With Phil Mickelson missing the cut at the 3M Open, Minnesota golf fans got a little luck late Friday evening as the cut line moved down to 3-under par, allowing the No. 1 player in the world, Brooks Koepka, to stick around for the weekend.
Koepka was 4 under after Thursday's opening round, but he shot a 1 over 72 on Friday and needed some late luck to make the cut. That means he'll be back on the course at TPC Twin Cities that he's praised and complained about.
“The course is good. Tell you what, for as much rain as they’ve had, it’s held up really nicely,” Koepka said after Thursday's round. “You know, unfortunately, there’s a lot of ball marks and a lot of divots on the golf course, so it looks like it’s been played a lot, it’s had a lot of traffic over the last couple weeks, months, which is kind of unfortunate.
“But, I mean, the golf course, I think it’s one of the best we play all year. I think I really like it. It’s a place I want to come back to. I enjoy the layout and the setup of this place.”
Koepka, along with Jason Day and Jimmy Walker, only made the cut because Cameron Smith made a triple-bogey on the par 4 ninth to end his day. Had Smith simply made bogey, Koepka and everyone else at 3 under would've missed the cut.
Mickelson, who missed the cut by eight shots, lamented about his stay in Minnesota being shorter than he wanted, but he applauded the course conditions.
"Yeah, I enjoyed my time here. It's a little shorter than I wanted. People here are terrific, golf course is wonderful, great shape, and I just – I'm just not playing really good golf right now," he said after Friday's round.
Sixty-three golfers are between 3 under and 7 under entering the weekend, while 20 others are 8-10 under par. Adam Hadwin is 12 under and Bryson DeChambeau leads at 14 under.
The scores are quite low and it's looking more and more likely that it'll take at least 20 under to win. Scores at future tournaments at the 3M Open might not be as low so long as there's at least a hint of wind in Blaine, of which there hasn't been through the first two days.
Third-round television coverage begins at 12 p.m. on Golf Channel, with CBS taking over from 2-6 p.m.