and 12 scores worse than that Saturday for a cumulative score of 35 overs. The rest of the course was 85-under.
Tringle hit his first two shots safely to the edges of the fairway and landed his third attempt on the edge of the green. His 52-foot shot put himself in equal position.
“It’s picking the right places to be aggressive,” Tringle said.
Fowler, on the other hand, made his third shot quite short of the green. He went to the rough after a penalty stroke. After escaping from him, he left a short 20-foot putt. he adopted Highest score to finish a round in his Tour career.
Michel started the round with seven consecutive birdies, leveling Juan Sebastian Muoz (2020), Brandt Snedecker (2007) and Joe Durant (2005).
The 29-year-old Mitchell, whose only PGA Tour win of his career came in the 2019 Honda Classic, his streak came to a halt when a put out on the 17th green. The hot air then became more dry and windy, forcing a more conservative approach. He said the pace change was obvious. After landing in the country grass field, his tee shot hit the box no.
“I was like, ‘If I kept swinging like this and executing like this, we’d 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 defender.
“I actually felt some nerves a little bit, but they were good nerves. It was a good kind of nerve, not a ‘Hope I miss the cup’ nerve or a ‘where do we stand on FedExCup’ nerve. It More like, ‘Hey, I’m in contention again, and I want to play nice’ nerves, and they’re the good kind. They’re the fun kind.”
With only three tournaments left after this before the FedEx Cup playoffs, Mitchell is one of many golfers nearing the 125-man cut who could use a strong performance to create a big cushion on Sunday. Mitchell entered the week at 114th position. Perez was ranked 115th. Chase Revy, who was two strokes behind Tringle, was 119th. Fowler was ranked 124th.
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