Still no word from Tiger Woods on if he'll play in the July 4-7 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, but there's still plenty of hope that he'll be there.
While Woods would be a massive draw, the No. 1 player on the planet, Brooks Koepka, is going to be in Blaine along with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Jason Dufner and Lucas Glover.
It's going to be a solid field of PGA Tour pros, which will also include Minnesotans Tom Lehman and Tim Herron.
Will Woods play? Tournament Director Hollis Cavner answered that question during Monday's media day at TPC Twin Cities.
“We’d like to see Tiger here, and we’ll be very happy if and when he decides to commit,” Cavner said. “That’s the answer that I’m allowed to give.”
Cavner noted that Woods has a long history of waiting until the last minute to commit to tournaments. The deadline to commit to the 3M Open is Friday, June 28 – just three days before players arrive in Minnesota for the July 1-7 event.
But there's plenty of reason to believe Woods will commit. As Golf.com explained in late May, the 3M Open falls two weeks before the Open Championship (July 18-21).
"Woods does tend to like that two-weeks-before-a-major approach, which leaves Minnesotan tournament organizers feeling optimistic about leg two of the newly minted Midwest swing. If he plays well at the Memorial and then again at the U.S. Open, his two-weeks-before may gain steam as a better approach than his pre-Bethpage prep."
That corresponds really tightly with Cavner's words to WCCO's Dave Lee recently, when he said "Tiger's people" told him that "if he plays anywhere he'll play us, not anywhere else."
Woods won The Masters for his 15th career major championship in May. Two weeks prior he played in the WGC Dell Match Play event in Austin, Texas. But after winning The Masters, he skipped all four tournaments leading up to the PGA Championship, and then promptly missed the cut.
Perhaps he'll get back to what Cavner says in the norm for him and play two weeks before the The Open.
By the way, BMTN's Adam Uren and I played the 3M Open course on Monday and it was fantastic. It'll play just shy of 7,500 yards for the tournament. I had a couple of birdies out there, so I'm expecting some very low scores from the best players in the world.
Like Cavner said, they want birdies and "train wrecks." Both will be very possible with reachable par 4s, a lot of water hazards, bunkers and what is expected to be very meaty rough.