3M Open among 'victims' of 2019-20 PGA Tour schedule

It's tucked between the Open Championship and the Summer Olympics.
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The 3M Open will undoubtedly draw some popular PGA Tour professionals when it comes to Minnesota again next year, but there's no doubt that its placement in the 2019-20 tour schedule is unfortunate. 

It was announced Monday that the 2020 3M Open will be held at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine July 20-26, which will lead into a two-week break as the PGA Tour will not have any tournaments during the bulk of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, scheduled Friday, July 24 through Sunday, Aug. 9. 

Golf Digest calls the 3M Open one of the "victims" of next year's schedule: 

"Those that will be viewed as victims of the altered itinerary include the 3M Open. After a stellar debut featuring a duel between Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa, the Minnesota event is shoehorned between the Open Championship and the Olympics."

The Olympic competition will be held July 27-Aug. 2, meaning top players from around the world will likely be en route to Japan by the time the 3M Open begins round one on Thursday, July 23. 

This year's inaugural 3M Open was a smashing success held over the July 4 holiday weekend, featuring a photo finish between Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. 

It also featured big names like Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and many others. 

Qualification for the Tokyo Olympics will include a total of 60 golfers in men's and women's competition. The top 15 players in the World Golf Rankings will automatically qualify, with a limit of four golfers per country. 

For example, nine of the top 15 players in the world right now are American, so the top four – Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods and DeChambeau – would qualify for Team USA. 

The remaining spots will awarded to the highest-ranked players from countries that don't already have two golfers qualified. 

Next year's main PGA Tour events include the Players Championship in March, the Masters in April, the PGA Championship in May, the U.S. Open in June, and the Open Championship in July. 

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